President Barack Obama visited Delaware Thursday afternoon to address the nation's need to improve road and highway infrastructure.
President Barack Obama visited Delaware this afternoon to address the nation’s need to improve road and highway infrastructure.
The President spoke at stage set up at the Port of Wilmington, near the damaged I-495 bridge which was closed in June.
His visit to Delaware began with Air Force landing at the New Castle Airport at 12:22 p.m. Sen. Chris Coons and Rep. John Carney, both from Delaware, also flew with the President on Air Force One.
The President was greeted by Gov. Jack Markell and gave a hug to both Attorney General Beau Biden and wife Hallie. Also greeting the President was New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon; New Castle Mayor Donald Reese; Brigadier Gen. Carol Timmons, assistant adjutant general for the Delaware Air National Guard; and Col. Michael Feeley, commander of the 166th Airlift Wing on base.
On hand for the arrival were invited guests, including New Castle County Council President Chris Bullock and 30 or so members of the Delaware Army and Air National Guards.
The President's motorcade left the airport at 12:36 p.m. He ate lunch at Charcoal Pit just north of Wilmington.
After lunch, he traveled by motorcade to the Port of Wilmington where arrived at 1:47 p.m. Shortly after 2 p.m., he gave his speech, which lasted about 20 minutes, about his plan to strengthen the nation's transportation infrastructure.
His motorcade returned to the New Castle Airport at 2:45 p.m., and Air Force One took off about 10 minutes later.
A story with more details about the President’s visit and the details of his infrastructure plan will be posted on our website this evening.