Patience pays off for family who waited to see Obama

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SAN DIEGO – President Barack Obama played a round of golf in San Diego Sunday and took time to say hello to onlookers, including one local family who waited hours to see him.

Security was tight at Torrey Pines Golf Course Sunday afternoon as President Obama played the course.

Elizabeth Elliott, her two children and her mother went waited hours at the edge of the golf course grounds for the slim chance they would catch a glimpse of Obama.

"We drove by and thought maybe we could shake his hand, have my kids meet him or take a picture with him," said Elliott.

Their patience paid off.

“We were going in the restaurant, and then somebody said, 'The President’s at the last hole.' We went down there, waited and then he came and we got to meet him," said Elliott’s daughter Makayla Elliott. "I have a video of him shaking my hand! Yeah, it was totally worth the wait."

"Amazing opportunity, he took time to shake everyone's hand and spoke with us. It was perfect," said Elliott.

Grandmother Barbara snapped a few photos.

“Yes, I took photos until he shook my hand. I was so excited!" said Barbara Hutchinson.

The reason for the President’s visit to San Diego remained a mystery Sunday evening. He had no planned public appearances while visiting the area.

President Obama returns to Washington, D.C. on Monday.


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