MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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March 23, 2012

Oklahomans turn out to get view of president

CUSHING — Some cheered while others chanted in protest as President Barack Obama passed through Cushing en route to deliver a speech in a pipe field north of Ripley on Thursday.

But whether they opposed the building of the Keystone XL pipeline, Cushing put its best foot foward as crowds lined both sides of Highway 18.

“It’s an honor to have the sitting president to come to your community and to our state,” Joe Naifeh, owner of Cushing’s Naifeh’s Deli and Grill, said.

“As far as us as a business, business has been very brisk the last several days with the anticipation of (Obama) coming.”

Young and old lined the streets hoping to at least get a glimpse of the motorcade.

Veronique Goodall traveled from Oklahoma City with her husband and three teenagers to wave as the president passed by.

“This is a great opportunity for them while they’re on their spring break,” Goodall said. “When they go back to school and the teacher asks, ‘What did you do on your spring break?’ they can say, ‘Oh, we got to see our president.’ ”

Nick Snow writes for the Stillwater NewsPress.

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