Guards abandoned their Sciences Library posts, and studiers ran down from the stacks. Sports teams crowded the sidewalks of Waterman Street at the corner of Thayer on their walk back from the OMAC. A RIPTA bus stood stalled on Thayer, and passersby stopped and stared. All for what? A 30-second drive-by by at least 20 vehicles, 12 motorcycles and one limo with tinted windows, with President Obama waving from inside.
At approximately 6:35 p.m., on his trip back from a speech at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Obama and his motorcade flew down Waterman Street on their way to a dinner and jack-o-lantern making event at a home on the East Side.
Earlier in the day, Obama spoke at a buckle factory in Woonsocket, R.I.
In time for his visit to the Ocean State, he announced he would not endorse a candidate in the state’s gubernatorial race. Democrat Frank Caprio was hoping for a nod, but Obama “decided against issuing an endorsement in the race for Rhode Island governor due to his feelings toward ‘his friend Lincoln Chafee,’ ” independent candidate and former U.S. Senator, according to the Providence Journal. “I never asked President Obama for his endorsement,” Caprio said, in a radio interview this morning. “He can take his endorsement and really shove it, as far as I’m concerned.”
Check tomorrow’s Herald for more on Obama’s Lil’ Rhody appearance.