The motorcade rushed down Bell Street to the back entrance of the Embassy Suites. The President's limousine was obscured from sight. Snipers stood on rooftops and a police helicopter flew overhead to secure the area.
All of this activity drew people who work downtown to take time and look around. Brandy Askew, Aliant Bank manager, says, "It's very neat. We're making history. I'm glad to be a part of it, to be able to see it."
Some people even made a special trip downtown to catch a glimpse of the President. One was an AUM student, Andrea Grice, who couldn't get a ticket to the town hall meeting. "None of the faculty knew what was going on. Nobody knew how to get tickets. It was a special invite only, just a few hundred people."
What room is more fit for the President than the presidential suite? Bush and his staff were whisked up the service elevator to the top floor of Embassy Suites where they prepped for the town hall meeting.
The entire area surrounding the hotel was off-limits until the Secret Service granted clearance. The President spent about an hour at Embassy suites.
WSFA 12 News was told he wanted a little private time, and have a quick work out before heading to AUM.