President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in New Orleans with an hour to spare before the big College National Championship football game between No 1. Louisiana State University, (LSU) and No. 3 Clemson University.
And they entered the New Orleans’s Mercedes-Benz Dome to a hero’s welcome, reported Fox News.
The visit is his second to an LSU game this season and is his seventh to New Orleans since 2017. There had been speculation during this last week of the president’s intention to attend the big game, after he had attended a November game between the university’s Tigers and the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Radio station, WWL reported that Air Force One had landed at around 6 p.m. at Louis Armstrong Airport.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome was packed and waiting for the president’s arrival before the big game. When President Trump and the first lady entered the stadium, their images were flashed to the big boards, allowing everyone to see their appearance. Thunderous applause and chants of “USA! USA!” greeted the couple as they made their way onto the field before the national anthem.
Many spectators booed him at Game 5 of the World Series between the Nationals and the Houston Astros in Washington, D.C., last October, but this time it was different.
Crowd cheers @FLOTUS and @POTUS at the #NationalChampionship.
Chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A” could also be heard. pic.twitter.com/XasbyukoRB
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 14, 2020
People are beginning to show the president the respect he deserves, and the recent take-down of Iranian Quds Force terrorist leader Gen. Soleimani, with a precision strike at Baghdad International Airport, was something for crowds to show their appreciation toward.
The president’s visit caused some headaches for organizers. However, Clemson fan and former military personnel Tony Waldrop didn’t mind. He felt the president’s visit added something extra to the game.
Streets were clogged with traffic, highways closed, and Secret Servicemen scurried everywhere.
“Coming in the door and seeing the extra metal detectors off the bat made me feel a little better,” Waldrop said. “Knowing he’s going to be and knowing there’s going to be even more security kind of gives me a feeling of comfort,” said Waldrop, reported USA Today.