More than 2,000 Amazon employees and dozens of city and state leaders awaited President Barack Obama’s arrival at the local Amazon fulfillment centerTuesdayafternoon.
After the Pledge of Allegiance, national anthem and comments from Amazon leaders, the crowd was expecting the president; but as of1:40 p.m., he hadn’t taken the stage.
Obama landed in Chattanooga at12:25 p.m., according to the White House.
White House leaders said that, from the airport, the president’s motorcade of about 20 cars, such as police cruisers and vans carrying the press, traveled north on Lee Highway, then south on Highway 153 before getting on Interstate 75.
Many people were sitting on top of their cars to watch the motorcade pass.
The president arrived at Amazon at12:50 p.m.
He is expected to speak at 2 p.m.
Media such as CNN, Al-Jazeera and the Knoxville News Sentinel are in attendance.
President of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Ron Harr is at Amazon, as well as Mayor Andy Berke, Rep. Gerald McCormick and former Rep. Zach Wamp.
Amazon employee Lydia Flanders is going to introduce Obama.
She said she never imagined she’d be so close to the president.
Having him here is an honor, she said.
“It’s historic,” she said.