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President stops at airport

January 28, 2002

President stops at airport



By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY
andreabh@herald-mail.com


President George W. Bush landed at Hagerstown Regional Airport on Friday afternoon en route to the Camp David presidential retreat.

Bush was headed to Camp David to meet with advisors and work on his upcoming State of the Union address, according to The Associated Press.

Bush will give the State of the Union address Jan. 29.

Security was exceptionally tight at the airport off Showalter Road. People trying to get to the local airport to pick up incoming passengers were denied access. Likewise, arriving passengers had to wait in the terminal until after the president's arrival and departure.

City police were stationed at all entrances to the main passenger terminal, barring any vehicles from entering prior to the president's arrival.

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"They're being really funny about this one," a police officer said.

Spectators in vehicles lining Showalter Road watched presidential jet Air Force One taxi onto the runway at about 3:30 p.m. before disappearing behind the terminal building.

One of two nearby helicopters lifted off the runway about six minutes later, circling north then east towards Camp David. The second helicopter trailed a few minutes later.

A motorcade with a black limousine, sport utility vehicle and sedan exited the airport soon after the first helicopter.

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