Security ramped up in Rhode Island with President's visit
NEWPORT, R.I. — Security was tight in Newport as President Obama arrived in town for a fundraiser.
Secret Service officers and Newport Police kept a close watch on Ocean Avenue, down the road from where the President was speaking at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
"We didn't hear them, didn't see them. I mean, they must be like right at tree level," Christy Marinelli said.
She and her husband, Frank, waited to see the President's helicopter land, but they never saw it because it flew in so low.
NBC 10 was on Gooseberry beach and saw the helicopter fly in to land at Seafair, the mansion at which the fundraiser was hosted.
"That's pretty stealth that they were able to land without us even seeing them," Frank Marinelli said. "We see the roof of the house and they obviously came in below the roof of the house."
The Secret Service asked NBC 10 to move from Gooseberry Beach further down Ocean Avenue as soon as the President's helicopter landed.
Earlier in the day, Secret Service and police officers patrolled the grounds at Seafair, which is owned by former Nortek CEO and local philanthropist Richard Bready.
The home is listed for sale at $19,000,000.
About 60 guests attended the fundraiser, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other local and national politicians.
Each guest paid as much as $32,000.
At the fundraiser, Obama spoke to Democratic donors and blamed Republicans for the problems in Congress, saying he needs a Congress willing to work with him on the nation's problems.
With security tight for the President's visit, many of those hoping to catch a quick look at the President just decided to head home.
"We probably won't see them leave if we didn't see them come in," Christy Marinelli said.
The President left Newport late Friday evening to head back to the White House.