On Friday, January 9th, Lisa Martin of Papillion received an unexpected phone call from the Secret Service saying President Barack Obama would be visiting her home during an Omaha stop on Wednesday.
Martin says, “I didn’t believe it was real. I thought my friend was pranking me. When it sunk in and it was actually real I called my husband and started to get the house ready.”
President Obama’s motorcade pulled up to the Papillion – La Vista teacher’s home around 2:45 p.m. President Obama greeted Martin and then walked next door to speak with neighbors waiting outside. President Obama visited with Martin’s family for about 45 minutes.
Martin says, “They said just treat him like a regular guy. Treat him like he is your friend or neighbor coming into your home. That is truly what he is. We talked about my dance competition and asked me questions about teaching school. He was really listening.”
Secret Service members could be seen escorting children closer to Martin’s home during the visit. President Obama took time to shake hands with the children and take a few pictures before leaving the Papillion neighborhood. During the visit a car seat was put into one of the vehicles in the motorcade for Martin’s young son. The family then traveled to the University of Nebraska – Omaha’s Baxter Arena where Martin introduced President Obama to a crowd of 8,000.
The visit was prompted by a letter she wrote to President Obama in January of last year where she voiced her concerns about the nation’s future and what kind of world her young son would grow up in.