The idea that there's a lack of enthusiasm for Barack Obama among his liberal base?
Not the case in Ybor City.
Free passes for the president's scheduled appearance at Hillsborough Community College this Friday were distributed at four locations in Hillsborough County and St. Petersburg at 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. The line for tickets in Ybor stretched from the Obama For America offices at the corner of 6th Avenue and 14th Street all the way to 13th Street and 7th Avenue.
It was hard to say how many people were in line, but it looked to be roughly around 600-800 people, possibly more.
Making an appearance moments before the first tickets were distributed was Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who was all smiles when talking about the president. And why not? Buckhorn found out earlier today that the city has won a $10.9 million TIGER grant to construct the Kennedy Boulevard Plaza segment of the Riverwalk. (He got the news via text from Senator Bill Nelson while attending a Port Authority meeting.)