Ferdaus Ahmad, of Bettendorf, was not expecting a hug when she greeted President Barack Obama on Wednesday at Quad City International Airport, and it is also unlikely that she knew he was a science buff.
Ms. Ahmad, who teaches physics and other science at local junior colleges, was one of a handful of people who were allowed to greet the president at the foot of the stairs when he left Air Force One.
She said the president greeted her and said it was nice to meet her, and when she told him her specialty, the greeting became a little warmer.
The president hugged her and said, "I love physics," she said.
Ken Fordham, of Eldridge, was also up close. President Obama shook his hand and thanked him for his support.
"It was great," Mr. Fordham said.
Kylie Jansen and Jackie Howard, both 17 and of Davenport, didn't get to be at the foot of the stairs, but the teens did get to be part of the meet and greet with the president, which happened about 50 yards from Air Force One. It involved about 30 civilians and a dozen Air Force personnel who were separated from the president by waist-high metal fencing covered in red, white and blue bunting trimmed with stars.
"To see him on a personal level was absolutely amazing," Ms. Howard said.
Ms. Jansen said that since neither of them are old enough to vote yet, they decide to help in President Obama's local campaign and encourage people to vote.
Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.