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For her fans, Michelle Obama worth the five hour wait

First lady Michelle, Oct. 21, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
First lady Michelle, Oct. 21, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth) AP

Sue Bland and Scott Jeffers showed up at 6:30 a.m. Thursday--more than five hours before First Lady Michelle Obama was scheduled to speak in Denver--but they were determined to get a good spot.

It was dark, it was 45 degrees, and no one was around. They sat on the steps of the arena where Obama would appear later to compaign for Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo.., sipping the coffee they had bought at a nearby gas station.

“This is a big deal,” Jeffers explained. He and Bland, who are store managers, figured it was worth the effort.

“Obama was the voice of change. He took the country in the right direction,” said Bland.

Their persistence paid off. The Udall folks put them to work setting up tales--and got them chairs. And the tempoerature by late morning had climbed into the 60s.

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