Thousands of people were lined up outside the University of North Florida Arena in the Southside, and many of them believed Thursday just might be their last opportunity to see President Barack Obama as the country's president.
"I love him, I'm such a big fan," say Florida State students Alexis Kmieck and Alvaro Barrios. They were first in line to see the president.
I'm seeing Obama live and in the flesh in 12 hours this is the best day of my LIFE pic.twitter.com/uJIewIquuJ— alexis (@gdi_kmieck) November 3, 2016
They drove nearly 3 hours late last night from Tallahassee and the self-proclaimed 'Obama fans' arrived to UNF at 1 in the morning.
Sisters Lauren and Maddison Feegan arrived shortly after the FSU students.
"I'm so tired. I want to take a nap," says one sister.
This is the second time they've seen the president up close. The first time they attended his 2008 inauguration.
Plenty of students arrived to the arena well before the president was due to speak and it was a good decision: these folks beat the rush.
A different set of sisters said they had a hard time finding parking, but that wouldn't stop them from seeing the president.
"I'm here today with my 79-year-old sister," says one supporter. "She thinks Obama is her son. She loved him forever and ever and if she didn't see him today she would have died." She laughs off the joke.
Dakota Access Pipeline protesters also rallied in the hopes the Obama administration would block construction of the pipeline they say threatens water supplies and sacred sites.
The president said in an interview with NowThis Wednesday to say that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is examining possible alternative routes for the pipeline.
Obama arrived in Jacksonville just after 2 p.m. and went straight to the university. His visit is part of a final push for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in Florida who has been down in recent polls.
Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.