Obama says goodbye to RI after brief visit

Sen. Reed, Gov. Chafee greet Pres. Obama

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — Air Force One departed from T.F. Green Airport Friday night following the president’s short-lived visit to Rhode Island.

President Obama was in Newport to attend a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which works to elect Democrats to the House of Representatives.

The president’s plane touched down in Warwick at about 6:15 p.m., then took off again just before 10 p.m.

Parking bans and road closures put in place in Newport for the president’s visit are no longer in effect.

Newport Police Lt. William Fitzgerald said the department prepared all week for the event.

“It takes a lot of planning to make sure we have enough of our staffing for this event,” said Fitzgerald, who urged drivers to be patient. “We’re just warning to expect delays.”

Osprey aircraft arrive at T.F. Green Airport ahead of President Obama's visit to Rhode Island.
Osprey aircraft arrive at T.F. Green Airport ahead of President Obama’s visit to Rhode Island.

Earlier on Friday, Obama was at a fundraiser in Westchester County, New York, to benefit the Democratic National Committee, which is still paying off debt from the 2012 campaign season.

It was the Ocean State’s second presidential visit of the week. On Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton was in Providence to stump for general treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner.

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