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Paramount Hands Out for Free Tickets for Obama Economy Talk

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At 8:30 a.m., the Paramount Theatre began handing out free tickets for a chance to see President Barack Obama in Austin later this week.

Obama will be in town this week to help raise money for the Democratic National Committee. He'll arrive Wednesday to take part in a private fundraiser. On Thursday, he will attend another Democratic National Committee event and then head to the Paramount Theatre to talk about the economy.

People spent the night outside the Paramount to make sure they would be the first in line for tickets to Thursdays' event. The tickets are free but will be handed out on a first-come-first-served basis.

People we talked to who began waiting in line Wednesday night said it's an opportunity they just couldn't miss.

"I see it as kind of like putting in a long 12 hour shift at work for a really great reward," Jeff Britt said. "He's not only the president, he's a very historical president and I don't know, I'd love to see him."

Obama's last visit to Austin was in April when he gave the keynote address at the Civil Rights Summit and also attended a memorial service for the Fort Hood shooting victims.

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