Excited Crowd Greets President at Airport

August 22, 2013 Updated Aug 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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August 22, 2013 Updated Aug 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM EDT

Cheektowaga, NY (WKBW) - Even before President Obama made his way to the University at Buffalo, a special crowd of supporters got to meet the Commander in Chief.

Amongst the sharp-shooters and Secret Service Agents, in a highly secure area of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, dozens of people anxiously awaited the President's arrival.

"I feel right now, I didn't expect to be this excited, but it's just kind of overwhelming," Dalonda Walls told Eyewitness News.

Mr. Obama posed for pictures with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Congressman Brian Higgins before heading over to the eager crowd -- even joking about the Bills with one greeter.

However, the most talked about moment came for Margo Downy, an NFTA Commissioner who had been determined to meet the President.

"I was going to make it happen," Downey said.

Downey, who is blind and relies on a guide dog, received the most attention from the President.

"He said hello," Downey explains. "And I said well you can pet Arrow, and he said I'm pettin' him, I'm pettin' him! He said Beau and Sonny, their two dogs, to tell Arrow hi! And I said Arrow says hi to you guys and Sonny and Beau too."

The onlookers all got to shake the President's hand, and wave him off as he boarded Ground Force Once, heading to University at Buffalo.