This visit is Obama's seventh to Minnesota as president. He also came to the state three times as a candidate in 2008. *Thanks to research from the Star Tribune's Sandy Date.
Here's the press pool report about Air Force One flying to and landing at MSP:
AF1 landed at the Mpls-St.Paul Airport at 1:30 local time. Obama disembarked -- now tieless --under sunny skies (with just minutes left in the World Cup game.)
Greeters, per the White House:
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges
Colonel Keith T. Wesley, 934th Airlift Wing Commander
Obama spoke for a few minutes with the governor before going over to shake hands at a rope line.
Minutes later we are rolling to the first OTR.
One bit of "news" from the flight. Still photographers were brought to the front of the plane for an unexpected spray of the president watching the USA v Germany World Cup match. It was stills only, no TV or print.
You pooler took a look at the photos. You should, too, if you're interested. Here's a brief description: Potus watched the game from the AF1 conference room. He was seated at the long table and turned toward the TV mounted on the wall. His shirt sleeves were rolled up, but tie still on. POTUS was seated next to Valerie Jarrett. Pfeiffer was across the table. Others in the room were Anita Decker Breckenridge, David Simas, Josh Earnest and Dag Vega. The table was empty, save for Jarrett's Diet Coke can and baskets that may have held snacks or bread.
Thanks to NYT's Doug Mills, who managed to get the shot and offer this bit of color: Mills described POTUS as engaged in the game. He watched the president lean forward and then groan as USA narrowly missed a goal.
Earnest gaggled on the flight. Highlights to come.
Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to spend time with the president during his visit.
From his public schedule:
"At 12:00pm, Governor Dayton will greet President Obama as he arrives in Minnesota at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. This event is open to the press.
At 1:30pm, Governor Dayton will attend a town hall meeting with President Obama at Sea Salt Eatery (4825 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis). This event is open to the press."
From the White House pool report en route to Minnesota:
Greetings from Andrews AFB, where the president is taking off for an overnight in exquisite Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Obama is slated to host a town hall and attend a fundraiser for the DCCC. Scattered around those events, he's due to spend time with a Minneapolis woman as part of a new "Day in the Life" series of events. We do not yet have details on the timing or access of those stops. Your pooler will send info along soonest.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest is expected to gaggle en route.
We have some notable flyers today. Rep. Keith Ellison and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman are flying with POTUS. Coleman came back and said hello to the pool as he toured the plane on what he said was his first AF1 flight.
Also traveling on AF1, although not in the press cabin, is George Stephanopoulos, the new chief anchor of ABC News.
Marine One landed at 11:10 am. Obama emerged to cheers from a group of ROTC kids who gathered at the gate to watch. The president got another cheer when he saluted at the top of the steps before boarding AF1.
Earnest, Dan Pfeiffer, Valerie Jarrett, Anita Decker Breckenridge and Marvin Nicholson followed.
At 11:18 we are rolling.