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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City woman has already staked her claim in line to get free tickets to see President Barack Obama speak about the economy at the Uptown Theater on Wednesday.

Darlene Ford set up shop with a lawn chair around 9 o'clock Sunday morning, which means she will have waited 24 hours before theater officials start handing out first-come, first-served tickets.

The proud Democrat said she campaigned for President Obama in the past two elections.

She saw him give a speech during his first campaign, but hasn't seen him in person since he became a sitting president. Now that he's coming to Kansas City on Wednesday, she knew this was her big chance.

"It's the president of the United States!" she said. "Who doesn't want to see the POTUS? It's the leader of the Free World! I want to be able to tell my grandchildren that I got a chance to hear him speak."

Ford brought all of the essentials: water, food, her favorite book and her lucky charm, a ceramic doll she affectionately calls "Fat Baby".

The theater employees even lent her an extension cord so she can charge her phone.

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