Photo Essay: Hyde Park Welcomes Obama Back

President Obama stopped by Valois restaurant for an interview with Lester Holt from NBC news on January 10th, shortly before his farewell address. The Hyde Park community lined the street in expectation.

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Students gather in the hope of seeing Obama.

By Feng Ye, Giovanna DeCastro, and Yao Xen Tan

UChicago students wait outside Valois early on Tuesday in hopes of seeing Obama.
UChicago students wait outside Valois early on Tuesday in hopes of seeing Obama. ()
Chicago Police officers shut down 53rd street in preparation for Obama’s arrival at local Hyde Park favorite Valois.
Chicago Police officers shut down 53rd street in preparation for Obama’s arrival at local Hyde Park favorite Valois. ()
Secret Service and other White House staff enjoy lunch at Valois before Obama arrives for his interview.
Secret Service and other White House staff enjoy lunch at Valois before Obama arrives for his interview. ()
A Hyde Park resident sings a song for Obama after telling a Secret Service agent that he would ‘Bow down to [Obama’s] feet and kiss his feet.’”
A Hyde Park resident sings a song for Obama after telling a Secret Service agent that he would ‘Bow down to [Obama’s] feet and kiss his feet.’” ()
Students gather in the hope of seeing Obama.
Students gather in the hope of seeing Obama. ()
Media stations broadcast about Obama's return to Hyde Park.
Media stations broadcast about Obama’s return to Hyde Park. ()
Hyde Park residents and UChicago students cheer on as hometown President Obama finally arrives at Valois.
Hyde Park residents and UChicago students cheer on as hometown President Obama finally arrives at Valois. ()
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Members of the public continue to wait outside Valois while Obama’s interview with Lester Holt takes place.
Members of the public continue to wait outside Valois while Obama’s interview with Lester Holt takes place. ()