CASCADE, Iowa - The first faculty meeting of the school year at Cascade High School was cut short by a presidential visit.
President Obama, en route to his campaign event in Dubuque, surprised staff at the school late Wednesday morning. Obama thanked the faculty for their work as educators, then held a brief question-and-answer session before leaving for Dubuque.
Outside, even more Western Dubuque Community Schools staff waited to get a glimpse of the President as he boarded his tour bus, dubbed "Ground Force One" by the press.
Michele Meade, a high school science teacher, said their meetings were abruptly cut short, and staff began to put two and two together when they noticed Secret Service agents roaming the campus.
"It's a great experience to share with our students," Meade said.
Obama was playful with the staff, noting he would take questions from any person except for "the guy in the Packer shirt."