Former President Obama makes Omaha appearance on behalf of charity

Published: Mar. 12, 2017 at 1:39 PM CDT
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Former President Barack Obama was back in the metro for a brief visit Sunday. A little more than a year after visiting as the sitting president, the now former commander-in-chief brought his star power back to town for a charity event.

Obama Visit

Local Democratic Party officials confirmed his visit to WOWT 6 News.

Details of the visit were largely under wraps but we're told it's strictly a charity appearance, not a political event.

Omaha Police were on hand outside Happy Hollow Golf Course as the president made his way in for the event. Obama met with billionaire Warren Buffett. Susie Buffett said she and her father spent about 2½ hours together in a private room at the country club where her father is a member.

Susie Buffett declined to say what the three discussed during the lunch except that she said the meal wasn't a fundraiser. The Buffetts both had Thunderbird salads and Obama had a taco salad.

A well-connected DC source tells WOWT 6 News he suspects Obama was in Omaha asking Buffet for money for his presidential library.

The president was here in the local spotlight in January 2016 on the heels of his State of the Union address. He spoke to a packed house at Baxter Arena but perhaps the most indelible stamp he left during that trip was during a visit to a Papillion neighborhood.

The president had a one-on-one, hour-and-a-half chat with teacher Lisa Martin at her Papillion home after she had written him a letter wondering about the future and what it holds for her son.

That part was scripted. The part that followed came as a complete surprise and lit up the neighborhood. Obama stepped outside and spent some time talking with others in the neighborhood who had picked up the buzz and followed it out their front doors to find the President of the United States.

On Sunday, some 14 months later, President Obama made a quiet entrance to Omaha - no crowds, no fanfare - a visit to benefit charity. Eppley Airfield police confirm that Obama's private jet left Omaha just before 4 p.m.