A Bristol Democrat who’s running for state Senate wound up with a dead center seat on the stage, a few rows behind President Obama.
“He’s taller than I thought he was,” said Dave Roche, president of the Connecticut Building Trades and Construction Council.
Roche said he was surrounded by Central Connecticut State University students, many of them studying political science. All of them, he said, were upbeat.
“Everybody was excited” to eyeball the president, Roche said.
He said he was happy to hear what Obama had to say as well.
“It’s great to see a president that’s pushing tobring people up instead of trying to take away or push people down,” Roche said. “A rising tide raises all ships.”