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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There were just 50 donors who greeted President Obama at the home of attorney Mark Stanley for a high-dollar fundraising dinner Wednesday evening.

But neighbors said they didn’t need to be on the guest list to soak in the presidential visit. “Yay!” one homeowner who lines the streets yelled.

Resident Christy Ricketts said, “Anytime he comes to dinner in your neighborhood that’s pretty special.”

Ricketts and her children walked as close as the crowds get. The Secret Service and Dallas police kept a strong presence in the hours leading up to the arrival of the President.

Stacey Titen said, “A lot of activity has been happening over the last week.” Her son, Josh, was excited about the Commander-In-Chief being so close. “I like to play basketball, so I’d like to see how good he is,” the youngster said jokingly.

Not everyone awaiting the President’s arrival favored his politics. Beth Harrison, with the group Overpasses for America, called attention to the border crisis.

“What is more important, our country or a fundraiser?” she asked. “I have a big problem with that.”

As for Ricketts, a glimpse alone was worth waiting in the heat. “You can teach your children about the President, no matter what your political views I think it’s important to respect the office,” she said.

Before the barbeque dinner began, the President spoke briefly, thanking the Democratic supporters who paid anywhere from $10,000 per person to $32,000 per couple to attend the event.

President Obama left the dinner and went straight to the airport. He has other fundraising events in Austin tonight and tomorrow.

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