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First Family Visits Monticello

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As President Obama swept the Midwest discussing his healthcare plan, Michelle Obama, first daughters, Malia and Sasha, and Michelle's mother, Marian Robinson, were in Central Virginia.

Earlier Thursday they stopped at Luray Caverns in the Shenandoah Valley and then they came to Albemarle County for a private tour of Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello.

They arrived at Monticello shortly after 3:00 p.m. and left at 5:30 p.m. While there, they saw an introductory film about Thomas Jefferson and Monticello and then went on a private tour.

Part of Monticello's facilities were closed to the public during the visit. People we talked to who were visiting Monticello from Nebraska and Texas expressed excitement and shock at seeing the first family.

Secret Service, Albemarle County police, and Virginia State Police were on hand.

The first family ended their Charlottesville trip on the corner. They had a little dinner at The Virginian. They sat in two booths at the Virginian restaurant while secret service agents took their posts all around the building.

Owners Andy and Patrick McClure say Michelle was very happy with her meal. Andy McClure stated, "They had some fantastic Virginian crab cakes, southern fried chicken, a couple of steaks, things like that."

The owners tried to comp the bill, but that was a no-go.

After a quick bite to eat the first family decided to tap into a Charlottesville tradition - having some ice cream at Arch's. Then the first family and a fleet of armored SUVs and agents took off - heading back home to Washington D.C.

Those who had to wait for a tour of Monticello or to get around down here on the streets of the corner say they didn't mind, once they found out who the special VIP guests were.

Reported by Henry Graff
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