Two women, however, waited a little longer than most.
Phyllis Manley and Darlene Ford were the first two in line Monday to pick up tickets to see the president.
"He's done so much and I just want to be able to say thank you," said Manley.
The two had been standing in line for almost 24 hours.
"We hugged each other the moment we saw each other," said Ford. "We were just so pleased we were not alone."
Both say a chance to see the president is an opportunity they could not pass up.
"To see the chief, it's a great opportunity," Manley said.
"I want to be able to tell my grandchildren I saw a sitting president -- the first African-American president," Ford said.
President Obama will arrive in Kansas City Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and stay overnight.
He's scheduled to give his speech on the economy at the Uptown Theater on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. before departing Kansas City around 1:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public but you must have a ticket to get in.