As the clock struck noon Air Force One touched down at McGhee Tyson Airport making Tennessee history.
The President greeted a group of local officials including Governor Bill Haslam with a wave.
Behind the President, a group of three Tennessee Republicans, Senators Bob Corker, Lamar Alexander and Representative John Duncan.
A few miles away crowds gathered along roadways with hopes to catch a glimpse of the President as he arrived at Pelissippi State Community College.
K.C. Smith, spectator, "People of all ages and all over. Who may have otherwise never crossed paths shared a once in a lifetime moment."
Xavier Presley, spectator, "The President wants to develop a higher education program modeled after the one in Tennessee. It would give the first two years of community college 'free' to anyone who will work for it."
Phee Wilson is a mother of two and believes the program would be a step in the right direction. "Others are hopeful both parties are starting to reach across the aisle by teaming up for the historic event."
With a final wave the President was gone as quick as he came. Leaving much of the country talking about the possibility of free education.