Standing room only at Pellissippi State as Obama pushes to make community college free for all (video)

President Barack Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Knoxville.

Megan Boehnke

Knoxville News Sentinel

En route to Pellissippi State, pockets of local residents lined Alcoa Highway with cameras and signs. At least a hundred people gathered at the intersection of Alcoa Highway and Hardin Valley Road, and more stood across the street from the campus.

Bundled in coats, hats and gloves, most locals along the motorcade route seemed to be supporters. They held hand-made signs that read "President Obama shake our hand" and "We love our president."

At least one, however, was a fan of the vice president: "Joe Biden is my spirit animal."

The motorcade arrived at the college at about 12:45.

At Pellissippi State, it was standing room only in an auditorium that seats 495 people inside a building named for Sen.