A recently hired veteran shook hands with President Obama, hoping he'll make good on promises to help others who still need jobs.
The president announced plans to make it easier for companies to hire veterans, and for vets to get training to fill in-demand jobs.
"I believe that no one who fights for this country should ever have to fight for a job when they come home," Obama said.
With the economy still in need of some CPR, and a dismal jobs report, a dozen or so protestors showed up outside a high-dollar campaign fundraiser in downtown Minneapolis.
"Right now the Government's wasting our money and everybody needs to cut back on it," said protestor Ben Schwanke.
But hundreds more showed their support from the streets below to the offices above, everyone trying to steal a brief glimpse of the presidential motorcade.
"It's always exciting to see it," said supporter Carol Carlson. "There were lots of cars. It's really quite exciting to have the president in our city."
Beyond barricades, campaign donors huddled inside The Bachelor Farmer restaurant for an exclusive fundraiser.
Andy Slavitt, who attended the event, said he was star truck, and that the president event gave his wife a hug.
And 7-year-old Dimitri Esades, who also attended the event, said the president helped him straighten his tie.
An Obama campaign staffer said about 100 people attended the fundraiser downtown, where tickets started at $5,000.