Crowd gathers to welcome the president
People started gathering at Cody Kouba’s business Driftwood Pool Services around noon — it was about four hours before the president would arrive.
His lot is on Foley Road directly across from the International Union of Operating Engineers Interational Training and Education Center, where President Donald Trump addressed an invite-only crowd to talk about his executive orders aimed at expediting growth in the oil and gas business.
American flags were all over the lot. People brought Trump 2020 signs. Several people brought homemade signs.
One boy held a sign that read, “Honk 4 Trump,” which several passing motorists did.
Kouba, who also has a pipeline business, wanted to support the oil and gas business as well as give people an opportunity to see the presidential motorcade, so he opened his 6-acre lot to anybody who wanted to be there.
The lot runs right up to the road down which the presidential motorcade passes. There were Harris County police officers and Secret Service agents there, but Kouba said he was never contacted about any potential security issues.
“I say not at all; I don’t know what they did,” he said. “I made jokes about it. They’ve probably been looking forward to it for about a month or so.”
People of all ages were there. There were several kids whose parents let them stay home from school for a chance to see the presidential motorcade.
One girl held a sign that read, “My mom let me skip school to see the president.”
Kouba grew up in Crosby on Foley Road and still lives on Foley Road. He said that, being a local, he saw a bunch of people that he had gone to school with.
One of the highlights during the hours of waiting was a 5-ton armored truck, which Michael Pohorily brought.
He doesn’t bring the truck out often (though he said it is a completely street legal vehicle which he has car insurance for).
He mostly brings it out for parades. He used it to pick up a couple hundred people during Hurricane Harvey.
American flags adorn the truck at all times, but Pohorily put a large Trump/Pence 2020 banner on the sides of the truck for the event.
“No. 1, to support Trump,” he said about why he brought the truck out. “I think he’s doing a lot of good things for all the working Americans, and I think we’re going on the right track; he just needs to be able to do things now.”
He let kids climb in it and blew the loud train horn a couple times.
When the presidential motorcade finally drove by and turned into the training center, everybody grabbed their phones and started taking pictures and videos and they waved and cheered.
The cameras and cheers returned when the presidential motorcade pulled out of the training center about an hour later.