The VIPs in the crowd in Greensboro were more local.
Obama gave him a shout-out and recognized Congressional candidates Roy Carter and Teresa Sue Bratton, Greensboro Mayor Yevonne Johnson and state Rep. Pricey Harrison.
Also at the event: State Rep. Alma Adams and state Cultural Resources secretary Libba Evans.
Update: The inestimable Mark Binker of the News & Record says he spotted Rep. Earl Jones as well.
Second Update: A spokeswoman for Hagan said she had a previously scheduled event.