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President Obama to visit KU on Thursday

President Barack Obama spoke about the economy at Osawatomie High School on Dec. 6, 2011, the last time the president had spoke in Kansas.
President Barack Obama spoke about the economy at Osawatomie High School on Dec. 6, 2011, the last time the president had spoke in Kansas. File photo

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the University of Kansas on Thursday, university officials announced Friday.

In an e-mail from the White House Press Office, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the President during his visit to Lawrence will discuss themes he’ll lay out in his State of the Union address Tuesday. The stop at KU is one of two mentioned in the e-mail.

Obama is also scheduled to deliver remarks at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday. Further details were not immediately available.

On a news release posted Friday on KU’s website, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little called the president’s visit “an exciting time for KU.”

“Our community will be honored to welcome President Obama to the University of Kansas,” Gray-Little said in the release. That the university will “have an opportunity to share our bold aspirations with him only adds to that excitement.”

The university plans to post additional details of the visit on www.news.ku.edu when they become available.

Obama, whose mother was a Kansas native, last visited the state in December 2011 for a speech in Osawatomie. First Lady Michelle Obama addressed graduating students from the Topeka school district in May, on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision.

Obama will be the fourth sitting U.S. president to visit KU, the university said. The others were William H. Taft in 1911, Rutherford B. Hayes in 1879 and Ulysses S. Grant in 1873.

Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton have all visited KU after they left office.

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