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On Questions abound about Obama's KU visit


gphawk89 5 years ago

Questions certainly do abound. Ones like: "Will he still take time to come visit in the immediate wake of a terrorist attack on US soil?"

Daniel Kennamore 5 years ago

Why would the political lean of the state matter?

jonas_opines 5 years ago

To some, the only details that DO matter are the most superfluous.

Daniel Kennamore 5 years ago

Four days is an eternity in political time. No reason to cancel unless something else happens.

PhilChiles 5 years ago

What do you want him to do, dust for fingerprints? This is a law enforcement issue. You develop leads and follow them through; even if Obama has to make any decisions, don't worry, I'm pretty sure he gets cell phone coverage out here. I'm guessing he has ways of contacting people.

Steve Jacob 5 years ago

And we thought traffic would be bad enough before this.

Frank A Janzen 5 years ago

He's coming to Kansas to take Sam Brownback to the woodshed.

jonas_opines 5 years ago

How precious, you've started your countdown again.

Did you get a new calendar, or did you just use the same one that you started in 2009? Inquiring minds want to know.

overthemoon 5 years ago

So have you passed out of this galaxy yet or are you just hung up in some asteroid field in the outer reaches?

arch007bak 5 years ago

Shouldn't that be "Apology Tour 2013" and if so, wouldn't the headliner be Brownback?

jimmyjms 5 years ago

Lawrenceguy, don't you have a job or a hobby or something to direct your nonsense at?

CreatureComforts 5 years ago

You do realize that when you include his middle name only in an obvious attempt to skew peoples thoughts of him, it only makes YOU look like the fool, right? No? Well, best learn.

Noweigh 5 years ago

I thought Teddy Roosevelt came to Lawrence and dedicated the "horse fountain" in South Park when it was located at 9th and New Hampshire(or thereabouts) while he was President. Is that urban legend, the truth or did he do it after his presidency??

fiddleback 5 years ago

Yes, and then Woodrow Wilson came to town in 1916. But they were looking more specifically for a POTUS visit to KU, so Hayes could indeed have been the last one. And fortunately, our adorably nostalgic legislature had the foresight to restore our state to its 1879 condition in advance of Obama's visit.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

Yep, it is true.

On August 31, 1910, a crowd of 6,000 citizens and visitors attended a formal dedication of the Roosevelt Fountain, the granite display fountain. President Theodore Roosevelt was present at the ceremony, arriving by train at the Santa Fe station in Lawrence. The fountain was originally located at the intersection of New Hampshire and Warren (now Ninth) Streets, because of its proximity to a livery stable.

However, with increasing automobile traffic, the fountain's location soon became unpopular after many dented fenders. The fountain was moved to Robinson Park in 1929, just west of present-day City Hall, with the promise of protection.

In 1965, the Lawrence Flower Club members, celebrating their 40th year, petitioned the city commission and parks department to move the forgotten fountain to a site in South Park. Later, a rose garden was created in South Park by Robert Rankin.


Centerville 5 years ago

Just think of the poor intern who's been assigned this research. Ha!

graylanternlizard 5 years ago

I vote no for the visit. Let's just save the taxpayers of the city, county, state and the federal government, the money required for an unwanted visit. Really?!?!? Let's try to look at the big picture (governing or should I say NOT governing the United States).

Mike Reid 5 years ago

So you think every president should sit in the White House and never leave? Never visit the country he or she leads or speak to people outside of Washington?

jonas_opines 5 years ago

@mar21: Nah, if Obama did that they'd just say that he wasn't engaged enough in the people outside of DC.

Bush Derangement Syndrome, Obama Derangement Syndrome. All the same. When you hate somebody, everything that they do is offensive.

CreatureComforts 5 years ago

I vote yes for the visit, and my tax money is just as good as yours.

Sue McDaniel 5 years ago

No clue why he would come here and since I am NOT a fan hope he doesn't. I would not be interested in seeing him at all and it doesn't sound like most will unless it is a photo op or you are a large donor. Why not a larger venue where all of his fans could see him?

Sunny Parker 5 years ago

I wonder if he'll make time for a game of golf while here. What a waste of tax dollars! Stay home Barry Hussein!

fiddleback 5 years ago

Yet another oblivious trumpeting of the middle name just like other dead-enders wave the stars and bars...

mom_of_three 5 years ago

insert Texas for lawrence and Texas for kansas, and you pretty much have described Bush's last term.

fiddleback 5 years ago

If you have no idea why he's coming, how do you judge the need? With KU being the specific setting, he's likely going to talk about dwindling state funding of public universities. In case you hadn't read about it, there is a definite need to avoid the cuts that the legislature is threatening, which would imperil up to 40 faculty positions at KU alone. And as expensive as his traveling is, not only does impactful leadership often entail in-person visits; such travels to advocate practically define the modern presidency.

voevoda 5 years ago

lawrenceguy40, sunny, I hope that you are not emphasizing President Obama's middle name, Hussein, because you think that there is something wrong with having an Arabic name. Or being Muslim (although Obama is Christian). That kind of attitude is really offensive to persons who have Arabic names, and those who are Muslim. They include many upstanding citizens of Lawrence, such as our police chief.

oldbaldguy 5 years ago

if he is coming, the advance should be in lawrence now.

Russell Fryberger 5 years ago

Heck, they're probably reading our emails as we speak.

Russell Fryberger 5 years ago

I wonder if we'll need a new KU Chacelor after this visit!

Carol Braden 5 years ago

He's not coming. The White House just announced it. Dang.

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