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Kansas Democratic Party leader says Obama will visit Osawatomie next week

December 2, 2011

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— President Barack Obama plans to travel to eastern Kansas next week to give a speech in Osawatomie, the state Democratic Party’s chairwoman said.

The historic town was where former President Theodore Roosevelt gave his “New Nationalism” speech, which extolled the government’s role in promoting social justice and regulating the economy to help the poor and underprivileged. It also was the site of an 1856 battle between pro- and anti-slavery settlers.

State Chairwoman Joan Wagnon said she was notified of Obama’s plans by the Democratic National Committee but was given no details. Neither the White House nor a DNC spokeswoman would confirm the visit late Friday afternoon.

“Of course, it’s very exciting,” Wagnon said. “It’s exciting when any president comes.”

In his 1910 speech, Roosevelt criticized some fellow Republicans for refusing to tackle the economic power of the wealthy and declared that the “destruction of special privilege” aided progress. Two years later, Roosevelt broke with fellow Republicans to run for president as the Progressive Party nominee, unsuccessfully seeking a third term.

The 1856 battle, which helped earn the territory the nickname “Bleeding Kansas,” included abolitionist John Brown and members of his family. Kansas also is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its admission to the union in 1861.

Kansas is a Republican stronghold, having voted for every GOP nominee for president since 1964, including Obama’s opponent in the 2008 election, Arizona Sen. John McCain. But Obama’s 42 percent of the vote was the best showing by any Democratic nominee in 20 years.

His secretary of health and human services, Kathleen Sebelius, is a former two-term Kansas governor whose success as a Democrat in a GOP-leaning state gave her a national reputation.

But in 2010, amid dissatisfaction with Obama and fellow Democrats who controlled Congress, Republicans won every statewide and congressional office on the ballot in Kansas. Gov. Sam Brownback, who took office in January, is a GOP conservative.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 4 months ago

armstrong....I've seen an Obama 2012 sticker on a Toyota Tundra with Anderson County tags on US 59 recently....so there goes your point.......which dimwit will you vote for...

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commuter 2 years, 4 months ago

cool. w3ho is going to go and post that they met him and he sucks??? Wait all oh his fans will be there, cool a lot of people from Lawrence will be gone. great time to do some shopping downtown when he is campaigning.

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cammieb 2 years, 4 months ago

I may be A "liberal....... (all the negative names the unproductive LJ World Bloggers call bloggers who are Democrats)". Mostly, I'm so excited for this once in a lifetime experience of seeing the Prsident of the United States in my home state!

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8ball 2 years, 4 months ago

well,there goes the neighborhood!

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Gary Anderson 2 years, 4 months ago

where can we get tickets?!?!?!?!?!?

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Gandalf 2 years, 4 months ago

In spite of Pavlovs coming to Kansas is a smart move. It invites a comparison of Obama and Evil sam (the right wing poster child). Osawatamie? Maybe he hoped to see Evil sam?

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 4 months ago

His event will be attended by the democrats, as the republicans tend to have jobs and need to be at them.

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Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 4 months ago

I agree with weatherguy48-he should come to Lawrence. Despite his flaws, he still is a great American president.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 4 months ago

you know austerity....I've seen probably 20 Obama 2012 stickers already... have I seen any of the dimwits stickers yet......nawwwwww....... they're soooooooo organized......most don't acknowledge the Augusta or Topeka Kansas connection Mr. Obama has why you ask.....don't ask..... why is there a racist billboard depicting President Obama on I-70 near Fort Riley..... because Kansas is full of racist misinformed rural religiously supersticious dimwits and If they have a problem with this....look in the mirror..... just admit it and stop the socialism nonsense because it's a made up smokescreen for what they really are......don't like socialism....give up social security.....give up medicaid or medicare.....give up farm subsidies....give up oil subsidies.... and if you can't admit your hypocracy and the real reason for all of this hating.... race......

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weatherguy48 2 years, 4 months ago

Really, Osawatomie? That's like the worst, trashiest town in the whole state. It would make more sense if he came here because, you know, he actually won here.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 4 months ago

lets see what the dimwits ignore.....

  1. leaving Iraq
  2. catching Bin Laden
  3. catching Quadafi
  4. Allowing GM to survive and thrive with ballout that Bush promoted for the dimwits with amnesia (basically all of you).
  5. Plugged the dam with stimulus funds so that dimwits didn't drown in what their savior of amnesia Bush left.....complete ineptitude...
  6. Allowing Chrysler to survive....
  7. surviving the finger pointing of the dimwits and their code language and probably laughing his behind off at frankenromney....josh brolin perry.....crazyeyespraise thelord....deceptihuntsman....herman "who are these women" cain.....contractwith dimwits1994....and they're out to get me paul.....you all will vote for one of these raging stinkers because deep down you know what you are....
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Austerity 2 years, 4 months ago

Crickets...................... If a President came to a town and no one cared, did it really happen?

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pittstatebb 2 years, 4 months ago

As someone who will be in the building when the President visits, we are very proud to host. Agree or disagree with his political beliefs, he is our President and it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our community and students.

Just so you know, the Governor also spoke in the same location less than two months ago.

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parco814 2 years, 4 months ago

Nice to see the crybabies are turning the President's visit into an opportunity to express themselves with even more stupidity and less maturity than usual.

If I were a Republican, I would be using the visit as a motivation to get out and do something to create the best possible chances for my candidate to win, whether that candidate would be Romney, Paul, Newt, whoever.

Those of you who can't stand the thought of the President visiting and are planning on leaving--that's music to many ears, I can promise you. Don't knock yourself out coming back. You're not very important, and few if any people actually need or want you around, I am confident of that.

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defenestrator 2 years, 4 months ago

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defenestrator 2 years, 4 months ago

I remember seeing him at the Liberty Memorial in October of 2008--me and about 74,999 others!

Never Forget!

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OonlyBonly 2 years, 4 months ago

Maybe, just maybe, he's checking in for a while.

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Dick Sengpiehl 2 years, 4 months ago

Wish the wingnuts had to be identified. Then their neighbors could see what their views are. This way they can hide under a rock.

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ljwhirled 2 years, 4 months ago

The wingnuts are out in force today I see.

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 4 months ago

Obama is completely out of touch with middle America with his "credit card" mentality on the Federal Budget. He has overseen a dramatic increase in the size of the Federal Government at a time when the nation can least afford it. In short the election could not come too soon to get this man out of office and replace him with someone who will use fiscal common-sense~!

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BornAgainAmerican 2 years, 4 months ago

Obama has even given up the pretense of governing. Campaigning and fund raising consumes his every waking moment. Fortunately, I will be in DC next week...the one place Obama is certain to NOT make an appearance.

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Kyle Chandler 2 years, 4 months ago

I heard he was an AFRICAN-AMERICAN TOO!!!!! OH NO!!!

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sad_lawrencian 2 years, 4 months ago

Let's not forget, Obama's mother was from Kansas.

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VoiceOfReason 2 years, 4 months ago

One visit to the state and it's Osawatomie...lol. His next stop is Larned, right? Gotta reach the base!

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Armstrong 2 years, 4 months ago

I was hoping he was going there to seek help.

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Kyle Chandler 2 years, 4 months ago

After all the Bush years we could probably use some Socialism. (ooooohhhh so scary) Since many founders of this state were Democratic Socialists. Seems we forget from time to time.

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its_just_math 2 years, 4 months ago

"Osawatomie was the site of the 1910 "New Nationalism" speech by President Theodore Roosevelt hailing government's role in promoting social justice and protecting the welfare of the poor and underprivileged."

Osawatomie is the site of the 2011 "New Socialism" speech by President Barack Hussein Obama hailing government's role in promoting social justice and increasing the welfare rolls of poor and underprivileged.

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dlkrm 2 years, 4 months ago

+5 Trillion (1 for each dollar of Obama debt to date)

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lawrenceguy40 2 years, 4 months ago

When I first read this I thought he may have seen the light and was going to check into the State Hospital to get his much needed mental health care. But no, barry o will use this as a platform to further his anti-American policies and to stick it to the hard working American people. I am glad I am going to be out of state next week - the thought of sharing the same soil with him turns my stomach.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

Maybe he'll also scout out a nice cell in Leavenworth for Holder.

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nschmi04 2 years, 4 months ago

I will be there. Mostly to protect our President from the looney Kansans that will no doubt try to play their Brownbackistan cards.

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Kirk Larson 2 years, 4 months ago

Too bad I'm busy. I'd love to go. President Obama has disappointed me in some areas, but he's better than any of the Stooges the republicans have put forward.

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KS 2 years, 4 months ago

Good time to get out of Dodge! What an absolute waste of taxpayer dollars.

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