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Kansas Democratic Party leader says Obama will visit Osawatomie next week

December 2, 2011


— 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.


KS 6 years, 3 months ago

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

deec 6 years, 3 months ago

Absolutely is when any president does it, including the last guy.

Jan Rolls 6 years, 3 months ago

I bet if your idiot buddy perry was coming you'd be so excited you'd have to change your underwear.

KS 6 years, 3 months ago

I can assue you that Perry is NOT my buddy. I can't find a decent horse to support in this race. I don't like any of them. I will no doubt end up holding my nose and vote for whomever is running against Hussein Obama.

kochmoney 6 years, 3 months ago

You could save time and just shoot yourself in the foot now.

Kirk Larson 6 years, 3 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.

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 3 months ago

you mean like more than tripling the debt of all of the previous Presidents combined...he is an absolutely terrible leader and he deserves to be retired in the elections next year.

akuna 6 years, 3 months ago

President Obama inherited most of the debt causing programs enacted by previous Presidents and Congresses. Take a look at this chart to see how much Obama's programs have increased the debt.

Jim Phillips 6 years, 3 months ago

Correction. Obama didn't inherit anything. He voted for it as a member of Congress. Therefore, he created it. To your point, Bush did put his stamp on it.

Brock Masters 6 years, 3 months ago

He did not have an opportunity to vote for or against the Iraq war, but he voted to fund it.

From the Boston Globe - Obama's comments represent a direct response to attacks launched by aides to Senator Hillary Clinton of New York, who have pointed out that despite Obama's antiwar rhetoric, he has voted along with Clinton for some $300 billion in war funding since entering the Senate in 2005.

parco814 6 years, 3 months ago

Guess that's why several strong GOP contenders didn't have the stomach to run against him (even fat Christie), and also why, at this point, the GOP primary voters appear to be doing all they can to avoid committing themselves to the one declared candidate who has a chance, Romney.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 3 months ago

Really know how to spout the lies and tow the party line, don't you KJH? How's about turning off Fox "News" for awhile and getting out into the world?

pittstatebb 6 years, 3 months ago

Yes. At some point Sunday tickets (around 400) will be handed out to the general public.

kochmoney 6 years, 3 months ago

Where do you have to be to get a ticket?

Flap Doodle 6 years, 3 months ago

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

windjammer 6 years, 3 months ago

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ReasonAboveAll 6 years, 3 months ago

It baffles me how so many in this region don't understand their own self-interest when it comes to politics...

kochmoney 6 years, 3 months ago

That's because they've stopped understanding English and now only converse in Luntz/Norquist Newspeak.

You'd think they'd realize that giving massive tax cuts to the wealthy and waging two wars might have a little to do with the debt, but in magical thinking world that debt was pulled out of a secret Muslim Kenyan socialist hat in January 2010. Pavlov has nothing on Fox News.

Tony Kisner 6 years, 3 months ago

You should read this book. What's the matter with Kansas.

dlkrm 6 years, 3 months ago

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

windjammer 6 years, 3 months ago

As I've noted before you should stick to math as you know squat about anything to do with politics.

Kyle Chandler 6 years, 3 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.

Neomarxist123 6 years, 3 months ago

The federal government spent $3.2 Trillion this year - almost half of it borrowed.

How much more Socialism do we need?

deec 6 years, 3 months ago

If we'd quit subsidizing agribusiness, the oil industry et. al., stop starting wars in other countries, stop developing weapons to sell to our enemies, stop bailing out multinational and European banks, and stop treating corporations like people, we probably would have a surplus.

Kyle Chandler 6 years, 3 months ago

Lets just be clear that it was Goldman Sachs Republicant Remocrats that spent that money. It was spent MANY moons ago. And if complete dismantlement of our industrial/finanacial infrastructure is Socialism, then i guess terrorism is the new flattery.

Let the light of FAUX news bless you and keep you.

kochmoney 6 years, 3 months ago

Enough to finally start sending the bill to the rich.

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 3 months ago

Spending is out of control, our nation is disrespected around the world, Obama himself seems to not respect our nation, and our debt is much larger than under Bush--try more than 4 times-- by the end of this President's term... terrible--

Armstrong 6 years, 3 months ago

What part of kjhwk's post is dishonest ? Open your eyes

pace 6 years, 3 months ago

it isn't a matter of faith, it is numbers. LOOK it up. don't make it up.

pace 6 years, 3 months ago

KJ, it isn't hard to check your own statements. False = lie.

Armstrong 6 years, 3 months ago

I was hoping he was going there to seek help.

Susan Mangan 6 years, 3 months ago

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

George_Braziller 6 years, 3 months ago

Give it up. Forty years ago the "Larned" reference was already lame and tired on the grade school playground.

parco814 6 years, 3 months ago

The discourse on any grade school playground in the country is more enlightening and edifying than the raw sewage with which the President's enemies splatter these boards.

Susan Mangan 6 years, 3 months ago

So much anger :-( I find the whole story amusing.

If you can't engage in the humerous discourse, just don't play. And...lighten up. There must be SOMETHING worth smiling about in your life. If not...very sad, and you have my sincerest sympathy.

pace 6 years, 3 months ago

The hate, the disrespect, the lies targeting the president isn't funny to everyone.

sad_lawrencian 6 years, 3 months ago

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

Kyle Chandler 6 years, 3 months ago

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

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 3 months ago

BAA, the zombie and KJH. Oh look! It's a circle...never mind.

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 3 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~!

Jayhawk1958 6 years, 3 months ago

Like the old saying goes-Have to spend money to make money. But obviously you are too dumb to see it.

Armstrong 6 years, 3 months ago

The $15 TRILLION we don't have, that money ? Like the old aying goes ya can't spend what ya don't have. A child should be able to understand that.

ljwhirled 6 years, 3 months ago

The wingnuts are out in force today I see.

parco814 6 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, put 'em all together and their brain power doesn't even add up to that of one headless chicken.

Dick Sengpiehl 6 years, 3 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.

Susan Mangan 6 years, 3 months ago

Susan A. Mangan, RN, CPA, MAIS

21-year resident of Loony-Left-Larry-Town who recently escaped the insanity (no thanks to the rediculous cost of living there) and moved to Olathe.

But I prefer to go by VoiceOfReason, for obvious reasons. Good enough, "lieutenant"? Oh! And I'm a Colonel's daughter...Army brat, through and through.

Susan Mangan 6 years, 3 months ago

All of those initials after my name should be capitalized, but the LJW forum thinks I'm yelling :-(

And your name, Mr. Everyone Else Hides Behind Their Screen Name, Except Me, Because I'm Just Really Creative?

kochmoney 6 years, 3 months ago

I haven't actually gained any Koch money from my user name, and I see you've faced a similar predicament with your username.

John Hamm 6 years, 3 months ago

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

parco814 6 years, 3 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.

pittstatebb 6 years, 3 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.

Jayhawk1958 6 years, 3 months ago

+1 Well said. People tend to forget that. Republicans don't respect Obama, yet they call us "unpatriotic" if we judge a Republican President.

Susan Mangan 6 years, 3 months ago

Maybe that's the problem. I'm a Libertarian, not a Republican. I have little respect for most politicians. Isn't that the whole point of a campaign...we're supposed to judge the candidates and choose the one we prefer (or dislike the least). I don't know where the notion came from that it's wrong to judge. Don't do it based on someone's in-born traits..appearance, color, hair color, sex, sexual orientation, whatever... but personality, character, opinions, experience...judge away!

I may disagree with your judgment, but judging our candidates is the whole point and what makes you American. I've judged plenty of Republican AND Democratic politicians. That's my job, as a voter.

Austerity 6 years, 3 months ago

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

Mike Ford 6 years, 3 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 all will vote for one of these raging stinkers because deep down you know what you are....

Austerity 6 years, 3 months ago

  1. Will now fall to Islamic extremists. I prey I'm wrong here.
  2. Good Job. Thank you PBO and SEALS.
  3. See #1
  4. Let's call this what it was. Union bailout. GM would be much better off in the long run if not being "saved". Obviously GM is not without blame, they entered into these ridiculous contracts even if they are unsustainable.
  5. The stimulus has prolonged the recession.
  6. See #4
  7. This is the one that will be the most telling. A sitting POTUS generally does not have trouble winning a second term. An election war chest the size of PBO's should easily secure a victory. The fact that PBO will most likely loose the election easily to one of these "raging stinkers" does not prove the racism you imply, but the overreach of a "mandate" from a less than successfully previous administration.

Jayhawk1958 6 years, 3 months ago

While Congress has a 9% approval rating.

weatherguy48 6 years, 3 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.

pittstatebb 6 years, 3 months ago

Just so you know, it was between Lawrence and Osawatomie. Osawatomie was chosen and there are much worse towns in Kansas with much less national/state history on their side.

Cammie Braden 6 years, 3 months ago

My parents grew up in Osawatomie. I still have family there. Not sure why you think it's the trashiest town in the whole state? Maybe you had a bad experience there? I like Osawatomie and can't wait to drive there on Sunday to try to get a ticket to see President Obama on Tuesday!

Mike Ford 6 years, 3 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......

Armstrong 6 years, 3 months ago

You have seen the Obama 2012 stickers because you live in a liberal town that is located in a conservative state. Ya think maybe you haven't seen a republican sticker yet is because we don't have the candidate picked yet.....nawwwww

pace 6 years, 3 months ago

I was hoping you would pick Cain/Trump. We can't get through all this political hype without humor.

pace 6 years, 3 months ago

President Obama will win a second term, and congress will be more balanced. Teas voting against working families and doing nothing but protecting the tax cuts for the richest will go down in history but not in the polls.

Lawrence Morgan 6 years, 3 months ago

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

Cant_have_it_both_ways 6 years, 3 months ago

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

pace 6 years, 3 months ago

King Brownback will be having tea with his brothers, Koch bros.

Carol Braden 6 years, 3 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!

Stephen Roberts 6 years, 3 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.

Mike Ford 6 years, 3 months ago

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

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