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NC perfect fit for Obama speech

Posted January 13, 2014
Updated January 14, 2014

— Many believe President Barack Obama will focus on economics when he speaks at North Carolina State University on Wednesday.

Experts say North Carolina is the perfect place for his speech.

Obama last visited N.C. State in 2011, where he spoke before more than 9,000 people inside Reynolds Coliseum.

This time, his speech will be at the school’s J.W. Isenhour Tennis Complex.

“Now he can be with a much smaller audience and he can interact with people,” said David McLennan, a political science professor at William Peace University.

Politically, the venue makes sense because Obama does well when speaking to smaller groups, he said.

The smaller venue also meant a bigger rush for tickets – only 500 were available to students.

“I think the reason why N.C. State University is so attractive to presidents is we really represent what is being done to transform North Carolina from the traditional economy to the new economy,” said Mike Walden, an economics professor at N.C. State. “We have, I think, seen some results in retraining our work force for the high-tech jobs that we’re having come in, for the medical jobs, for the financial jobs.”

Walden believes Obama can point out some of the university’s efforts in his speech.

“That’s really what he wanted the economic recovery to be and so if he can come to North Carolina and point out both the centennial campus as well as the rest of the places around North Carolina, some recovery and high-tech jobs and improved employment, he can take some of that credit.”

McLennan also pointed out that U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) will not make the trip with Obama. Hagan said she’s staying in Washington, D.C. because the Senate is in session but Republicans say Hagan, who is up for re-election, is trying to distance herself from the president.


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  • Hubris Jan 14, 2014

    "“Now he can be with a much smaller audience and he can interact with people,”

    The only reason it's in a smaller venue is because there will be too many vacant seats for the cameras to take pictures of in a larger place. Even Democrats are suffering from Obama Economy Talk fatigue. Talk. Talk. Talk. We've heard enough.

  • Mr. Hans Jan 14, 2014

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    Oh please. For all this family does for our country, I'd say a little R&R is the least they deserve.

  • jrfergerson Jan 14, 2014

    oh by the way will he tell us when he is expecting the first lady Michelle back from their trip to Hawaii? Funny the news media has not mentioned one word about her arrival back in Washington DC. OR how much her extra time there cost the taxpayers.

  • 426X3 Jan 14, 2014

    I will make sure not to be on campus tomorrow.

  • camperzsale Jan 14, 2014

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    THAT was funny!

    It will be amusing to watch Obama spin his web of lies in his upcoming state of the union.

    We are back to the days of Jimmy Carter with these weak liberal policies. Just a pathetic disaster.

  • GovernmentMule Jan 14, 2014

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    This is why he needs to leave the presidency... Personality Cult robots adore his every word. It's dangerous to the country.

  • gswalker51 Jan 14, 2014

    Hagan is staying in DC because she has to focus all of her efforts on packing.

  • caronia49 Jan 14, 2014

    There are a lot of things you can say about Obama, and none of them will be "good" or "kind" words.... North Carolina is NOT a perfect place for Obama to give a speech...Obama is Untruthful and a Disgrace to the office he holds. I am sure the media will play this up like the second coming, but it is not, just another day in the life of a Disgraceful man....and yes, look who will be attending and your questions will be answered...Where is Hagan, Obama is her man, you would think she would want to join him on his trip to NC. No, she is hiding and will deny her support for Obama, but wait until November, and Hagan will be unemployed.....

  • joshro Jan 14, 2014

    For years and years I thought Jimmy Carter was the worst president of my life time. Well, President Obama has captured the title hands down years ago. I'll be so glad when this far left wing liberal no longer has the ability to guide our country down such terrible paths.

  • cbuckyoung Jan 14, 2014

    The perfect fit for Obama to speak about his "economic plans" is in bankruptcy court.