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Obama to discuss student loan debt at UNC

Posted April 20, 2012

— In a visit to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill next week, President Barack Obama will launch an effort to get Congress to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling in July.

Obama will visit UNC and the University of Colorado on Tuesday and the University of Iowa on Wednesday as part of the student loan effort.

Admission to hear the president speak at UNC's Carmichael Arena is free, and tickets will be distributed ahead of time at the arena, 310 South Road, on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning Sunday at 1 p.m. If tickets remain, they will be available again Monday at 10 a.m.

Carmichael Arena will open to ticket holders Tuesday at 10 a.m.

UNC administrators said classes won't be canceled on Tuesday, and faculty members will decide whether to grant excused absences to any students attending the president's speech.

Tuesday night's episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" will be taped at UNC during Obama's visit, and the president will make an appearance on the show. Ticket information about the taping was unavailable Friday.

The president last visited the Triangle in September, when he promoted his job-creation proposal in a speech at North Carolina State University.

More than 7.4 million students with federal student loans will see their interest rates double on July 1 unless legislation is passed to stop the interest rate increase, the White House said Friday. The higher rates would add $1,000 to the debt load of an average student, they said.

The White House said Americans now owe more on student loans than credit cards, and Obama believes interest rates need to be kept low so more people can afford college and obtain the skills they need to find good jobs.

Obama has visited North Carolina five times in the past year, most recently pushing for improved fuel-efficiency at a Freightliner truck plant in Mount Holly last month.


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  • bigt16701 Apr 23, 2012

    woo-hoo2you, he's cured NOTHING and has no intentions of doing so. The guys a fraud

  • WooHoo2You Apr 20, 2012

    That would be Romney and his ever charging opinions! WooHoo2You

    I dont believe Romney ever "charged" an opinion.- mep

    You maybe right...Romney does not have an opinion he just suits his "stand" to whoever he is talking to that minute.

    BTW, I will not bother replying to the rest of your talking point...err post. LOL!

  • mep Apr 20, 2012

    That would be Romney and his ever charging opinions!

    I dont believe Romney ever "charged" an opinion. He does after all have lots of money. Obama on the other hand "charges" everything on the taxpayers dime. He has racked up about $5 TRILLION on the taxpayers credit card so far. But hey.... Obama has changed opinions quite a bit too. Senator Obama was quoted as saying "Raising the nations debt limit is immoral". Other than the GOP slowing him down, President Obama feels just fine racking up the debt and spending money we dont have. I also recall Obama as being quoted that "marriage was between and man and a woman". He has flip-flopped on that one too. Pandering is hard work. LOL.

  • WooHoo2You Apr 20, 2012

    Everything's free when Obama is involed.-whatusay

    Then why were you complaining a few months ago when he had a fundraiser dinner that cost a few thousand per plate? (I think you used the Rush radio favorite "elitist") Should he charge or not??? He could cure cancer and you would whine!

  • WooHoo2You Apr 20, 2012

    So the liberal Romney (well half the time, depending who he is lying to....I meant talking to) can come to NC and its okay with all the repubs out there but the LESS liberal Obama can't? Too funny!

  • whatusay Apr 20, 2012

    The joker in action...lies and more lies...

  • affirmativediversity Apr 20, 2012

    +++++I wouldn't go if you gave me a free ticket AND $100 cash. He's not coming to NC because he cares. All he wants is votes. Lindasue


    Shhhh, if he could think of a way to use taxpayer money he probably would give you $100. as it is he has to promise to give the useless money from "his stash" later ;-)

  • boneymaroney13 Apr 20, 2012

    Tell him stay home. We don't need him vacationing in our state.

  • WooHoo2You Apr 20, 2012

    Maybe if he personally paid me to attend... but it would have to be a whole lot of money... and include drinks and ear plugs. But since I could see his lips moving... I still know he would be lying. Pandering for votes = lying. It is one of Obama's strengths.-mep

    That would be Romney and his ever charging opinions!

  • early exit Roy Apr 20, 2012

    Funny! He's not as popular as he thinks he is. Maybe he will pay people to go.