Presidential Visit Being Planned
The President of the United States may soon return to Asheville. President Obama's State of the Union Address is next Tuesday and various sources tell News 13 preparations are being made for a possible stop to the mountains.
This is familiar territory for the administration. While the president didn't campaign in Asheville for this last election, his surrogates did. However, Asheville is a place the president seems to like to return to.
It was October 2008 that then Senator Barack Obama got his first taste of 12 Bones BBQ . He prepared for his final debate with Republican presidential candidate John McCain at the Grove Park Inn. Obama also spoke to a capacity filled crowd at Asheville High School and then made a surprise appearance at the Vance-Aycock Annual Dinner and Fundraiser. After elected president, he then came back with the first lady to vacation and play some golf at the Grove Park Inn in April of 2010. Obama then returned again to Asheville October of 2011 to kick off a three day bus tour across the state to promote his jobs plan.
Obama is scheduled to make his State of the Union address next Tuesday. Sources close to the preparation process say they are getting ready for a possible one day visit the next day. This would be in line to previous years when Obama has taken to the road to promote his State of the Union message.
Voters guess he will talk about anything from gun control to immigration reform to gay rights and the defense of marriage act. There is also thought that he could come with other folks who have been here before as well, Vice President Biden, Bill Clinton or the first lady.
As true with any potential official visit, official word comes late and sometimes not at all. Sources also tell News 13 a specific venue has not been determined but should be soon.
By Russ Bowen
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