PRESIDENT TO VISIT STUDENTS, YOUTH LEADERS AT BENEDICT COLLEGE
|| By FITSNEWS || U.S. president Barack Obama will pay his first visit to South Carolina since being elected president in 2008, according to U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn.
Obama will visit Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. this Friday (March 6, 2015), a Clyburn aide confirmed to FITS.
The purpose of his visit? A meeting with students and youth leaders.
“I’m pleased to welcome President Barack Obama back to South Carolina on Friday March 6th,” Clyburn said in a statement to the media. “This is his first trip to the Palmetto State as President and I thank President David Swinton and the Benedict College family for hosting President Obama’s event with students and youth leaders.”
South Carolina has not been visited by a sitting president since June 2008, when former president George W. Bush delivered a commencement address at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.
Bush’s visit drew criticism from students and professors at the school – more than 200 of whom signed a petition slamming his administration for its policies toward Iraq.
“Under ordinary circumstances, it would be an honor for Furman University to be visited by the president of the United States,” the petition said. “However, these are not ordinary circumstances.”
Have things changed under Obama (who was awarded an “aspirational” Nobel Peace Prize in 2009)?
No … Obama reengaged American military forces in Iraq last year, part of his administration’s so-called “War on Terror” against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). That battle – supported by tens of billions of dollars in new defense spending – is projected to keep American assets in the Middle East for the next three decades.
Obama crushed Hillary Clinton in South Carolina’s 2008 Democratic presidential primary by a whopping 55-26 percent margin. That vote took place on January 26, 2008, and Obama hasn’t set foot in South Carolina since.