TOPEKA (KSNT) – President Barack Obama will visit Kansas on Thursday, January 22nd, two days after delivering his State of the Union address.
Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon confirmed to KSNT News the party got an e-mail Friday advising of the trip, but providing no detail.
“We got the e-mail he’ll be here Thursday, but we don’t know where or when or what he will talk about,” Wagnon said.
Friday evening a White House spokesperson issued the following statement: “Next week, the President will hit the road to discuss the themes he’ll lay out in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. On Wednesday, January 21, the President will travel to Boise State University in Boise, Idaho to deliver remarks. On Thursday, January 22, the President will travel to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas to deliver remarks. Further details on the President’s travel next week will be available in the coming days.”
Shortly after, the visit was also noted by KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who stated “Our community will be honored to welcome President Obama to the University of Kansas.”
“This is an exciting time for KU,” she said “and to welcome the President of the United States and have an opportunity to share our bold aspirations with him only adds to that excitement.”
The university noted that Obama will be the fourth sitting U.S. president to visit KU, with the last being a visit by William H. Taft in 1911. Previously presidents Ulysses S. Grant visited in 1873 and Rutherford B. Hayes in 1879. Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Gorge H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton all visited the campus after leaving office.
The president was last in Kansas in 2011. First Lady Michelle Obama last spring.