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Obama returns to TN Friday for college announcement


President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the vice president’s wife Dr. Jill Biden are coming to Tennessee Friday to announce a new higher education initiative.

The White House announced the visit Saturday as part of a week-long trek across the country to tout presidential policies on housing, economic development and education.

Details of the presidential visit are still scarce: the White House announcement did not say where in Tennessee Obama and the Bidens will visit. A White House press announcement reads:

“On Friday, the president, vice president and Dr. Biden will travel to Tennessee to discuss new initiatives he will propose to help more Americans go to college and get the skills they need to succeed, and highlight the administration’s efforts to act on his own to create new, good paying manufacturing jobs.”

The trip marks Obama’s second visit to Tennessee in recent weeks and his third in the last 13 months.

In December the president touted Nashville’s diversity and blossoming immigrant community in a speech pushing his recent actions on immigration reform. In January of last year he visited McGavock High School to hold up Nashville’s academies as a model for successful high school education.

While Republican Gov. Bill Haslam didn’t meet with Obama during his two previous trips to Tennessee, Haslam was just honored at the White House in December for his own higher education initiative. The Tennessee Promise scholarship program offers tuition at a two-year community college or applied technological college after students follow certain guidelines and apply for federal aid. More than 50,000 Tennessee high school seniors started the application process, far surpassing the administration’s original projections.

A Haslam spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The president also plans trips to Detroit and Phoenix before ending his week in Tennessee.

This article was republished with permission from the original author, Mr. Dave Boucher, and the original publisher, The Tennessean.


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