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University of Minnesota statement regarding visit by President Obama on Saturday, Oct. 23

October 15, 2010

The following is a statement from University of Minnesota spokesman Daniel Wolter regarding the recently announced visit by President Barack Obama to the U of M campus next week:

“The University of Minnesota is excited to welcome President Obama to campus on October 23. It’s a rare and unique honor to host the President of the United States, and President Obama’s visit will give our students and the entire university community a unique opportunity to see and hear a historic figure.

“The last sitting President to visit was President George W. Bush in July 2002, who met privately with researchers in the Academic Health Center. The last time a sitting President appeared at the University for a public event was in 1911 when William Howard Taft visited campus.

“A Gopher football game is also scheduled for October 23, so campus will be bustling with activity. Plans are in the works to address parking, building access, security and a variety of other issues and will be made public early next week.”

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