President Barack Obama was in Missouri on Wednesday afternoon.
The President spoke at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
Obama??s visit to Warrensburg was the first time a sitting president has ever appeared at the University of Central Missouri. Former President Bill Clinton spoke there 2 years ago. The President praised the University??s Missouri Innovative Campus Initiative that allows high school students to get a 4 year college degree in just 2 years through accelerated classes. Obama praised the Missouri program that fast tracks students to low-cost college degrees as a model for the nation.
Obama said, ??Everybody is now working together to equip students with better skills, allow them to graduate faster with less debt and with the certainty of being able to get a job at the other end.??
Brian Green, 17, is in the fast track program and introduced the President before a crowd of about 2,000 people.
Green said, ??The fact that he has taken an interest in it shows just how awesome this program is.??
The President also talked about fixing the economy by preparing students and other future employees for new jobs. Governor Jay Nixon and Senator Claire McCaskill were in the audience supporting the President??s plans.
Republican leaders said the President??s remarks offered nothing new on the economy and ideas that are as old as they are wrong. They said with an economic strategy based on empty rhetoric, it??s no wonder Americans disapprove of Obama??s handling of the economy.
President Obama began his day at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois where he gave a more detailed speech laying out his vision for rebuilding the economy.
KRCG 13??s Mark Slavit has reported on 6 presidents during his career with the addition of today??s Obama visit to Missouri.