Obama plans S.D. trip to round out 50 states

Source: By Darlene Superville, Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

President Obama next month will become only the fourth sitting president to visit all 50 states while in office when he delivers a South Dakota community college’s commencement address.

Some South Dakotans felt a little slighted after Obama stopped in Utah earlier this month, checking all but their state off his list (Greenwire, April 3).

Obama used an interview with a Sioux Falls TV station yesterday to let them know he is on his way.

“I can’t let my South Dakota friends feel neglected,” the president told KSFY anchor Nancy Naeve, announcing he would be the commencement speaker at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, S.D., on May 8.

The White House, in the midst of pushing a multibillion-dollar plan to cover community college costs for eligible students, called Lake Area Tech one of the nation’s top community colleges. The school’s graduation rate is more than twice the national average.

When Obama lands in South Dakota, he will join only Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton on the list of presidents to visit all 50 states, according to the White House Historical Association.

Ronald Reagan fell four states short of the goal, while George W. Bush never made it to Vermont.