Idaho Bigwigs Won’t Be at Obama Speech

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Idaho Bigwigs Won’t Be at Obama Speech.

On Wednesday afternoon, Magicvalley.com will feature live coverage of President Obama’s visit to Idaho, including photos, videos and up-to-the-minute details from his speech. BILL DENTZER — bdentzer@idahostatesman.com Tickets for President Barack Obama’s Wednesday appearance at Boise State University were distributed to the general public Monday afternoon after students and faculty got theirs earlier in the day. Beginning at 2:15 p.m., you can participate in a live chat on Magicvalley.com as our journalists on the scene take you inside the sports complex where Obama will speak.

Officials wouldn’t say how many tickets were given out, but estimates were 5,000 for what will be a standing-room-only event in BSU’s Caven-Williams Sports Complex. The crowd lined up for tickets numbered several thousand. “It’s an incredible opportunity for our daughter,” said Jen Grush-Dale, who waited in line for more than three hours with her husband Brian and daughter Grace before nabbing her tickets. “We’re Democrats. And while some Democratic legislators plan to attend, the Legislature as a body isn’t doing anything in particular for the visit and wasn’t invited to come. Presidents don’t come to Idaho every day.” Cassandra Arana, a sophomore at the College of Idaho, said: “I think it’s going to be an experience to hear him. It is also Obama’s first time in Idaho since the 2008 campaign, when he spoke at the Taco Bell Arena at BSU Obama is visiting BSU, and then Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas on Thursday, as part of a tour where he will be reitterate the themes in Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, according to the White House.

As the 10 a.m. end to the giveaway approached, students continued to trickle past the information desk in ones and twos to claim their entrance passes. Said Morgan Hill, who’s pursuing a second degree in applied physics: “I want to see the president speak because I’m a supporter of the president and I think it’s a really good thing that he’s making a visit to our state to address everyone about his policies and what he seeks to pursue in the next couple of years, or during the remainder of his term.” Although tickets are required, holding one does not guarantee entry. Dean Ferguson, spokesman for the Idaho Democratic Party, speculated that economic conditions in Idaho and Obama’s interest in education spending – also a major issue in Idaho this year – could have something to do with it. “He has been really out front on pressing for workers and working families of America, getting an opportunity to participate in this economy and prosper,” said Ferguson. “And Idaho has been a state where a lot of working families have been passed over by the economic upturn.

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