Air Force One arrived in Austin a little earlier than expected around 12:05 p.m. with Gov. Rick Perry, State Sen. Kirk Watson, State Rep. Mark Strama and Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell meeting the president on the tarmac. Media and special guests were also on hand to welcome him enduring the blistering Texas heat. Governor Perry attempted to hand the president a four-page letter detailing the struggles of the battle of the border of Texas.
President Obama then headed to a democratic fundraiser at the Four Seasons hotel downtown. According to an e-mail to local Democrats, attending the fundraiser begins at $5,000 per person. For $30,400, contributors get special seating and a photo with the president. From there it was on to the University of Texas for a speech on education.
Hundreds of Texans sat for hours in triple-digit heat at the University of Texas Monday, anxiously awaiting the arrival of President Obama. The visit marked Obama’s first visit to Austin as president.
Obama spoke about the importance of higher education to a sea of burnt orange at Gregory Gym on the university campus. The president said a higher rate of college graduates in the United States will serve as a gateway to getting past the current “economic storm.”
“In a single generation, we’ve fallen from first to 12th in college graduation rates for young adults. That’s unacceptable, but not irreversible,” Obama said.
Obama compared UT to the United States by indicating both are used to playing for first place.
According to UT police, four people were arrested for criminal trespassing. She said no other incidents occurred that did not result in an arrest
By Dulcenea Garcia
Austin Times Staff
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