Knox College Prepares for Visit by President Obama

July  22, 2013

Hundreds of people waited in line today at Knox College in Galesburg to reserve a spot at President Obama's appearance this week. The president returns to the college this Wednesday to kick off a series of speeches about rebuilding the American economy.

The last time President Obama spoke at the college was when he gave the commencement address in 2005 as a U.S. senator. College spokeswoman, Megan Scott, says the college is thrilled to welcome the president back to campus.

"For him, there's a personal connection," said Scott about the President. "We were part of his senate district and we know that the speech he gave here in 2005 was a really important speech for him and his political career. He really did outline a number of the issues in his platform for when he ran for president. So I know the fact that he gave that speech here and it's his home state, I think has made all the difference in maybe contributing to why he's chosen to come back here."

Scott said she expects at least one thousand people to come out for the presidents speech on Wednesday. Many presidents have spoken at the college throughout its history, including President Lincoln, Reagan, Bush senior, and Clinton. 

Scott said the school's rich history often draws high profile leaders to the college.

"We've recently celebrated our 125th anniversary last year, so we're a historic institution," said Scott. "We've been a part of this area and this community for, you know, almost 200 years and our historic connections, our commitment to access and serivce, the quality of our academic programs, has really, gives Knox a national profile. And I think that attracts presidents and various dignitaries to come through."

A limited amount of free tickets for the Wednesday event were distributed starting at 1 o'clock this afternoon. President Obama is expected to speak at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Gym on the Galesburg campus.