Presidential Speech in Missouri

President Obama spoke to audiences in small-town Warrensburg on July 24, 2013. Here are my live tweets from the event.
Campus decor for #POTUSatUCM pic.twitter.com/wEY4k4HQRL
The line in front of the Student Wellness and Recreation Center at 11 a.m. #POTUSatUCM pic.twitter.com/1b9ZJHkfC9
UCM gallery director Christian Cutler is selling stickers of Obama quotes. #POTUSatUCM pic.twitter.com/Rr27diP0rw

Cutler sells these stickers as a hobby. “Whenever I find a good quote or something interested, I print them out and sell them,” he said.

My friend @TheOnlyParle will be leading the Pledge of the Allegiance to begin @BarackObama‘a speech at UCM. So proud and happy for her.
Volunteer Gaetano Acevedo (senior airman on Whiteman AFB) gives water to people waiting in line #POTUSatUCM pic.twitter.com/DsyoRBOWPq

Acevedo said volunteers consisted mainly of UCM students, but there were some Air Force personnel from Whiteman Air Force Base among the volunteers too.

There is a sniffer dog at the media entrance! Secret Service says I can’t take a picture. #POTUSatUCM
@UCentralMO president @UCMAmbrose addresses the crowd at 3:36 p.m. #POTUSatUCM pic.twitter.com/dfukVSdNGq

He advised the crowd to bend their knees (because everyone was standing and would be standing for a couple more hours) and follow the president’s remarks.

4:07 p.m. and three people have fainted in a span of ~30 minutes #POTUSatUCM
Arrival of Air force one. #digitalburg #POTUSatUCM #ChooseRed instagram.com/p/cKe4S7uAQl/

I wish I could have witnessed this myself.

5 p.m. and no show by the president. #POTUSatUCM

Although word at the venue was that the press traveling with president was already at said venue.

Gov. Jay Nixon and Sen. Claire McCaskill have taken their seats. #POTUSatUCM

It was McCaskill’s birthday and some people around her sang the “happy birthday” song.

President in the house #POTUSatUCM pic.twitter.com/3pGUPYlsEZ
“Gave a long speech at Illinois and I will not repeat it here.” #potusatucm

His speech lasted about 30 minutes, including the pauses he took when people cheered.

#POTUSatUCM “Building the middle class, making sure they’re secure, is my highest priotity.”
@lakshna_lk: #POTUSatUCM “We need a long term plan based on persistent effort.”
“Where I can act on my own, I will. I’m not going to wait for Congress.” #POTUSatUCM
“Here’s the problem: if college costs keep going up, there’s never going to be enough money.” #POTUSatUCM
“I want other colleges to take a look at what’s going on here (@UCentralMO).” #POTUSatUCM

UCM has an initiative (in collaboration) enabling high school students to graduate with an associate’s degree and internship experience. Then they get their bachelor’s degree in two years, graduate debt-free and with a higher chance of getting a job. The initiative is called Missouri Innovation Campus.

“You can make it here in America if you work hard.” #POTUSatUCM
Waving at the end of a ~30 minute speech. #POTUSatUCM pic.twitter.com/mkztyyXMuq
Shaking the hand of a member of the audience. #POTUSatUCM pic.twitter.com/Oq9XRgA9DL
Crowd taking pictures of the president #POTUSatUCM pic.twitter.com/S4McJ8nT9F
Crowd waiting to leave the building #POTUSatUCM pic.twitter.com/XXQU2n9xXI

It was a good day. Tiring, but good.

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