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President Obama to visit KU on Friday

Updated: 2013-04-14T05:27:27Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

President Barack Obama is coming back to Kansas.

The White House said Saturday the president will travel to the University of Kansas on Friday.

“We are honored to welcome President Obama to the University of Kansas,” said KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “We are delighted for the opportunity to visit with him about our mission of educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.”

The KU Office of Public Affairs and the White House will release more information on the president’s visit as it becomes available. It is not yet known if the event is open to the public.

Obama last visited Kansas in December 2011, when he traveled to Osawatomie to deliver a memorable address on the economy. Then, Obama called for a more level playing field in America and an end to what he called “you’re-on-your-own” economics.

President Theodore Roosevelt spoke in Osawatomie 101 years earlier when he delivered his “New Nationalism” address in 1910.

Obama pitched his own version of Roosevelt’s “square deal,” where “everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share and when everyone plays by the same rules.”

To reach Steve Kraske, call 816-234-4312 or send email to skraske@kcstar.com.

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