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President Obama's KC visit Friday closed to public

Updated: 2013-09-20T12:31:19Z

By DAVE HELLING

Members of the general public hoping for a glimpse of President Barack Obama during his trip to the Kansas City area Friday are likely to be disappointed.

His arrival and speech at the Ford Stamping Plant in Liberty are closed to the public. He’ll meet with and speak to plant workers.

Travelers north of the river can expect some delays around the noon hour. It’s possible some members of the public may gather near the plant to catch a glimpse of the presidential motorcade before the visit.

Obama will tour the plant before speaking. Sen. Claire McCaskill (and, likely, Gov. Jay Nixon) will be on hand.

“My administration has made revitalizing Missouri’s auto industry a top priority,” Nixon said in a mid-morning press release.

The state, you may recall, offered Ford a major package of incentives to keep the Claycomo plant open. “Gov. Nixon and the state government has played a major role in making sure that they are now re-investing billions of dollars in that plant,” McCaskill said Wednesday.

Obama’s departure is also closed to the public.

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