Brownback discusses Boston bombings, Obama’s visit to KU

Gov. Sam Brownback offered thoughts and prayers Tuesday to the people who were attacked at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

“It tells all of us we have to always be vigilant in this country,” he said.

Brownback said he hasn’t heard any additional details about President Obama’s planned visit to the University of Kansas on Friday.

KU announced the visit over the weekend, but no new details about the event, such as whether it will be open to the public or the reason for the visit, have been released.

University officials haven’t heard of any changes to the planned visit and are proceeding with plans for his visit, said Jack Martin, director of strategic communications. Any further news would come from the White House, he said.

Brownback said he plans to attend Obama’s visit.

“It’s always an honor for the state to have the president,” he said. “I look forward to having my former colleague in Kansas.

“Maybe we’ll shoot some hoops,” Brownback said, jokingly. “He’s got pretty good moves. Maybe he’s going to get some pointers from (KU basketball coach) Bill Self.”