UPDATE: Obama to Stop in Kent

Both presidential candidates plan to visit Northeast Ohio next week

Local officials are remaining tight-lipped about President Barack Obama's planned visit to Kent next week.

Kent Safety Director William Lillich said city officials were contacted by the president's administration Wednesday about the Democratic incumbent making a stop in the Tree City.

Lillich said he was told the visit is expected to be next Wednesday, but at this point details are unclear about exactly when and where the president will make his campaign stop.

"We’ve been informed when it’s likely to be and that it’s probably going to involve the (Kent State University) campus," Lillich said. "Beyond that, we don’t know."

Lillich said the Secret Service would coordinate the visit with Kent police and fire administrators.

Officials at Kent State were even tighter-lipped.

"We can neither confirm nor deny the report," Kent State spokesperson Eric Mansfield said. "We have no information to release at this time."

The Columbus Dispatch reported earlier this morning that Republican candidate Mitt Romney also would spend time campaigning in Ohio next week.

Follow Kent Patch for updates on the president's forthcoming visit.

Kristen V. Erickson September 20, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Any idea where in Kent he'll be?
Matt Fredmonsky September 20, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Not yet but I'm looking into it. And of course we'll be in attendance. My guess would be somewhere on campus, where there's enough space and security options.
Hal Walker September 20, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Does anyone know how I might get to perform a song to welcome Obama to Kent?
William B Budner ESQ. September 20, 2012 at 07:01 PM
stand on the side of the road with your guitar.
Jeanie Wills September 20, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I am so excited! I hope we find out exact location & time soon, so we can take kiddos out of school to see our President!
Sean Gaffney September 20, 2012 at 09:41 PM
and put your thumb out
Original Prankster September 20, 2012 at 09:43 PM
No need to thank him - it's not like we aren't paying for it
Paxton Crenshaw September 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM
like, omg, sally!!!! maybe you can meet with him and tell him all about zenas kent and the wells sherman house!!!! tell him, you know, end of discussion, like, omg!!!!
Concerned Neighbor September 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Now we will need an even larger income tax increase to cover safety forces overtime.
Dan Cormier September 20, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I'll have to pass on seeing his Royal Highness. I have to work in order to pay my taxes, so others can enjoy the fruits of my labors.
Resident of Kent September 21, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Hey KSU students!!- Now's our chance to make our signs & tell Obama to stop making cuts to Federal Student Aid & also protest against the recent cuts to the PELL Grant !!!
Pat September 21, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Oh the president really cares how much his visit will cost for the security to the city of Kent--he should stay in larger cities and stop burdening the already strapped cities.
Blown away September 21, 2012 at 02:55 AM
If you build it. He will come.......................and take credit! Take credit for 8.3% unemployment, 1/3 of U.S. on welfare, not a single budget in 4 years and $6 Trillion of additional debt . Hey Hal can you gather up a few lyrics for a tune.
Blown away September 21, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Sorry.......... I should have asked if your LYRICS are better now than four years ago? Because the ECONOMY sure is not!
Fred Pierre September 21, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Yeah, because I heard that Obama is God and he can do magic, so all he has to do is wave his wand, and Congress will vote for whatever he wants, so he can get back all of our lost manufacturing jobs that are now being done for $1.35 per hour in China, and he can balance the budget after Bush's 3 trillion dollar wars. Oh wait, he's just human. One thing I know he can do is sing! Here's hoping he will sing a duet with Hal Walker, one of the most talented lyricists in Northeast Ohio.
TheGreatHoax September 21, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Read & share prior to election day: http://washingtonexaminer.com/introduction-the-obama-you-dont-know/article/2508080 - 33k -
TheGreatHoax September 21, 2012 at 01:13 PM
You seem to forget he had full control of the Government during his first two years in office. That would be the House, the Senate, and the White House. What he chose to do during that time made our economy worse, not better. The current House of Reps has passed numerous jobs bills that are held up in the Senate by the Dem Leader Harry Reid. The Dem Senate has also not passed a Budget for the passed three years - they are required by law to pass a budget. Apparently they're above the law.
russell leisenheimer September 21, 2012 at 02:45 PM
lots of gop talking points, very little reality "You seem to forget he had full control of the Government during his first two years in office. " not so, the democrats only had the 60 votes needed to get anything important done in the senate for 4 months....from al franken's swearing in to scott brown's swearing in...and the chamber was out of session for most of it. "What he chose to do during that time made our economy worse, not better." not true either ..see dow, gdp, auto industry, job creation,etc "The current House of Reps has passed numerous jobs bills that are held up in the Senate by the Dem Leader Harry Reid." mostly joke bills loaded with anti-environmental poison pills that won't actually create jobs. Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody's Analytics, said that the bills would have almost no effect on job creation in the short term, though he was slightly more optimistic about their long-term prospects. He noted, though, that legislation as narrowly targeted as the Republican package is unlikely to do much for real job creation. Carl Riccadonna, a senior economist at Deutsche Bank, said "They are very narrowly targeted, and it gives the impression that maybe some of this is special interest really pursuing these, not really taking a macro view but a very, very micro focus in what the impact would be. For most of the bills in the package, "jobs are a second- or third-order effect, not the main priority."
James Thomas September 21, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Or put your hand out.
Misty Jones September 22, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I've never met a president before!
jiim may September 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM
All you have to do is visit a prison, you will see many president look alikes and act alikes
jiim may September 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM
And why would you want to!!!!
Papa Harley September 22, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Maybe Obama will bring a check for the proposed new Police Station?!
jiim may September 23, 2012 at 01:26 AM
He'll stop and visit his relatives in jail
jiim may September 25, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Jeanie, grow up
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! September 25, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Hal, I have no advice for you but I think it's a wonderful idea. You're a talented musician and please, ignore all the ridiculous comments people have posted. I hope you get to perform for him. You're one of Kent's gems!
David Seaton January 25, 2013 at 03:06 AM
I think Obama typically stays in Chicago :)
David Seaton January 25, 2013 at 03:07 AM
I think Obama just likes to stay in Chicago :)
BULLDOG January 25, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Resident of Kent January 25, 2013 at 04:17 PM
WHY am I still receiving updates regarding this post when no-one has even posted since September? Odd.


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