Barack Obama's Kent Stop May Not Prove Costly to City

President is scheduled to visit Kent State Wednesday

President Barack Obama's planned campaign stop in Kent on Wednesday may not prove as costly as recent stops in other small towns across the country.

Kent Police Chief Michelle Lee said information remains scarce about the Democratic incumbent's scheduled visit, but he is expected to be in Kent by 3:50 p.m. Wednesday via the Akron-Canton Airport.

Lee said the time may change.

"That’s going to depend on where exactly he’s going to go," she said. "The plan is he’s going to be on the (Kent State University) campus somewhere."

University officials haven't released any information about the stop and still had no comment when asked about the president's planned visit Friday.

"We can neither confirm nor deny the report," Kent State spokesperson Eric Mansfield said Thursday.

Towns Often Pay for Presidential Visit

Whenever the president makes a campaign stop the U.S. Secret Service coordinates the visit with local police and fire departments.

And the cost of the assistance provided by local departments typically comes out of local coffers.

Officials in Fairlawn, OH, estimate the president's overnight stay there cost the city $34,000 — mostly in personnel expenses.

Max Milien, a spokesperson for the Secret Service, told the Newport Beach-Corona Del Mar Patch that the agency does not reimburse local safety forces for their costs associated with a presidential visit.

"This is not new. We have never reimbursed police departments," Milien said.

Officials in Newport Beach, CA, tried to charge the Secret Service $35,000 for a campaign stop in February.

But the Kent stop may not cost nearly as much.

Lee said the Kent Police Department isn't expecting personnel costs anywhere near the Fairlawn or Newport Beach stops.

She said Kent is only anticipating adding a few officers on traffic detail to aid the president's motorcade as it makes its way from the Akron airport to the Kent State campus.

"Our costs are minimal as of right now," she said. "That could certainly change. We won't know until the location is final."

The speculation around Kent is that the president also will make a stop downtown to see the more than $100 million in redevelopment work, which was kickstarted in part by a $20 million federal transportation grant for PARTA's Kent Central Gateway transit center and parking garage.

Such a stop downtown would involve extra officers on security and traffic details and service department workers for street closures.

"That’s when our costs would rise," Lee said.

She said because he's only scheduled to be in town between one and two hours the costs should be minimal either way. And because right now it looks like he may only stop on campus the university will shoulder much of the related costs.

"Unless plans drastically change, which I don’t foresee that happening," Lee said.

Gary Ruppert September 23, 2012 at 01:53 AM
The fact is, Obama is objectively the worst president ever. He has raised everyones taxes, espeically job creators, and gave all the money to freeloading minorites. I cant wait until he is out of office and a new era of Freedom returns to USA. If only the liberal media would stop being so biased against Real Americans here in the Heartland.
Brian Andrews September 23, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Jason the networks, abc cbs & nbs's evening news attract 2-3 times the number of veiwers as the major cable news channels during the same time slot.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! September 23, 2012 at 01:58 PM
You mean white people, right? Probably white men. Your disdain for "minorities" is interesting. Did you know, at the current rate, good ol' white people will be a minority in the United States in a very short amount of time? That is, if we stay the United States. We are anything but united...
Susan Ruiz Patton September 23, 2012 at 02:14 PM
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Holly Pierpont September 23, 2012 at 02:23 PM
All it takes is a log into nbcnews.com, formerly known as MSNBC.com, to see the headlines written in the trashiest of ways all in an effort to discredit any opposition to Obama. The liberals all cry foul at Fox News but clearly, the others have caught up to that gimmick. So much so that I truly believe there's more liberal media bias than what Fox News could ever spew for the conservatives. Unfortunately the average voter won't take it upon themselves to seek beyond these biased media sources to learn what is truly accurate and will base their votes on horrendous political ads, and poor journalism. Just think what past elections would have been like with social media around back then? Scary.
Joe Giles September 23, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Paul September 23, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Rex, don't let the door hit you on the way out. The bottom line is that Obama won the last election by promising every lazy, non job holding person a free ride. Don't worry he said. I will take care of you. Doesn't matter what your skin color or nationality is. The bottom line is that "the free ride is over". Get a job and become a contributing citizen of the US or I would be willing to help pay for transportation out of our great Nation.
Heather N. Peters September 23, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Rex, Stow is in Summit County.
Heather N. Peters September 23, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I wish there were "like" buttons on comments. *sigh*
Ted M September 23, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Rex Jepper....whay do you hate the white man? Thats all you keep talking about:? Really, lets talk more
Ted M September 23, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I wishe we the people had a say in this. I wouls like they money spent elsewhere.
Dan Marol September 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Question, for all of you who say "Romney is up against the liberal media, blah, blah, blah." How did George Bush win two terms? Didn't he have to go up against the liberal media? How about Ronald Reagan, and the first Bush? They didn't even have Fox News or Limbaugh on their side, but yet they still won! I'm really tired of the whining about the liberal media...get over it.
Dan Marol September 23, 2012 at 11:14 PM
That was a great clip! By the way, any relation to the famous "MZ" on these posts?
Dan Marol September 23, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Jiim - You are really grasping at straws as you see the likelihood of Obama getting re-elected becoming more and more real.
Dan Marol September 23, 2012 at 11:18 PM
You guys wished he said all of that. In the bubble that you live in, apparently he did. But in reality, you are so wrong.
bob lang September 24, 2012 at 12:22 AM
It amazes me that antone still believes the fairy tale that Obama has raised taxes. On who? Why are our taxes a the lowest level in 50 years if he has been raising them. If you have some facts, how about sharing them.
jiim may September 24, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Dan, i could careless who gets elected, they are both morons, like you. The "president" is just a puppet controlled by wallstreet . If you think he does anything without their ok, you truely are clueless.
Tom Mcfalls September 24, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Jason talk about jokes. "even if there was some conspiracy in the media" Come on man. You know there is. What makes Romney weak? The fact that he does not go across the country giving handouts to whatever audience he's speaking too? Obama isn't a leader. He can't bring anyone one together to get things done. All he does is play the blame game. We need a real leader not just someone who's fun to hang out with. As for your VP comment, Biden is the real embarrassment.
Holly Pierpont September 24, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Dan, for starters let's take a look at the nose dive MSNBC took into the liberal agenda, and now that Microsoft has departed that marriage, NBC is full force. They have admitted that this allows them to pursue the liberal side of the news they've always longed to. Their Progress Forward advertising campaign that started a couple of years ago really took them to that level of bias. You can't compare what candidates today are up against to the presidents of a decade or more ago. It's simple - social media and liberal media weren't the force then, that they are today. Deny that all you want, but it's a fact. Ten years ago we didn't put an app in the hands of the young voters with a smart phone. Ten years ago we didn't have access to news on our smartphones, with headlines attacking candidates. Ten years ago we didn't have Super PACS and incumbents this far out of control urging us all to go vote early (and hopefully without an ID). What part do you think is the same???
Callie E. September 24, 2012 at 04:12 AM
What I want to know is why, out of millions of eligible people, how in the world did we end up with these two morons as our main choices? WHY?
Fred Pierre September 24, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Actually they are both incredibly smart. They both graduated from one of the top law schools in the country, and they both have incredible people skills, proven by their management of nationwide campaigns that have raised more money than ever before in history. That they don't serve your interests may be the case, and each candidate serves different interests, but watching them hone their message to target their interest groups shows amazing skill. Mitt has perfectly motivated wealthy voters, Libertarians and anti-government Christians, while Obama has motivated the poor, Hispanics, African-Americans, gays and lesbians, and pro-government Christians. The precision of their speech and their power to move people with their persuasion speaks to their abilities to change the discourse, however I do agree with Obama that the president can't always make change - that takes Congress, which is divided and mean-spirited at the moment. Hopefully they will learn to work together before they take the whole ship down with them. Getting some manufacturing jobs back from China would be a good start, or re-training our workers for the high-tech jobs of the future. Also reigning in the financial excesses of our investment banks would be helpful (for example, Knight Capital loses $400 million on computer algorithm error, or MF Global losing millions in supposedly secured investor assets).
Babs Ann September 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM
obama is not worth 35 thousand dollars. It probably cost more to protect him than what he brings in.
Murphy-Solon September 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I both agree and disagree with you Fred. Yes they are both men with good educations but the money spent on focus groups has a lot to do with targeting certain segments of the electorate. The skill to connect with people cannot be taught. Either you have it or not. Reagan, Clinton, Obama and, to a lesser extent, Bush had such a skill. They had/have the ability to look into that camera and project a connection to the people. Dole, Gore and Kerry were stiff in front of the camera and that is bad news for Romney. Once again I state, you can blame the liberal media bias for Romney's impending defeat but there was a good reason why the Republican party resisted embracing Romney. Romney, for his part, has spent way too much time bending over backwards trying to convince the conservatives that he's one of them. This has caused Romney to neglect the middle and the middle is where elections are won and lost.
Dan Marol September 24, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Holly- You've got to be kidding! You are comparing liberal MSNBC with the juggernaut right wing cable network of Fox News, radio talk shows of Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Laura Ingram, etc, etc? You do have to admit the availability of right wing media far outpowers what's on the left, everyone knows this. And yes, I do separate NBC News from MSNBC. Sorry, no excuses if Romney loses.
Dan Marol September 24, 2012 at 08:48 PM
And this insult is directed at me by a guy named "Jiim"....nice.
Original Prankster September 25, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Rex, once we get a President worthy of respect, I will respect him. This clown? No. I am sure that when he is not re-elected he can support himself on visits to night-time talk shows. Of course he may not be able to continue taking 5 vacations per year.
Original Prankster September 25, 2012 at 06:48 PM
He's a Natty Ice man
Original Prankster September 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
"What? I should take responsibility for my actions? You mean I have to actually work for a living? This is so unfair." - Joseph Biden
Original Prankster September 25, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Rex is somewhat backward Heather - you can tell by his posts
Original Prankster September 25, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Biden is a plagiarizing clown. I'm amazed BAH didn't dump him half-way through his term. Biden is an embarrassment.


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