Best Visit by a Dignitary

Barack Obama comes to town

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The nation's top media outlets turned their focus toward Idaho, and particularly Boise State University, Jan. 21. "Obama Bounds Into Republican Boise," wrote the Washington Post (though Boise's voting record would probably waylay that notion). "Obama Takes His 'One America' Tour to Idaho," wrote The New York Times. The historic day began with a bit of a surprise: the sight of Boise Mayor Dave Bieter exiting Air Force One with President Barack Obama when the iconic jet touched down at Gowen Field—Bieter received the once-in-a-lifetime invitation while he was at a conference in the nation's capitol. After delivering what he called his "middle class economics" talking points at a packed-to-the-rafters Caven Williams Sports Complex at Boise State, and spreading some Oval Office love to Boise Treefort-spinoff Hackfort, Obama took a whirlwind tour of Boise State's New Product Development Lab, part of the university's College of Engineering, allowing a select few students to snap some pretty sweet selfies.

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