President Barack Obama and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter disembarking from Air Force One at the Boise Airport.
President Barack Obama told an approving crowd at Boise State University’s Caven-Williams Sports Complex Wednesday afternoon that he would admit the clock was indeed ticking on his presidency, but he had no desire to be sitting on the bench.
“I may be in the fourth quarter,” said Obama, "but here at the home of the team with the most famous Statue of Liberty play in [college football] history, I don’t have to remind you that things happen late in the fourth quarter.”
In a densely packed afternoon stop in Boise, the first leg of his post-State of the Union message, Obama spent some time with students and instructors at Boise State’s New Product Development Lab at the university’s Micron Engineering Building.
“This is fascinating,” Obama told the engineering students . “If I was allowed to invest, I would want to invest in you guys.”
Minutes later, Obama was sharing his enthusiasm with the crowd - nearly 6,000 strong - at the Caven-Wiliams complex, which had the feel of a campaign rally. Obama reminded the gathering that the last time he was on campus, he was a first-time candidate for the White House. While he won two terms, Obama was soundly defeated by Idaho voters.
“I got whupped. I got whupped twice,” Obama said. “That’s OK. That’s why I came back.”
Obama said he was anxious to get his GOP detractors to “stop saying no” to many of his programs, especially in his final two years as chief executive.
“Don’t just say ‘No,’” said Obama. “I want a ‘Yes.’ We may disagree with politics, but we don’t have to be divided as people. Whoever we are, Republican, Democrat, Independent, young, old, gay, straight—we share a common goal. I want to show the rest of the world that we are not a collection of red states and blue states, and that we’re still the United States of America.”
President Barack Obama leaving the Caven-Williams Sports Complex.