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Obama at Capital University

Commander-in-Chief offers message to students 

obama visit 2012 01Trinity and Capital University students who arrived early to campus this year had the rare opportunity to see and hear from the President of the United States, Barack Obama, when he visited Columbus and the Capital campus on August 21.

President Obama spoke about the rising cost of higher education and the need for grants, tax credits, and other programs to help curb student debt. He also encouraged this generation of college voters to make their voices heard in the November election.

More than 3,000 gather on the Saylor-Ackerman Quad

obama visit 2012 02The audience of more than 3,000 included students, faculty, administrators, and members of the general community. They gathered on the lawn of the Saylor-Ackerman quad at Capital for the president’s 1:00 p.m. speech. A select number of students were seated in risers near the podium, while others clamored for a glimpse and a photo of the president from their perch on the lawn.

A limited number of tickets were distributed on campus and at campaign offices scattered throughout Columbus. Several Trinity students and staff received tickets.

Trinity Students Claim Tickets

obama visit 2012 03“Ben Austin and I were only hoping to 'catch a glimpse' of the President from the outskirts. To then get tickets at the last minute really fueled our excitement. It was wonderful to be among others engaged in the political discourse in a healthy environment,” said Scott Nellis, a first-year Trinity student.

People began to gather along Main Street in Bexley early in the morning as they waited to pass through security. Vendors sold T-shirts and buttons to those filing across campus. Before arriving at Capital, the president made a stop at the Ohio State University and surprised students who were having lunch in the OSU student union.