SLIDESHOW: Preparations For Obama Visit

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

A day that was years in the making.

"It's been a great day," said Nicole Noll-Williams, a spokesperson for the Capital Region International Airport. "It's just a wonderful opportunity for the region to have [the President] come in and highlight something that our senator has been working on."

For several years, Congress was unsuccessful at passing a Farm Bill. Once it did, Greater Lansing had a week to get ready for the arrival of the President.

President Obama stepped off the plane with Senator Stabenow, clearly grateful to her for helping get the Farm bill passed.

Air Force One touched down around 12:20 p.m. in Lansing. The motorcade then headed to Michigan State University.

"By giving American's more bang for their buck at places like farmers markets, we're making it easier for working families to eat healthy foods and we're supporting farmers like Ben who make their living growing it," said President Obama.

Within three hours, the entire Michigan visit was over. The President re-boarded Air Force One around 3 p.m. Then flew back to Washington, D.C.

"There's so much going on in this region, a lot of good investments--in our existing companies and from the university," said Noll-Williams. "People are starting to notice it."

While the event is over and the President is back in Washington, the impact of the President signing the Farm Bill at MSU will be felt for years.


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