President Obama‘s recent visit to South Dakota wasn’t just any ol’ stop on his increasingly busy political map. It also officially marked him as the fourth U.S. president to have visited all 50 states in the United States of America!
Presidents before him that have achieved this feat include Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. It’s kind of remarkable that only four U.S. presidents have stepped foot on all 50 states in their presidencies. Associated Press noted that it took Obama 6 1/2 years to fulfill. We think it’s another unique win for the nation’s first Black president. It will undoubtedly be a part of his legacy.
His trip to South Dakota was for a special purpose. As reported by PEOPLE magazine, Obama was there to deliver a commencement speech at Lake Area Technical Institute, a community college in Watertown. His speech went along with an earlier proposal of community college being free for eligible students sometime in the near future. His SD presence was especially requested by 11-year-old, Rebecca Kelley. Kelley, a resident of Vermillion, sent President Obama a handwritten and drawn letter. In asking him to please come and visit, she also wrote: “We are the warmest of the Dakotas.”
When he arrived, Obama told local news station KSFY-TV: “I [couldn’t] let my South Dakota friends feel neglected.” At the beginning of his Lake View speech, he jokingly remarked: “I am thrilled to be here. I have now been to all 50 states as president and I was saving the best for last. To the other 49, I hope you take no offense.”
We’re sure going to miss him when he officially completes his second and final term as President in January 2017.