Claremont Insider: Obama Coming to the IE

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Obama Coming to the IE

President Barack Obama will be visiting Southern California Wednesday and Thursday, and his itinerary includes a trip to Pomona. The president will fly into Long Beach Wednesday afternoon and then hold a town hall meeting at the Orange County Fair Event Center at 88 Fair Dr. in Costa Mesa at 4pm. Parking is $10.

Free tickets to the event are being given out beginning today at 10am, but seating is limited and people began lining up last night for the tickets.

On Thursday, Obama will come to Pomona to tour Southern California Edison's Electric Vehicle Technical Center. The Pomona visit is not open to the public. The President will end his trip by going to Burbank to tape an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

You might recall that Assemblywoman Norma Torres (D-Pomona) campaigned for Obama last year during his run for the presidency. Torres' support might be one reason for the Pomona trip.

The Daily Bulletin's Wes Woods II reports on the trip and on Torres' appearance with Obama at the Edison facility Thursday:

This is the second time in less than a month that the city of Pomona has been tied to Obama.

In a nationally televised speech on March 10, Obama mentioned Pomona's Village Academy and a DVD put together by Michael Steinman's Advanced Placement English.

In the video, which is titled "Is Anybody Listening? - A Message from Village Academy High School Students," the class discussed how the economic crisis is affecting today's teenagers.

Torres said she did not know if Obama would visit Village Academy.

Torres, who will join Obama at the plant, plans to speak with him about unemployment, transportation and homelessness in Pomona as well as the region.

One thing you can bet on is the fact that, even more so than with other recent administrations, the President's trip will be very well-chronicled. Some critics on the right have accused the press and a good portion of the public of having an almost cult-like obsession with Obama. We don't know much about that, other than what we read in The Onion.