Claremont Insider: Obama in Pomona - Updated

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Obama in Pomona - Updated


David Allen has all the information on President Obama's mid-morning visit to Pomona. Obama will be touring the Edison International Vehicle Electrics Plant today at 10:30am and will be in Burbank later to tape an appearance on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Allen also notes that some special Pomona students will get to meet the President, which elicited a cheer in the form of a comment from Ms. Lois at the Pomona Library.

The Pomona event is for the presidential press pool only, so like anyone else who wants to catch a glimpse of Obama, Allen plans on being on the outside looking in.

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In his column today, Allen also pointed out that, contrary to what State Assemblywoman Norma Torres has stated, Obama's visit was not unprecedented. In fact, with the help of a couple researchers, Allen found at four prior presidential visits to Pomona:
Those visits: Benjamin Harrison, 1891; William McKinley, 1901; William Howard Taft, 1911; and Herbert Hoover, 1932.

My thanks to Bruce Guter and Allan Lagumbay of the Pomona Public Library for rounding up the details for me Tuesday.

It wouldn't surprise me if there were more. Could 1933 to 2008 really have been devoid of presidential visits to P-town?

You'd think LBJ would have toured General Dynamics, or Nixon would've visited the L.A. County Fair. Or Clinton would've gone to Donut & Burger for one of each.

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The Original Skrip, meanwhile, saw the president motoring over Pomona and also referred us to some photos and video of the motorcade over at Pomona Neighborhood Watch.

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Plenty of area politicians got presidential shout-outs today, including Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, State Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod, Assemblywoman Torres and Pomona Mayor Elliot Rothman.

As the LAist blog noted, while speaking in Pomona the President also announced a new federal $2.4 billion electric vehicle development program.

You can see the speech here, if you missed it and are interested.

Obama also time to meet with high school students from Pomona's Village Academy High School. The Daily Bulletin's Politics Now blog had a post on what on.