President Obama visits the Palmetto state


SPiN was there as President Obama along with attorney general Eric Holder arrived at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport on Friday morning. He was greeted by Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley and congressman James Clyburn while he arrived at Benedict College.

Prior to arriving at Benedict College, he made a surprise visit to Brookland Baptist Church where he greeted members of their congregation. Local media and numerous people were unaware of his visit to the church.

As President Obama left Brookland Baptist Church, he was surrounded by a motor blockade that followed him to his arrival at Benedict College. After his arrival, Obama addressed South Carolina’s youth by talking about furthering their education.

In support of furthering academic success Obama stated, “I will continue to do anything to make the dreams of youth come true.”

President Obama referenced programs pertaining to youth, including YouthBuild that focused on young people who have gotten off track a chance to earn a degree. Obama said that he wanted to ensure that today’s youth are 21st century ready for future careers.

“So as long as I’m president,” he said. “We’re going to keep doing everything we can to make sure that young people like you can achieve your dreams.”

Obama continued to talk about how the youth of today have to to do it themselves, meaning they have to work towards receiving education for themselves, however he did offer assistance to get that education.

“You got to do the work, but we can make it a little easier for you,” he said.

One of those initiatives to help today’s youth get an education is the My Brother’s Keeper’s challenge, which calls upon communities to bring together non-profits and organizations to create pathways for young people to succeed.

“I’m hugely optimistic about the progress we can take together this year and in the years ahead,” he said.

Obama closed by expressing his confidence in today’s youth and called upon the youth to keep working to receive an education.

By Joshua Dantzler, reporter

Photos by Joshua Dantzler and Jordan Dantzler