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August 21, 2013 - 8:52 am

So, the official White House email system spit this out last night. Apparently someone thinks that riding around on buses going from one college campus to another equals leadership.

To most people, that’s just a slacker’s road trip.

Hello, everybody –

Michelle and I know exactly how tough it can be to pay for higher education. By the time we finished paying back the loans we took out to go to college and grad school, I was on my way to being a U.S. Senator.

I believe that anyone who works hard should have the same opportunities that our educations gave us. That’s why, as President, I’ve made it a personal mission to make higher education more affordable — and why I’m going to be visiting school campuses later this week.

Learn more about why this is the time to take action.

The facts are clear. Over the past three decades, the average tuition at a public four-year college has more than tripled. At the same time, many state governments are actually reducing their support for education, and many middle-class students are getting stuck with the tab. Today, the average student taking out loans to pay for education graduates with more than $26,000 in debt.

Just tinkering around the edges won’t be enough: To create a better bargain for the middle class, we have to fundamentally rethink about how higher education is paid for in this country. We’ve got to shake up the current system.

That’s why, starting Thursday, I will be embarking on a bus tour to offer my plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families. My plan includes real reforms that would bring lasting change. They won’t all be popular with everyone –including some who’ve made higher education their business — but it’s past time that more of our colleges work better for the students they exist to serve.

Over the past four and a half years, we’ve worked to put college in reach for more students and their families through tax credits, improving access to financial aid, and new options that make it easier to repay those loans.

But if we’re going to keep the doors of higher education open to everyone who works for it, we need to do more — much more. And that’s exactly what I’m going to be talking about this week.

So learn more here, then help to spread the word:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/college-affordability

Thanks,

President Barack Obama

See the president’s eye? It’s off the ball known as the economy, again.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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What's missing here is the "cost" to the students on the campuses where Obama is making his appearances. Everyone of these universities (and their communities) will be forced to increase their own security - bringing in extra help and paying overtime. Many University functions for several days will be diverted to coordinating with the WH and contracting local vendors for things like sound systems and stages..... which will result in additional costs to the University. Classes and campus access - that students have paid for - will be delayed, cancelled or impossible to get to due to the heavy security demands. In addition, some teachers will make attendance at the event a required activity for course credit - a theft of time considering the length of time that is spent waiting in lines and clearing security.

In short - Universities have better uses for their cash and human resources and students deserve to attend the classes that they have paid.
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