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|Knox College Officials Review Presidential Preparation
|Knox College reportedly only got about one week to prepare for President Barack Obama's speech on Wednesday.
The President kicked off a three speech tour focusing on the economy and how to grow the country from the middle, out.
Knox wasn't caught totally off guard however, as officials say that the White House is quite good at assigning tasks before the President visits.
Director of Campus Safety John Schlaf tells the WGIL Morning News that the Secret Service likes to break responsibilities down.
"Since the event took place at a private college, then the safety and security aspects fell to [campus safety] and so we coordinated with the site coordinator for the Secret Service," says Schlaf.
He says that the way security handles a sitting President versus a former President is night and day, reminiscing of Bill Clinton's visit to the campus.
College officials say the White House trusted the campus to host the visit and prepare for the event. Knox Director of Government and Community Relations Karrie Heartlein tells the WGIL Morning News that the experience was amazing.
"It was a great opportunity for the College and the Community to shine before a national spotlight," says Heartline.
Galesburg Police were reportedly given ample responsibility in tracking the motorcade. President Obama focused his attention on a variety of topics in what is described as a tone setting speech for future policy discussions.
Knox College President Teresa Amott said after the speech that she would have loved to have a full student body on campus for the speech.
"It's an honor anytime time of the year, any season, 365 days of the year, it's the same kind of honor," says Amott.
She says that a visit from the President is an effort, but says that they are grateful for the guidance from the White House staff.
|07 27 13 by Newsroom
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