President Barack Obama’s got a thing for Austin.
The President is kicking off his “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour” in the Capitol City today. The White House says Austin was picked as the place to start the tour, because it leads the country in manufacturing and tech job growth. (And we’re sure Austin’s reputation as a Democratic city in a solidly Republican state doesn’t hurt either.)
Obama’s making official stops at Manor New Tech High School and Applied Materials in Austin. We also learned this morning that he’ll be stopping by tech startup support company Capital Factory – that explains the road closures affecting downtown you can read about here.
But whether its Austin economic growth and success, its liberal bonafides or something else, Obama has a thing for Austin. Today will be his eighth trip to the Capitol City. Here’s a look at his previous trips:
Oct. 28, 2006: Promoting his book “The Audacity of Hope” and fresh off a wave of popularity following his Democratic National Convention speech, then Sen. Obama spoke at the Texas Book Festival, which featured an introduction from Evan Smith.
Feb. 23 2007: Sen. Obama spoke at Auditorium Shores in 2007, addressing a crowd of thousands with an early campaign stump speech.
Nov. 10, 2009: President Obama visited Fort Hood after the October 2009 mass shooting at the military installation and attended a memorial service for the victims.
May 10, 2011: Obama spoke to a crowd at the ACL Live Moody Theatre downtown, with Robert Earl Keen opening the festivities.
July 17, 2012: Obama’s most recent visit this summer featured protests from Occupy Austin, plus plenty of I-35 traffic and pre-election rhetoric at the Austin Music Hall.