Obama in Oklahoma

Obama speaking in Durant, OK.  Durant is home to the headquarters of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Obama speaking in Durant, OK. Durant is home to the headquarters of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Image: KFOR

A week ago, Obama came to Oklahoma for the third time since he’s been in office. The first was in 2012, when he came to voice his support for the part of Keystone XL going from Cushing to Texas (and, not surprisingly, our lovely governor & lieutenant governor made no effort to postpone their vacations in order to greet him). He came again in 2013 to view the damage after the devastating Moore tornado. This time, Obama came to launch a new education initiative and to continue his weeklong push to improve the criminal justice system. His trip to El Reno marks him as the first sitting president to visit a federal penitentiary.

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