President Barack Obama will visit Argonne National Laboratory on Friday afternoon to discuss "American energy policy."
The visit is especially interesting for friends and employees of Batavia's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory because the president's comments are likely to affect folks at Fermilab.
Obama is scheduled to arrive at O'Hare International Airport around 11:25 a.m. on Air Force One. He will then travel to Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials, where he will address credentialed media at 1:30 p.m.
The White House Press Office said the visit will focus on American energy, but did not elaborate on the context of the president's remarks.
Obama's trip marks the first time a president has appeared at Argonne since former President George W. Bush, who visited in July 2002. Bush used his speech to push for the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, according to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller.
This is the president’s first trip to the Chicago area since speaking at Hyde Park Academy on Feb. 15; First Lady Michelle Obama visited McCormick Place on Feb. 28 to promote her physical-fitness campaign “Let’s Move.”
The event is closed to the public, but Lemont Patch Editor Amanda Luevano will be providing live updates from Argonne throughout the day, beginning at 10 a.m.
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