President Barack Obama to Speak at Penn State

President Barack Obama will be speaking at Penn State University Park next Wednesday, the university confirmed today. We’ll update this post with information as it comes in.

Update 1:15 pm Penn State has released more information about the nature of Obama’s visit.

The president will focus on the importance of work being done at the Energy Innovation Hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Hank Foley, Penn State vice president for Research, is the principal investigator for the project, which involves 11 academic institutions, two DOE laboratories, five high-profile global industry partners, regional economic development agencies, and community colleges.

White House Deputy Communications Directory Jen Psaki said that Obama is “really looking forward to visiting Penn State’s facilities.”

The visit is related to the $129 million grant Penn State got in conjunction with the Philadelphia Navy Yard to launch an Energy Innovation Hub.

Innovation and entrepreneurship were central themes of Obama’s State of the Union address earlier this week.

Update 1:28 pm Well the Old Main lawn probably won’t work as a venue for Obama’s visit this time. Where do you think the event will be held?

Update 1:50 pm This video gets to what the theme of Obama’s visit will likely be.

Update 2:01 pm David Strong asks a good question:

So will Obama visit the Creamery on Wednesday? Any predictions on flavor?less than a minute ago via Twitterrific for Mac

I think a Creamery visit is unlikely. I mean, Obama is pretty health conscious and the Creamery is rather unhealthy (right, Collegian?). If he did visit though, the Creamery might already have the perfect flavors for him.

Back when Obama was inaugurated, the Penn State Creamery sent cartons of ice cream to the Pennsylvania inaugural gala. The flavors were BaRocky Road, Biden Berry, and Obama White House. I bet they still have the recipes ready to go if need be!

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