Our View: Obama brings excitement to Kent

DKS Editors

Summary: Take a moment to savor being the first students to welcome a sitting president to campus.

We all have differing opinions of Barack Obama’s presidency, but even his biggest detractors must admit his visit to Kent State on Wednesday will be interesting, at the very least. For one thing, no sitting president has ever come here before.

William Taft visited the city in 1912. Richard Nixon did the same in 1972. But neither stepped foot on campus.

Politics aside, the visit is going to turn what might have been just a typical Wednesday into hours of frenzy. Some of us will have to park somewhere different, or find a new route through the city, or take a detour walking to class. That alone will make the day a notable experience.

Yes, the security situation for the next few days will border on chaos, and it will probably be stressful at times. But as the editors in charge of covering Obama’s visit, we’ll be taking that with a grain of salt, and we hope everyone else will, too.

Most of us have never attended a campaign speech. Ohio might be a perennial swing state, but party nominees tend to give Cleveland and its suburbs precedence over Portage County. For all we know, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime moment.

So we’re glad the Obama campaign decided to pay us a visit. Hopefully it will be so exciting that we start begging Mitt Romney’s campaign to stop by and let us experience it all over again.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.