ELKHART, Ind. (WANE) – President Obama will visit Elkhart on Wednesday in a swan-song return trip to the city he visited in his first stop as president more than seven years ago.
Obama will speak at Concord High School Wednesday afternoon about the area’s economic progress. The president had used Elkhart as the poster-city for working class America during his campaign for president in 2008.
He’ll then participate in an invitation-only town hall meeting at Lerner Theatre televised by PBS.
“When I spoke to the people of Elkhart in February of 2009, I promised them that if we worked together, we could pull that community and this country out of the depths of recession — that we could not only recover, but put ourselves on a better, stronger course,” Obama said in an email posted on the White House website.
Tickets for Obama’s speech at Concord were distributed Tuesday morning at the high school’s McCuen Gym.
Obama visited Elkhart twice while he campaigned against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2008. He visited the city twice more after he was elected, and gave his first presidential speech there.
Obama’s last visit to Indiana was in 2015 when he visited Ivy Tech headquarters in Indianapolis. The Elkhart visit will be his eighth to Indiana.