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Finally: S.D. awaits Obama's first visit as president

May 3, 2015View for printing

Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States.

Barack Obama makes his first appearance as commander-in-chief in South Dakota later this week. It's the first visit to South Dakota by a POTUS in almost 13 years.

Why did it take so long, and why was South Dakota the last state for Obama to visit? Perhaps now is a good time for some honesty. South Dakota is not Obama country. For a Democrat, he did well in 2008, winning almost 45% of the vote. Four years later, he couldn't crest 40%.

Jonathan Ellis, (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Argus Leader

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