Many people took pictures and videos when President Obama’s motorcade passed through Oak Ridge, Clinton, and Anderson County on Friday afternoon.
Here are a few, including several by John Westcott and Betsy Prine.
The president traveled to East Tennessee—his first trip to the Knoxville area as president—to announce education and manufacturing proposals that will be presented in his State of the Union speech to Congress on January 20.
Announced at Pellissippi State Community College, the education proposal would provide two years of community college free to anyone who’s willing to work for it.
The manufacturing proposal was announced at Techmer PM in Clinton. Under that proposal, a Knoxville-area based consortium of 122 companies, nonprofits, universities, and research laboratories is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy to create a more than $259 million public-private partnership called the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI. The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are among the founding partners, and UT will lead the institute.
It’s the first visit by a president to Pellissippi State or Clinton, although presidents have previously visited Oak Ridge and Knoxville.