2012 : President Obama Visits University of Michigan

January 27, 2023 all-day

President Barack Obama this morning announced at the University of Michigan (U-M) a $1 billion Race to the Top (RTTT) for higher education.

“How can we make sure that everyone gets the education they need to personally succeed, but also build up the economy?” he said at the Al Glick Field House at the University of Michigan. ” . . . The bottom line is that an economy built to last demands we keep doing everything we can to bring down the cost of college.”

This is the third part of the administration’s RTTT initiative encouraging educational choice and excellence. Michigan has failed to qualify for RTTT grants for both K-12 and early education.

At least 13 presidents have visited the Ann Arbor campus, including U-M alumnus Gerald Ford. Visitors include Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, Benjamin Harrison, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Although George W. Bush has visited Michigan State University, he’s never made it U-M.

Sources :

Inside MIRS Today, January 27, 2012.

Katie Woodhouse, “Presidential visits to University of Michigan date back to 1892”, Ann Arbor News, January 28, 2012.