It’s great to see President Barack Obama in Columbia on this partly cloudy, slightly chilly Friday. He’s spending a few hours in the capital city, where he’ll be speaking at Benedict College.
It’s Mr. Obama’s first visit to the Palmetto State since he’s been president. It’s about time. South Carolina wasn’t just due a visit, it was owed one.
After all, it’s South Carolina that gave Mr. Obama a landslide victory in the 2008 S.C. Democratic primary, a much-needed momentum boost going into what was dubbed as Tsunami Tuesday. Mr. Obama flogged Hillary Clinton and others from the Upstate to the Midlands to the Lowcountry to the coast.
The South Carolina victory solidified that Mr. Obama was a serious contender. And the rest, as they say, is history: He went on to win the Democratic nomination and the presidency — twice.
So, you’d think South Carolina would rate at least one visit.
But it seemed like it would never happen; President Obama is halfway through his second term. Goodness, South Carolina has been languishing on the list of the least loved by the president along with South Dakota and Utah. But no more.
The commander in chief, leader of the free world, occupant of the Oval Office is hanging out in Columbia today. Pretty cool. Pretty special. It always is anytime any president makes his way to our great state.
Welcome, Mr. President.