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Not Everyone is Pleased with Presidential Visit - John Dunn

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Nashville, Tenn. --  Music City is preparing for a presidential visit. For the first time since taking office, President Obama will travel to Nashville and give a speech at McGavock High School. We expect he will focus his remarks on education and jobs, and supporters and opponents are preparing for his visit.

McGavock High School will earn its place in presidential history Thursday. President Obama will visit the school, which has had an impressive academic turnaround over the last four years. During his state of the union address, the President made special mention of education in Tennessee. "Teachers and principals in schools from Tennessee to Washington, D.C. are making big strides in preparing students with the skills for the new economy," said President Obama.

Education has been a top priority in Tennessee for a number of years, and the state has made significant strides. Some Republicans say the President should recognize, but not take credit for the achievements. "Tennessee was just ranked as the fastest improving state in education. We think that is directly attributable to the Republican policies that have been passed by a Republican controlled legislature," says Brent Leatherwood with the Tennessee Republican Party.

While there is excitement about the president's arrival, not everyone is impressed. A small group of protesters stood along West End Avenue Wednesday afternoon. They believe the President should be speaking about other topics including trade policies, the environment, and government spying on citizens. "We get a lot of visibility here and so this is one way we can speak directly to the public at least a little bit," says protester Eric Schechter.

The President will get his chance to speak directly to Tennesseans Thursday afternoon. Even those with political differences are anxious to hear his message. The President will arrive in Nashville around 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon.

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