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    President Obama visits campus to discuss higher education

    By Marsha Miller
    Marsha Miller
    Published: Aug. 11, 2010

    On Aug. 9, President Barack Obama walked into a crowded Gregory Gym showing his “Hook ‘em, Horns” hand sign.

    The president discussed higher education and the need to become more globally competitive.

    “We have been slipping,” he said. “In a single generation we have fallen from first place to 12th place in college graduation rates. That is unacceptable, but not irreversible.” Read more from Obama’s speech.

    There’s more on Know about President Barack Obama:

    In anticipation of the president’s visit to campus, Know asked University of Texas at Austin experts what they think will be the most important issues for his administration to address during the next two years. Read their responses.

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      law school said on July 15, 2011 at 2:52 p.m.
      Pres. Obama does love his sports! The hook'em horns sign is a classic.
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      What a Newsworthy Year: 2010-2011 Year in Review said on June 27, 2011 at 10:10 a.m.
      [...] President Obama¬†Visits Campus: On Monday, August 9, 2010 President Barack Obama joined The University of Texas at Austin students, faculty and staff to discuss higher education and the need to become more globally competitive at UT’s Gregory Gym. Read more [...]
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      Barbara McGlothlin said on Aug. 20, 2010 at 10:28 p.m.
      I'm sorry, is there something wrong with my computer? What's up with the lack of any substantive information in this article? What the heck did Obama say anyway? I'd like to know.
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      Barbara Andes said on Aug. 19, 2010 at 6:23 p.m.
      What has happened in this country to respect for the Office of the President of the United States? It used to be, even if one disagreed heartily with a person's politics, we valued and appreciated the office, and listened to a person's ideas. I remember as a child our whole school was THRILLED when we had a chance to see the President of the United States in person. It was a big deal. And that was NIXON. We certainly didn't grow up to believe in a lot of the things he did, but we honored the office. I'm excited that the President came to UT and spoke to our young people about the commitment of governement to higher education. I wish I'd been in Austin to hear it. I'm happy that so many young people did, and they will remember that for the rest of their lives, whether in the long run they agree or disagree with a lot of what his administration ends up accomplishing. I'm proud UT got to be the school to host that talk.
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