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President-Elect Obama Delivers Major Economic Speech at Mason

Reprinted from the Mason Gazette, January 9, 2009

Mason's Center for the Arts Concert Hall was the venue for President-elect Barack Obama's major address on the economy, which he delivered on Jan. 8.

President-elect Obama
President-elect Obama delivered a major economic speech at Mason on Jan. 8.
Photo by Evan Cantwell

Mason Board of Visitors Rector Ernst Volgenau and Provost Peter Stearns greeted Obama upon his arrival and welcomed him to Mason.

The by-invitation-only event was attended by Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine, as well as the governors of Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Wisconsin.

A delegation of a dozen mayors, including Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty, attended, as did many other political representatives. The mayors met prior to the speech and were led by Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

In his speech, Obama outlined the goals of his American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, which he is urging Congress to pass "in the next few weeks."

Obama with Chris LaPaille, Ernst Volgenau and Peter Stearns
President-elect Obama met with Mason Vice President for University Relations Christine LaPaille, Board of Visitors Rector Ernst Volgenau and Provost Peter Stearns during his visit. LaPaille is holding a Mason world ball, which she presented to Obama. Photo by Evan Cantwell


Governors visit Mason
Six governors met at Mason and attended Obama's speech. From left, Jim Doyle of Wisconsin; Jennifer Granholm of Michigan; Martin O'Malley of Maryland; Ruth Ann Minner of Delaware; Deval Patrick of Massachusetts; and Timothy Kaine of Virginia.
Photo by Evan Cantwell