President Obama Stops in Iowa City

President Barack Obama visited a capacity crowd of 5,500 at the Field House this afternoon to talk about the cost of higher education. Despite the sweltering conditions inside—which led to some attendees fainting—the line to get in stretched around the block of Melrose and Grand. The speech lasted around half-an-hour, during which the president called for Congress to prevent student loan interest rates from rising. He also shared how he and the First Lady only finished paying off their student loans eight years ago.

Obama said that last year, 40 states cut higher education funding, which drew loud boos from the audience. He also said that many Americans owe more on student loans than on their credit cards.

It’s not every day that the commander-in-chief comes to town, and many appreciated the opportunity to see the president, regardless of their political affiliation.

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