- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - Watertown is a bit more red, white and blue than usual ahead of President Barack Obama’s planned visit.

American flags are attached to light poles along the streets that lead to the arena where Obama will speak.

He’s giving Friday afternoon’s commencement address before about 700 Lake Area Technical Institute graduates and their families where he’ll promote his plan for free community or technical college education.

The South Dakota stop makes Obama only the fourth president to visit all 50 states while in office.

Eleven-year-old Jordyn Geerdes, of Watertown, took the day off from school in hopes of seeing the president.

Thirty-five-year-old Terry Dierkson teaches at Lake Area and says that whether people like the president or hate him, it’s an honor to have him in town.

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