President Obama to visit Manor school


by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and photojournalist DAVID GARDNER and Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Updated Monday, May 6 at 5:47 PM

MANOR, Texas -- The city of Manor and its school district are preparing to welcome President Obama.

As word gets out, the town of Manor is buzzing.

“Manor, really? Manor?” Cindy Robles laughed. “It was quite shocking. I still can't believe he's coming here. Tell me where he's going to be, and I'll be there.”

According to the White House Press Office, the visit is part of the president's "middle class jobs & opportunity tour." He will "travel to Manor New Tech High School where students are learning the real-world skills they need to fill the jobs that are available right now."

“It will give kids some inspiration to be that close to somebody of his caliber and give them something to talk about and to look up to,” said resident Jay Arredondo.

Sgt. Ryan Phipps with the Manor Police Department says officers are working with the Secret Service, Travis County Sheriff's Office and other Central Texas law enforcement agencies to make sure security is tight.

“As far as I know this is the first time a sitting president has come to Manor,” Sgt. Phipps said. “We're handling it pretty well. There are a lot of people involved, and everything is going to go smoothly.”

According to the White House, the president also plans to visit a technology company based in Austin. There is no word yet on which company that might be.

White House officials say the president wants to keep Americans focused on his economic proposals even while Congress is busy with an immigration overhaul and confirmation for his second-term Cabinet nominees.

The White House says Obama will travel every few weeks and will emphasize his State of the Union proposals to expand pre-kindergarten and raise the minimum wage.

KVUE will have more details on the president's trip to Austin as they become available.

The last time Pres. Obama was in Central Texas was a stop in Austin in July 2012 when he campaigned at the Austin Music Hall and attended a private fundraiser.

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