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This Day in Georgia History

August 02, 2010

President Obama Visited Atlanta

U.S. President Barack Obama visited Atlanta for the first time since his election in 2008 (it was second visit to Georgia - the first was in Savannah March 2, 2010). Air Force One landed at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta at 10:40 AM. There to greet him were Governor Sonny Perdue; Georgia congressmen Sanford Bishop, John Lewis, and David Scott; Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed; and commander of the 94th airlift wing Col. Timothy Tarchick. The purpose of the visit was to deliver a speech to the Disabled American Veterans national convention. In the speech President Obama said that treatment of Vietnam veterans after the war was a “national disgrace,” that America’s mission in Iraq would change from combat to support on by Aug. 31, that the United States would “ultimately defeat al-Qaida,” and that his health care reform plan would not change veterans’ benefits. The President also attended a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, before returning to Dobbins Air Force Base for the return trip to Washington, D.C.