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President Obama at Smith Electric Vehicles in Kansas City.

Previously:

White House Conference Call Preview of President Obama’s Visit to Kansas City (July 7, 2010)

President Obama in Kansas City – on the economy – Smith Electric Vehicles – July 8, 2010 (July 8, 2010)

Obama at The Folly: Fundraiser for Robin Carnahan (July 8, 2010)

President Obama traveled to Kansas City Thursday to speak on the economy at an electric vehicle plant and later as the headliner at a fundraiser for Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s U.S. Senate campaign. Blue Girl covered the fundraiser (one of two) held at the Folly Theater in downtown Kansas City and I covered the speech on the economy at Smith Electric Vehicles next to Kansas City International Airport.

In the lead up to and during the President’s speech at the plant I took over 420 images. A few examples follow:

The view from the media riser before the audience was seated.

An all electric truck on display at the plant.

Hurry up and wait.

The CEO of Smith Electric Vehicles gave live television and other media interviews during the lengthy interim between our clearance into the plant and the President’s speech.

Some of the media on the main riser start checking their shots. Others catch up on reading during the wait.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) greets Senator Claire McCaskill (D).

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D) speaks with a volunteer.

The President is about to enter.

After his speech the President greeted every one of the plant’s workers and management in the audience.