A thunderous applause erupted when President Barack Obama made his entrance into the
Gregory Gymnasium on the University of Texas campus in Austin Monday.
The president came to Texas for Democratic fundraisers being held in Austin and Dallas. First
he met briefly with Republican Governor Rick Perry, where Perry talked to him about stronger border
control between Texas and Mexico. Afterward he attended a luncheon in downtown Austin, where
supporters could eat for as much as $30,000. Obama then traveled in his motorcade to the UT campus
to talk to approximately 2,000 spectators.
Lasting about 30 minutes, Obama’s speech was mainly directed at the college students of UT
and America. In a single generation, he said, America has fallen from first to twelfth in the world in
respect to the number of college graduates produced. The president wants to change this and get back
to leading the other nations.
Obama said he has the goal of “producing 8 million more college graduates by 2020 so we can have a higher share of graduates than any other nation on earth.”
In order to accomplish this, he plans to make college more affordable.
“Instead of handing over $60 billion in unwarranted subsidies to big banks and financial institutions over the next decade, we’re redirecting that money to make college more affordable for
nearly 8 million students and families and upgrade America’s essential community college system,” he said.
Other ways the government wants to produce more college graduates is by making the financial
aid application easier and by making sure students complete their courses of study.
Once he ended his speech, Obama boarded Air Force One and flew to Dallas for another Democratic fundraiser.
Along with the welcoming of Obama to Texas also came protests. As the audience left the
gymnasium, they could hear shouts from people in the street voicing their opposition to the president.
Opponents also held a protest on the steps of the Capitol later that afternoon.