President Obama visited campus on Friday to sign the Agricultural Act of 2014. We were there to cover the action live on Twitter and Instagram!

President Obama visited campus on Friday, February 7, 2014. He was here to sign the Agricultural Act of 2014, commonly known as the farm bill. He spoke in the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center to a full house. Read below of our live coverage of the event.

The planning for the event was extensive, but fast-paced, with only a couple days notice for all the details to be arranged. Space was limited, so those who were able to attend considered themselves very lucky to have a seat.

Security was, of course, very tight. Luckily, MSU has experience with traffic control and planning for large-scale events.

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Even so, this event was unique. MSU Police worked in conjunction with the United States Secret Service to provide security for the event. Ticket-holders and media alike had to go through screening processes.


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United States Secret Service K-9 units were also on hand, including this cute little guy. (As cute as this dog is, we have a feeling the K-9s can be fierce when they want to.)


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Once inside, attendees mingled until the program was to start. College of Music students performed live jazz music entertainment for the attendees, who arrived over two hours early for the program. There were many familiar faces in the crowd, from local politicians to university administrators and many students, including Stefan Fletcher, President of MSU's Council of Graduate Students.


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The stage was decorated with Michigan-grown produce and large farm equipment, setting the scene for the important agricultural message of the speech.


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After students led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem, Acting Provost June Youatt, PhD, had the honor of welcoming the crowd and introducing Senator Debbie Stabenow. Senator Stabenow has strong ties to Michigan State, and she was instrumental in the writing of the farm bill.


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It is so great to be home! - Senator Stabenow, #MSU distinguished alumna #MSUObama
— MSU USF Advancement (@SupportSpartans) February 7, 2014

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A Michigan cherry farmer introduced President Obama, who embraced the farmer, posed for a photo op, waved to his family and asked them if they thought he did a good job with his introduction. President Obama greeted the crowd with "Go Green," and received a hearty "Go White!" in response. He then told the crowd that he'd met with men's basketball coach Tom Izzo to do a little NCAA bracket scouting. He also met with football coach Mark Dantonio, congratulated MSU on winning the 2014 Rose Bowl and saying that Spartans are greedy and want to win everything. (We don't see anything wrong with that!)


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The president then got on with his speech, which contained messages related to jobs, agriculture, the economy and the importance of education. He also touched on MSU programs, such as our Student Organic Farm.


President Obama gives props to MSu for training workers to fill jobs. #MSUObama
— MSU USF Advancement (@SupportSpartans) February 7, 2014

We need to guarantee access to education for all. - President Barack Obama #MSUObama
— MSU USF Advancement (@SupportSpartans) February 7, 2014

"The farm bill lifts up our rural communities." #MSUObama pic.twitter.com/RI2cEE0eu5
— MSU USF Advancement (@SupportSpartans) February 7, 2014

"Some [MSU] students are raising piglets on an organic farm...When I was in college I lived in a pigsty but I didn't work in one." #MSUObama
— MSU USF Advancement (@SupportSpartans) February 7, 2014

This farm bill helps rural students - they won't have to leave home after graduation I order to make a living. #MSUObama
— MSU USF Advancement (@SupportSpartans) February 7, 2014

"When Michelle's happy...I'm happy." #MSUObama talking about supporting local food movements. (Us too!)
— MSU USF Advancement (@SupportSpartans) February 7, 2014

"There're not looking for a handout. They're looking for a hand up." #MSUObama
— MSU USF Advancement (@SupportSpartans) February 7, 2014

"We have more work to do... Let's keep this momentum going." #MSUObama
— MSU USF Advancement (@SupportSpartans) February 7, 2014

This was a historical moment on campus, one not lost on those covering it. Even the reporters were taking selfies with President Obama in the background.


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View our full photo album from President Barack Obama's visit to Michigan State University on Flickr: http://t.co/ytTwbQcVs8 #MSUObama
— MSU USF Advancement (@SupportSpartans) February 7, 2014
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