President Barack Obama arrives in Utah

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Air Force One touched down at Hill Air Force Base Thursday night, marking the first time President Barack Obama has visited Utah since he was elected Commander-in-Chief.

Air Force One was observed landing shortly after 8 p.m., and the president’s motorcade traveled to Salt Lake City Thursday night, where President Obama met with various prominent Utahns. In  a speech at Hill Air Force Base Friday, the president announced a goal to train 75,000 new workers in solar, as well as a new Solar Ready Vets program.

Utah Department of Transportation officials tweeted Wednesday, asking motorists to be on the lookout so they can be ready to pull over and allow the motorcade to pass, and traffic was blocked in various  places along the motorcade's route. President Obama was expected to arrive around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, but he was delayed as he stayed in Washington to oversee the talks regarding Iran’s nuclear plans.

The president stayed at the Sheraton on 500 South in Salt Lake City, and Thursday night he meet with Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Gov. Gary Herbert. Dump trucks and UTA buses formed barricades around the hotel Thursday, click here for details.

POOL photo: President Barack Obama meets with LDS Church leaders on April 2.

POOL photo: President Barack Obama meets with LDS Church leaders on April 2.

Leaders with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with the president during his stay. Topics included immigration and the LDS Church's history of humanitarian aid.

“I know the president also is looking forward to the opportunity that he’ll have to meet with some leaders in the LDS church who are in town for the conference there, so I know the president’s looking forward to that opportunity,” said White House Press Secretary John Earnest in an interview with FOX 13 prior to the meeting. “Obviously, we’ve got Christians all around the world who are celebrating Easter this weekend, and so it’ll be a good time for him to spend a little time with the LDS leadership as well.”

Various state officials were present to greet the president when he landed, including Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee,  Mayor Becker and Gov. Gary Herbert. President Obama was scheduled to depart Utah aboard Air Force One at 11:30 a.m. Friday after his remarks at Hill Air Force Base.

FOX 13 News' Max Roth took a look at the history of presidential visits to Utah, see the video below for details.



    • Suzanne

      You’ve got to be kidding me?!!! Maybe YOU would be homeless. I was better off before he took office! Get real.

      • Hunter

        Aw, you are one of those people who blame every current president in office for you living beyond your means or making poor educational or financial choices. Most people are where they are because they’ve put them self there.

  • Chris

    Is the news going to get Obama and the Mormon Chuch in the same photo. That is what I would like to see. Obama and the Church together, Together for ever. I didn’t see the Church in any of the news backdrops spots.

  • Meg

    Would have been far more interesting to watch the video of his actual time at HAFB instead of a dark life shot of the plane sitting there. Is there anyway you can put the raw video online? I want to see him go down the line especially to see Mike Lee’s response.

  • jlp1997

    SLC, UT
    Pres.Obama, you’re a lawyer; under oath to defend our Constitution.
    And its’ principles.
    Bribery violates our highest most precious principle.

    Bribery violates citizen equality.
    It destroys the principle of impartial /fair government for; we the people.

    Open your mouth. Using great courage, because you with all members of our US Congress; have been tricked into accepting bribes!
    Our US Supreme court violated their oaths.
    They fearing abrupt changes. ruled Corporations spending money on public office is just “Freedom of Speech.”

    You sir know that is a lie.
    You don’t have to be a lawyer to know this truth.

    Corporate Share Holder’s Money, through mission laws, Must Be Justified Spending.
    This Proves Intent.
    Their money can never be spend, at least justified spending,
    under such a ridiculous motive.

    Defend our nation’s government from further corruption of its highest principles.

    Being equal under all laws…………..and we are not at this time my brother.

    Why you and every other lawyer haven’t stated this obvious truth of our reality?
    A science gift from above, is here for our comprehension.
    Our instinct mechanism has been protecting our status quo operations blinding US to the facts.
    Jonathan L. Peterson
    Behavior Research for Humanity llc.
    3670 S. Red Maple Rd.
    Salt Lake City, UT 84106 208-650-1346 ph. (or P.O. Box 802, SLC,UT 84101)

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