Accompanied by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and welcomed by Lt. Governor Brad Little, President Barack Obama arrived in Boise Wednesday afternoon to visit a Boise State University engineering lab and speak to a standing-room-only crowd at BSU. Obama reiterated a number of themes outlined less than 24 hours before during his State of the Union address. The President also joked about the cold weather greeting him in Idaho’s State capital, and Idaho’s conservative political landscape, referring to Boise State University’s football field as the “only blue turf” in Idaho.
The crowd of roughly 5,000 greeted the President warmly during his speech, historic for Idaho since this is Obama’s first — and likely only — visit as a sitting president.
The President also met with Naghmeh Abedini and her two children to discuss her husband, Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is imprisoned in Iran.