In the Steps of George Washington: Obama to Deliver Address at Georgetown University June 25

On Tuesday, June 25, President Barack Obama will deliver a major address at Georgetown University to lay out “his vision for a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change and lead global efforts to fight it,” the White House announced.

“This is a serious challenge,” Obama said of climate change in a White House tweet. “But it is one uniquely suited to America’s strengths. We’ll need scientists to design new fuels, farmers to grow them, we’ll need engineers to devise new sources of energy, and businesses to make and sell them. We’ll need workers to build the foundation for a clean energy economy. And we’ll need all of our citizens to do our part to preserve God’s creation for future generations…. ”

For Georgetown University, the president’s appearance at the Old North building in the Dahlgren Quadrangle continues a tradition that goes back to George Washington, some of whose relatives attended Georgetown. In the shadow of historic Healy Hall, Old North is considered the oldest building on the university’s main campus. Presidents Adams, Polk, Lincoln, Grant, Ford and Clinton have also visited Old North. Obama will be the 14th president to do so, while more than half of the 43 U.S. presidents have visited the university.

“We welcome President Obama back to campus to continue this tradition as the 14th president to visit the steps of Old North.” said university president John DeGioia. Obama spoke on energy policy at the university in March 2011

The president’s remarks are scheduled to begin 1:35 p.m. and are closed to the public.

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