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President Obama: US Will Have the Most College Grads

President Obama: US Will Have the Most College Grads

Associated Press/AP Online

September 21, 2009

President Barack Obama says that by 2020 America will again have the world’s highest proportion of college graduates.

The president said Monday that a recent increase in Pell Grants will help the nation reach that goal.

Obama traveled to Troy, N.Y., on Monday to discuss programs he says help spur innovation and transform the U.S. economy. He then moves on to New York City, where he will become the first sitting U.S. president to appear on David Letterman’s “Late Show” couch – another example of a White House strategy designed to put Obama in front of as many cameras as possible to sell his message to a skeptical public.

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“He’s been on everything but the Food Channel,” joked Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

Embattled New York Gov. David Paterson was the first to greet Obama as he walked off Air Force One into the epicenter of a dispute over the New York governor’s race. The two men shook hands after Obama arrived Monday. The president leaned over to make a brief comment to Paterson

Obama’s visit to a college near Albany comes a day after Washington Democrats sent a message to Paterson to drop out of the 2010 race. Obama’s aides insist the president isn’t interfering with New York politics.