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Monday, March 1, 2010 - 12:37pm

Obama Visit By Invitation Only

Updated: 4 years ago.
Then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama speaks at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J, November 6, 2005. (Photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/sis/ / CC BY 2.0)

Savannah is preparing to welcome President Barack Obama Tuesday.

But he won't be meeting with the general public

The President is scheduled to speak at Savannah Technical College.

He's expected to highlight programs to boost the economy and create jobs.

But the event is invitation-only and it's very unclear who's being invited.

Some business and political leaders have confirmed they'll be there.

That leaves residents like Karen Grainey standing on the outside.

A local environmental activist, Grainey is planning a demonstration against the President's nuclear policies.

"I would have loved if he were able to pull off a more public event, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen and that's too bad," Grainey says.

The school has cancelled some classes. The atmosphere is described as excited.

"We're taking lots of calls," says Gail Eubanks, a spokeswoman for the college. "It's an honor to be selected."

Eubanks declined to give further details about the President's visit.

"I know that the auditorium is set for 250 people," Eubanks said. "And that's all I can say about that."

Many details aren't being released for security purposes.

The White House has scheduled a briefing to answer questions from reporters late Monday.

The contents of that briefing, however, have been embargoed until 6am Tuesday morning.

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