There Won’t Be Much of a Chance for the Public to See Obama in Utah This Week

Even though President Obama is coming to Utah this week, don't expect many chances to see him in the flesh.

According to the president's schedule released by the White House, Mr. Obama will fly into Hill Air Force base on Thursday afternoon and depart Friday morning. During that time, the only event listed on his schedule is a prepared speech about the economy which will also take place at Hill. None of the events are open to the public.

There is no word on where the president will be staying while in Utah, which is not surprising given the security surrounding his event. 

It's also not surprising that Obama is not holding any public events given the hostility toward him from many Utahns. According to a Gallup survey, only 27% of Utahns approve of the job he's doing. That number was echoed in a YouGov poll from last October that showed Obama had a net-approval rating in Utah of below 60%.

Obama visited Utah in August of 2007 for a fundraiser and meeting with Utah Democratic Party leaders. He did make a short public stop attended by about 500 people during that visit.

Mr. Obama is the first sitting president to visit Utah since George W. Bush came for a fundraiser in Park City and Salt Lake City in May of 2008.