Friday afternoon President Barack Obama was on the way from San Francisco to College Station. There he’ll speak Friday evening at a presidential forum at Texas A&M University.
Mr. Obama attended a fundraiser Thursday night in San Francisco and then spent the night there.
He speaks Friday evening at the invitation-only forum hosted by former President George H. W. Bush marking the 20th anniversary of Bush’s Points of Light program.
A crowd of protesters is gathering on the A&M campus.
As President Barack Obama's staff and Texas A&M University make final preparations for Friday's visit, protesters are also finalizing their plans. Spence Park has been set aside as the location for visitors who don't have invitations but want to be on campus for the Points of Light event, KWTX reports.
It was also reported, Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush will meet to celebrate two decades of work from the Points of Light Institute, which was founded with Bush's encouragement in 1990 to "encourage and empower the spirit of service," according to the group's Web site.
The Institute takes its name from Bush's 1989 inaugural address, where he referenced "a thousand points of light ... all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the nation, doing good."
Obama latched onto the theme during last year's presidential campaign. He signed a measure in April designed to strengthen national community service efforts by boosting federal funding for thousands of volunteers in fields ranging from clean energy to health care and education, CNN reports.
In the meantime, it's always a big deal when two US presidents get together on the same stage - especially when one is named Bush, the other Obama, and the stage is in Texas.
After a heated late summer full of rowdy town halls and conservative "tea party" protests around the country, targeting President Obama and his policies, President Bush is taking steps to make sure the event tonight goes off without a hitch (i.e. no one stands up and calls President Obama a socialist).
In an open letter to the campus community posted online earlier this week, President Bush said, "This is not about politics. This is about the importance of service to our communities and our country."
He went on to say that he "cannot wait for President Obama to experience the open, decent and welcoming Aggie Spirit for himself."
There are some conservative student protests expected to take place outside the event hall this evening, ABC News reports.
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