After visiting all the other states, Obama plans trip to South Dakota


President Barack Obama has visited 49 of the 50 states during the six years he's been in office, and he's just announced plans to visit the last one on his list – South Dakota.

Obama plans to deliver the commencement address at a South Dakota community college next month.

Amid some speculation over when he'd finally visit the state, Obama used a White House interview on Monday with a reporter from KSFY, a TV station in Sioux Falls, to break the news himself.

"I can't let my South Dakota friends feel neglected," Obama said, adding with a smile, "I think by May 8th, finally there should be spring in South Dakota."

Obama will travel to Watertown, in the state's northeastern corner, to deliver the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute on May 8.

Obama has made technical and vocational education one of the focal points of his administration, according to the Associated Press.

The White House says Lake Area Tech is one of the nation's best community colleges and has a two-year graduation rate that is more than twice the national average.

Obama had visited 46 of the 50 states by the end of 2015. Besides South Dakota, he had not made it to Idaho, South Carolina or Utah, the Associated Press notes.

Obama made appearances in Idaho and South Carolina early in the year, and he stopped in Utah this month.

The president has visited Minnesota several times since he was elected, the most recent of which was in June of last year when he spent two days in the state.

He talked about flood recovery efforts and economic issues, and also made stops at several popular spots including Matt's Bar and the Grand Ole Creamery.

According to the White House Historical Association, Obama will be only the fourth president to have stepped foot in every state.

Richard Nixon was first, followed by George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Ronald Reagan fell four states short of the goal.

George W. Bush was very close; he visited 49 states but never made it to Vermont, according to the AP.

Obama did visit South Dakota previously, in 2008 when he was campaigning for president.

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