President Obama will pay a visit to Kansas City, Missouri this Thursday. The President's primary stop will be a visit to Smith Electric Vehicles, a company that is in the process of manufacturing some of the first 100% electrically fueled trucks. The Presidents intends to tour the facility, which plans to hire up to 50 additional workers this year.
President Obama will address Smith's workers as part of his economic and eco-friendly policy thrust prior to this November's midterm elections. The Smith facility is an attractive stop, as the trucks manufactured there are the first commercial trucks to meet California's new emission standards, capable of carrying payloads of up to 16,000 pounds and traveling up to 50 miles per hour for over 100 miles without battery recharge. Many expect President Obama to hold these new vehicles in high regard as the potential for achieving greater energy efficiency in the 21st Century.
This trip isn't only about bringing attention and awareness to the good work being done at Smith Electric Vehicles. The President has other events planned for his trip to Kansas City. The President will also be stumping for Missouri's United States Senate Democratic candidate, Robin Carnahan. Carnahan's campaign is rumored to be holding a "grass roots reception" at the Folly Theater in downtown Kansas City at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.
By visiting Smith Electric Vehicles, President Obama will be able to use tax payer money for his trip to Kansas City, rather than charging his travel expenses to Carnahan's campaign. One group is already organizing a "NObama" Protest outside the Folly Theater from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. via Facebook. The protest will be directed at the President's healthcare, financial reform, and cap and trade policies, among other issues.