Northern Michigan Preps For President Obama’s Visit

There will be plenty of extra security in place, Thursday, as President Barack Obama visits Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Officers from local law enforcement, area prisons and others will work hand-in-hand with the president’s security detail during his visit to  Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

Detroit native Oliver Burns is part of the emergency response team at the Marquette Branch Prison. He says they’ve been called to help with security.

“Typically we get called in to help out with various things for the police department — search and rescue, and sometimes security. This is our second time actually being deployed to support security for a sitting President,” Burns said.

“We have to deal with crowd control, because obviously people want to see the President. And some stuff I can’t talk about, because it’s a security issue,” he said.

In his State of the Union Address, Obama called for a National Wireless Initiative to help businesses extend the next generation of wireless coverage to 98 percent of the population.  White House officials say the next-generation wireless network in Marquette is an effective demonstration of how Obama’s proposal to open up airwaves will spark new innovation, put people back to work, grow the economy and help America, in the words of the speech, “win the future.”

The President is expected to outline his wireless network initiative during Thursday’s visit.

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