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Seven years into his term as president, Barack Obama is finally visiting South Dakota — the last of the 50 states to host him.
Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown announced that Obama would deliver the spring commencement address May 8. The college's president, Mike Cartney, said he was "overwhelmed and speechless" when the White House called with the news.
"I cannot even begin to explain the feeling," Cartney said. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime phone call."
Obama's absence from South Dakota became a sore spot for the state when comedian John Oliver did a segment on the omission of his HBO show "Last Week Tonight" on April 5 (as you would expect from John Oliver, some of the language is decidedly not safe for work):
"Come on, Mr. President, for crying out loud — you've been to Montana!" a narrator irately notes in a mock public service ad urging Obama to stop by.
— M. Alex Johnson