Fresh off the first presidential debate of the campaign season, President Barack Obama made a stop in Madison on Oct. 4, speaking to an estimated crowd of 30,000 that packed the university’s Bascom Hill. His opening words? “Hello, Madison! Go, Badgers!”
The event marked the third visit to the UW campus by a sitting president: previously, President Obama spoke on Library Mall on Sept. 28, 2010, and President Harry Truman visited the university way back in May 1950. Obama also came to town in 2008, appearing at the Kohl Center while running for his first term in the White House.
The campus’s iconic hill was abuzz starting earlier in the week, as campaign and university officials worked out logistics for spectators hoping to catch a glimpse of the president.
Words by Cindy Foss
At left, lines for the main entry gate to Bascom Hill began forming in the early morning hours and eventually wound along Observatory Drive to the far west side of campus.