The White House has confirmed that President Obama will be visiting a Missouri ethanol plant this week. It will mark the first time Obama has visited a working ethanol biorefinery, although he was the guest speaker at the ribbon cutting of the now-bankrupt VeraSun plant in Charles City, Iowa when he was a presidential candidate.
According to the White House, Obama will tour POET Biorefining in Macon, Mo. and “talk to workers about what they are experiencing during these tough economic times and share ideas for rebuilding our economy in the long term.” The president is scheduled to “tour a local farm and visit with the family who operates the farm” in Missouri. The visits are part of what the administration calls the president’s “Main Street Tour,” but neither event will be open to the public. Tickets are being distributed for a speech that evening in Quincy, Ill.