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Obama back at NoVaCoCo, wants college credit

President Obama talks with students and faculty while touring the General Auto Lab at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria on Wednesday. He later asked whether anyone knew how to soup up a bulletproof two-ton limo. (By Pete Souza/The White House)

Obama also signed a bill on the Alexandria campus in March, and he held a town hall meeting on the Annandale campus in April. “It is great to be back at NoVa,” the president said Wednesday. “I come here often enough that I think I should be getting some credits.” He also noted that he had a connection to the school through Vice President Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, who teaches at the college, and that the vice president “owes me big time.”

But other than the proximity to the District, why the repeat visits to NoVa? The Post’s Perry Bacon wrote Wednesday that Virginia may again be a swing state for Obama in next year’s election, and that he is “looking to show that he has a vision for job growth as many Americans are questioning his ability to revive the economy.”

Here is Obama’s speech from the body shop:

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


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