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Obama’s quick visit to Utah, remembered

President Obama discusses solar energy at the Hill Air Force Base on April 3, 2015.
President Obama discusses solar energy at the Hill Air Force Base on April 3, 2015.
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President Barack Obama didn’t want to leave the White House having not visited Utah.

Back in April 2015, Obama visited the Beehive State, speaking at Hill Air Force Base on solar power and economy, according to the Deseret News. Gov. Gary Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox both greeted Obama when he first arrived in the state.

He spent the night at the Sheraton Hotel in Salt Lake City, where a packed crowd of Utahns waved and cheered for the standing president, according to the Deseret News.

Obama met with leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency, and Elder L. Tom Perry and Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Church President Thomas S. Monson did not attend.

Obama and church leaders reportedly discussed the church’s charge to provide service on disaster and humanitarian issues, as well as its focus on immigrants.

Obama didn’t spend a long time in Utah, just 15 hours. On Friday morning of his stay, he hosted a roundtable discussion with public officials, veterans and everyday Utahns about solar energy.

He said he plans to come back, though, the Deseret News reported.

"I'm going to make sure that I come back next time where I don’t have to do so much work and I can visit some of these amazing national parks here, and have a chance to visit with some of the wonderful people here in the great state of Utah."

You can watch Obama’s full speech on solar energy below: