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Obama not the first president to visit Chattanooga

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Chattanooga is no strange place to a handful of former United States Presidents.

On the heels of the announcement that President Obama is set to visit the Scenic City next week, Channel 3 discovered that Chattanooga is a popular destination for former presidents.

At least five former presidents have visited Chattanooga dating all the way back to 1940. In 1987 President Ronald Reagan visited Chattanooga to speak to local high school graduates.

Afterwards President Reagan had lunch with a few graduates and area high school seniors at what is now UTC McKenzie Arena.

Former President George W. Bush visited Chattanooga in 2007 to discuss his healthcare agenda. President Bush visited Erlanger Medical Center and even ate at Porker's BBQ on Market Street.

His father, former President George H. W. Bush visited Chattanooga in 1992 to campaign for re-election where he made a quick stop and speech at Lovell Field.

Former President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Chattanooga in 1964 to make yet another pit stop during his presidential campaign.

Before President Johnson came to town, the last known president to visit Chattanooga was President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940 when he made an address at the Chickamauga Dam Celebration.  

President Obama is expected to be in Chattanooga Tuesday, July 30 to tour the Amazon fulfillment center to promote middle class jobs.

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