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WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama will speak at the Hyde Park Academy on Friday, returning home to push his second-term economic agenda and curbs on gun violence just a few blocks from his Kenwood home--and not far from where 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was gunned down on Jan. 29.
Obama makes the afternoon trip at the school, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., as the last of a three-city swing to bolster the plans he discussed in his Tuesday night State of the Union Address. Today Obama is in Asheville, N.C. and tomorrow he is in the Atlanta area.
On Friday, White House senior officials have said Obama wants to talk about the "ladders of opportunity" programs outlined in his State of the Union Address. But the overwhelming interest in Chicago is what he will say about gun violence.
Obama took note of the Pendleton murder in his Tuesday address when he said she was killed about a mile from his home. Her parents, Cleopatra and Nate, watched as Obama spoke, sitting next to First Lady Michelle.
Said Obama in his speech, "Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house."
Obama made his last major appearence in his neighborhood when he spoke at an election rally the University of Chicago on the Midway before the November, 2010 mid-term election.
According to the White House, Obama is scheduled to return to Washington after the event.