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Businesses, commuters prepare for Obama's visit

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Businesses are preparing for Kansas City's first presidential visit in nearly a year.

Just as he did last September, President Barack Obama will come to Kansas City and focus on domestic issues. Obama is scheduled to talk about the economy during an 11 a.m. address at the Uptown Theater in Midtown, which Democrats often choose as a place to hold local and regional events.

Tensions in Ukraine and Gaza are dominating headlines, but Obama is pivoting to the recovery from the Great Recession.

Many Kansas City area residents want to know what is being done to improve the economy and create more jobs.

Maria Barrera said the area needs more federal funding for road improvements.

"There are still people dealing with the recession here in Kansas City," she said. "It looks like there was a change but it's not local."

Others have questions about the Affordable Care Act.

Commuters are bracing for the detours due to the presidential visit. The Area Transportation Authority says metro buses will be rerouted due to road closures, including the Main Street Max and Troost Max. Wyandotte Avenue between 11th Street and 17th Street is closed with the president spending the night in a downtown hotel.

Businesses along Broadway know customers will have issues reaching them during the presidential visit but welcome the extra attention.

"We're in such a lively area. It's really a blessing to be on Broadway. That way you get to see everything, you get to meet so many different people," said Kansas City resident Mary McQuarters.

Edible Arrangements has pushed their deliveries on Wednesday to their Lenexa branch due to the expected traffic issues. But store representatives are fine with that.

"We're actually really excited about it with it being a new and up-and-coming area," said Nicole Presson of Edible Arrangements. "We just feel that it's going to be great for this area with him coming."

Some businesses are hoping for an unexpected presidential visit such as Kansas City's iconic barbecue joints. Obama has had his visits catered by Oklahoma Joe's in the past.

Gates has named a platter in honor of then President Bill Clinton while George W. Bush frequented KC Masterpiece. Arthur Bryant can brag about Presidents Jimmy Carter and Harry Truman chowing down at the joint.

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