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Obama 1st President In Decades To Sleep In RI

President due to arrive at T.F. Green Airport on Thurs. night

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When President Barack Obama overnights in the Providence area this week, it will be the first time in more than 50 years that a sitting president has slept in the nation's smallest state.

Obama is due to arrive at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick on Thursday evening. He plans to speak Friday about the economy at Rhode Island College in Providence.

The White House has not yet said where Obama will stay, or what he'll do during the rest of his visit.

The last president to stay in Rhode Island was President John F. Kennedy. He stayed at Newport's Hammersmith Farm, home of Jacqueline Kennedy's family.

President Dwight Eisenhower also vacationed in Newport, staying in a home at Fort Adams.

Both homes were called "the summer White House."

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