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Obama could give commencement speech at WA high school

Bridgeport High School was selected as one of three finalists in a national competition to have President Obama give the commencement speech.

The White House has a competition for what it calls the Race to the Top School Commencement Challenge, and schools from all over the country enter for the chance to get Obama as their graduation speaker. Bridgeport made the short list, along with a school in San Diego and one in Memphis. Winner to be announced later this week.

For those unfamiliar with Eastern Washington geography, Bridgeport is in Douglas County, near Chief Joseph Dam, down the road from Brewster

Interesting logistical question, though: It's pretty easy to land Air Force One in San Diego and Memphis. Where would they put a 747 down in Bridgeport? Closest big runway is probably in Moses Lake, at Grant County Airport, formerly Larson Air Force Base, which is pretty accustomed to jumbo jets taking off and landing.

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