Obama Says he’s Glad Iowa Opens Season in Chicago

Sports

April 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – College football season is still more than four months away, but Barack Obama is drawing applause just for mentioning Iowa’s opening game. During his stop in Iowa City on Wednesday, Obama told University of Iowa students he’s glad the Hawkeyes open play at Soldier Field in his hometown of Chicago against Northern Illinois on Sept. 1.  Obama says Iowa has shown him great hospitality during his political career, and he hopes Chicago returns the favor to Iowa players and thousands of fans who are expected to attend. Iowa rarely plays at neutral sites. Obama made the remark at the beginning of his 30-minute speech at the Field House.