President Barack Obama's energy policies often have been at odds with those of the oil industry and Cushing. Still, the president's visit has strong support here.
“We're going to welcome him with open arms and host him as we should and with all due respect,” said Kris Kenzie, owner of the Steer Inn restaurant.
“Maybe we'll be fortunate enough that he'll have positive things to say about energy policy. Maybe we can influence him to change his thoughts on the Keystone XL pipeline. Regardless, we're going to welcome him and respect his position, regardless of political affiliation and energy views.”
The president last month blocked the proposed TransCanada Key
“I'm anxious to hear what he says about his energy policy,” said Brent Thompson, executive director of the Cushing Chamber of Commerce. “We hope that he will be supportive of what we're doing here and will be supportive of continuing to develop our pipeline infrastructure so that we can get oil to here and out of here efficiently.”