No official state welcome planned for President Obama's visit to Oklahoma - Article Photos 2/78

Residents and businesses of Cushing are preparing for the arrival of President Barack Obama this week. The president will make a brief stop at a TransCanada Corp. pipe yard northwest of town, as part of a four-state tour to promote the administration's energy policy. Ruth Ann Johnson, 73, who served 50 years as the town's librarian, said the Payne County community of 8,000 will welcome President Obama on his first visit to Oklahoma after being elected in 2008. Ruth stands in front of historic buildings on Broadway in downtown Cushing Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman