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Crowd Reacts To President Obama's Speech

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - President Obama arrived in Lansing earlier Friday and signed the Agriculture Act of 2014. He spoke on details of his new "Made in Rural America" plan will help American farmers and rural businesses boost their exports.

Those in the crowd included farmers, people from MSU and state politicians. An honored guest chosen to introduce the president was Ben Lacrosse, a Michigan cherry farmer.

"It's sort of surreal. You never dream that you'd get the chance to say something like that," he said, remembering as he shook hands with Obama.

Lacrosse worked closely with Senator Debbie Stabenow on the farm bill and says "this is a really unique opportunity to start the process and be able to participate in the bill signing."

Lacrosse's son also got to meet the president and says he was a little star-struck when introduced. "He said, 'what's your name' and I said, 'what?' He said it again and I said 'Keaton.'"

It was more than just farmers tuned into Obama's speech. MSU Senior Tyler Clifford got to shake his hand and says he'll carry that with him forever. "It was special. I felt it go through me almost."

The president also gave a shout out to MSU athletics, pointing to the success of the Spartan football and basketball teams. He also met with Coach Dantonio and Izzo before his speech.

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