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Obama visits Arizona: Desert Vista HS prepares for president

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Air Force One will touch down at Sky Harbor International Airport on Tuesday and President Barack Obama will head to Desert Vista High School in Ahwatukee.

"You already have nerves for the first day of school and the fact that on the second day of school Obama is coming. It's just like a crazy feeling," said Desert Vista senior class president Rachel Clark.

The White House chose Phoenix to serve as the backdrop for a speech on housing and finance. Clark told CBS 5 News that it's a topic that hits close to home for many of her classmates.

"I think some of us were lucky and very sheltered in that it did not affect us at all. But then the other half, a lot of us had to downsize on our house. Our rent went up and a lot of foreclosures happened.  We all saw that," said Clark.

On Monday morning, there was a line of students outside the gymnasium waiting to get their hands on a ticket. The entire senior class, close to 800 young men and women, are invited to attend. Local politicians and school officials from across the Valley round out the 2,000-person guest list.

School will be in session during the president's visit. Everyone's main goal is to keep things on campus as normal as possible.

"The White House staff has been in and out. They have been so supportive, communicating with us and appropriate staff on campus so we are dancing together," said Desert Vista Principal Dr. Anna Battle.

The president's speech is not open to the public, but CBS 5 News plans to carry it live starting around 1 p.m. 

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