Obama still needs to visit Wichita

In his speech Tuesday in Osawatomie, President Obama mentioned that his mom was born in Wichita, her mother grew up in Augusta and her father was from El Dorado. “So my Kansas roots run deep,” he said. But it’s too bad Obama came to Kansas for an economic speech without giving more than lip service to this part of the state, which has suffered so deeply from aviation layoffs — a problem arguably aggravated by his serial criticisms of corporate jet owners. Before the speech, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, put out a statement reminding the president that Wichita was just 30 minutes away from Osawatomie by airplane: “Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and I have, repeatedly, asked the president to come to Kansas to see the world’s best aviation workforce.”