There was a lot of love and a small but very potent showing of hate when President Barack Obama touched down in Oklahoma last night. As his motorcade rode through downtown Oklahoma City, dozens of fans alongside the street to see the president were flanked by about 10 protesters brandishing the controversial Confederate flag. One fan in the crowd was, in turn, waving the U.S. flag, but clearly tensions over the Confederate flag are still quite high a week after its removal from the South Carolina Capitol.
The POTUS is in Oklahoma for a two-day tour of the state, whereupon he'll visit the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution as part of his campaign to overhaul the criminal justice system. Earlier this week Obama commuted 46 non-violent drug sentences to demonstrate his seriousness. Today will mark the first time a sitting president visited a federal prison.