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Obama getting closer to visiting all 50 states as president

President Barack Obama speaks during the General Session of the 2015 DNC Winter Meeting February 20, 2015 in Washington, DC.

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President Obama plans to get one step closer to visiting all 50 states while in office with a trip to South Carolina this week.

Rep. James Clyburn, D-South Carolina, says Mr. Obama plans to visit Benedict College in Columbia Friday.

The week also highlights the personal racial politics of the first black president's past and future as he plans Friday to make his first return to South Carolina since the 2008 primary campaign in which he and Hillary Rodham Clinton fiercely fought for the state's black voters. Obama's South Carolina event is tied to his 1-year-old My Brother's Keeper initiative aimed at improving the lives of young minority men, expected to be a continuing focus for the president after he leaves office.

Clyburn released a statement about the visit to Columbia in The State newspaper Sunday.

"I'm pleased to welcome President Barack Obama back to South Carolina," Clyburn said in a statement provided to the newspaper. He thanked "the Benedict College family for hosting President Obama's event with students and youth leaders."

The visit would leave just South Dakota and Utah on Obama's bucket list before he leaves office in January 2017.