BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Before leaving office, President Barack Obama will make his first presidential visit to Baton Rouge, where everyone from chefs to students await him.
McKinley High Principal Herman Brister Jr. addressed some of the students Tuesday telling them about the historic presidential visit on Thursday.
"The president of the United States is coming to McKinley. That's not something that every school, every student can say," Brister told the students.
"To be honest, I don't know why they chose McKinley. We just received a phone call that they wanted to be here. It is fitting because McKinley High School is the oldest African-American high school in Louisiana," said Brister.
Brister said, at first, he did not believe the news.
"It's not about political affiliation. That is the highest office in the land. The office of the president is the face of the United States and with that being said and him making it a point to come to McKinley, is just an honor," said Brister.
Given the history of McKinley, teachers like Amanda Whiten are hoping they can somehow be a part of the speech.
"I'm a 1967 graduate of McKinley. This is a historical event," said Whiten. "I'm almost in tears because our president is coming here. It's the first black president. This is the first black school, colored school."
"We wanted to give a piece of us to Obama so he has something to remember us by," said McKinley junior Jerimiah Johnson.
Johnson used every hour for a week in his art class to draw a painting of the president.
"This side, we have blue for Democrats. This side, we have the red for Republicans and we have a McKinley logo right here on the tie," described Johnson.
If he's able to actually see the president, Johnson said his first words to him would be, "Wow, that's the president."
Random students from McKinley High will be selected to sit-in on the president's speech. After he's done, a famous local diner will provide lunch.
"She asked me would I like to prepare some food for the president coming to give his speech at McKinley High and after I picked myself off the floor, I said, 'Absolutely, I would love to,'" said Louie's Cafe owner Jimmy Wetherford.
Wetherford said it's an honor to be able to be to cook for the president. After all, Louie's is the second oldest continuously operating restaurant in the Capital City.
So what's on the presidential menu?
"We're going to give him the full spread. We're going to have all the hash brown with cheese and grits and omelette," said Wetherford. "Homemade biscuits and sausage gravy and fruit salad and all the works."
So be it with the Bayou State's crawfish delicacy or his own painting, many await the nation's 44th president in just days.