The photo on the right shows Hagan enthusiastically greeting Mr. Obama during a previous visit to her state.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said Monday the senator won't be at the president's event on the North Carolina State University campus because she'll be in Washington as the Senate meets this week.
Republicans seeking to unseat Hagan in November are sure to point out her expected absence.
The Greensboro lawmaker has been attempting to thread the needle politically by supporting the president while criticizing the administration on the health care law rollout.
Ms. Hagan is in trouble as she trails all Republican challengers in her bid for reelection in November.
It is no wonder she will stay in Washington when the president visits her state.