Reports Indicate Obama Visit To Buffalo, NY Not Open To Public
Obama's White House to Main Street Tour Not Open To Public
According to reports by WBEN's Dave Debo and Jerry Zremski News Washington Bureau Chief, President Obama's White House to Main Street Tour will not be open to the general public when he arrives in Buffalo, NY on Thursday, May 13th. The announcement contradicts earlier reports surrounding Obama's visit to Buffalo.
Early announcements of the visit said that the President would " meet families, workers, businesses and entire communities that stand ready to help lead America’s economic recovery", according to a statement from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Buffalo Visit Includes One Factory Tour
The President will visit Industrial Support, Inc. (ISI), a contract manufacturing company focusing on metal fabrication, metal stamping, welding/brazing, and contract electronic assembly.
An official White House announcement of the President's schedule released Tuesday morning says that the President will "tour the facilities of Industrial Support Inc., a manufacturing services company, and then have a conversation with workers about the economy. "
According to Debo's report, The arrival and departure are not public, nor are his remarks with the workers.
White House Officials Could Not Be Reached For Comment
[B]ut Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, stressed the schedule is still flexible and that one or two events could be added.
"I suspect that there will be one or two venues added late for logistical and security reasons," said Higgins, who has been speaking with White House officials about the visit.
Will WNYers Be Disappointed?
At other stops on his "White House to Main St.," tour the president has typically hosted a large scale public meeting, of the kind held here by Presidents George Bush in 2004, and Bill Clinton in 1999.
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