Why President Obama is Coming to Buffalo

September 27, 2013 Updated May 6, 2010 at 11:29 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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September 27, 2013 Updated May 6, 2010 at 11:29 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -- When President Barack Obama brings his "White House to Main Street Tour" to Buffalo next week, he will most likely highlight Buffalo's recent successes in digging out of the latest recession.

"Why Buffalo?" said Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo). "Why not Buffalo?"

Western New York has weathered the recession a little better than the rest of the country -- the area's unemployment rate is about one point lower than the national average.

"There are lessons to be learned from our experiences here in Buffalo," said Higgins.

The President is expected to meet with local business and political leaders and perhaps tour a local business that is creating jobs.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is working with the White House to help create the President's itinerary.

The President's visit is scheduled for Thursday, May 13 and is the first Presidential visit since George W. Bush came to town six years ago.

Local Tea Party activists tell Eyewitness News they are planning a massive protest and demonstration during the President's visit.