For the first time in more than six years, a sitting U.S. President will be making a stop in Buffalo.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has confirmed that President Barack Obama will be visiting Buffalo on Thursday, May 13. The tour is part of Obama's Main Street Tour. Exact details of where Obama will visit and how long he will be in Buffalo are still being worked out, officials said.
"I'm proud President Obama is coming to Western New York," Gillibrand said in a prepared statement. "This shows his strong commitment to the region. It is something I advocated for because I believe Western New York can play a leading role in America's economic recovery. When President Obama comes next week, he will meet families, workers, businesses and entire communities that stand ready to help lead America's economic recovery. From a world-class manufacturing tradition to cutting edge businesses and universities, to people who know the true meaning of hard work, Western New York can help lead America's economic recovery."
The last sitting president to visit Buffalo was President George W. Bush who made a brief stop at Kleinhans Music Hall in April 2004.
Former President Bill Clinton made several stops in Buffalo, both when he was in the White House and in the years since then.
Other presidents to make stops in Buffalo included ones by President Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter.