Possibly, according to Sen. Charles Schumer’s office.
New York’s senior senator has reached out to top White House officials as recently as Tuesday about having President Barack Obama potentially making a stop in Rochester during his bus tour through upstate New York this week.
While a Schumer spokesperson said the overtures have been “well received” by the White House, nothing has been made official. Another longtime federal lawmaker, Rep. Louise Slaughter of Fairport, said Wednesday she doesn’t believe Obama is making a Rochester stop.
A Rochester visit could work from a logistical standpoint.
Obama’s first appearance Thursday is at the University at Buffalo, with his speech scheduled for 11:15 a.m. He’s not slated to speak again until 6 p.m., when he will appear at Henninger High School in Syracuse. It’s about a 2 hour and 15 minute drive between the two locations, with Rochester in between.
The state Thruway Authority earlier Wednesday warned motorists to expect delays along the Thruway between Buffalo and Syracuse on Thursday and Friday. While a Thruway news release said Obama is “expected to visit the Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse areas,” the authority later said it wasn’t meant to suggest Obama is stopping in Rochester.
Obama has been known to make impromptu appearances at local hotspots as he travels the country. During a 2010 stop in Buffalo, Obama stopped at Duff’s Restaurant, a famed chicken-wing joint, where one patron called him a “hottie with a smokin’ little body.”
(Democrat and Chronicle file photo)