Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his chat with President Barack Obama in Buffalo today focused mainly on the topic of Obama’s two-day bus tour—the high cost of higher education.
Cuomo greeted Obama on the tarmac at Buffalo Niagara International Airport this morning and traveled with him in an armored bus to the University at Buffalo, where Obama gave a 31-minute speech on his plan to bring down college expenses.
“We were speaking about the topic of the day, which is education and the affordability of college education and how much it costs,” Cuomo said in a brief conversation with reporters at the New York State Fair. “We were talking about Buffalo, about the state of New York and the economy in general. So it was a good chat.”
Cuomo is not expected to join Obama at his second speech of the day at Henninger High School in Syracuse this evening, nor is he expected to attend Obama’s appearance near Binghamton tomorrow.
“We always love to have the president here, and this is a vitally important topic,” Cuomo said. “Everyone knows they need a college education. They just don’t know how they’re going to pay for it.”
A reporter quickly made a crack about Cuomo knowing about the cost of education. His twin daughters are slated to attend Harvard and Brown in the fall.
“You’re telling me. I almost couldn’t afford the sausage,” Cuomo said, referring to a traditional Gianelli sausage sandwich he consumed moments before.
(AP photos/Heather Ainsworth)