It wasn’t a stop to Nick Tahou’s for the famous Rochester garbage plate, or to Dinosaur BBQ, but President Obama did make a stop in Rochester today to the trendy Park Avenue area.
Obama this afternoon was having lunch at Magnolia’s Deli & Cafe with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, as well as recent college graduates, teachers and students from the University of Rochester, according to the White House pool report.
Obama’s scheduled trip was to Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton tomorrow. It was widely speculated that he would stop in Rochester—which is upstate’s third largest city and between Buffalo and Syracuse off the Thruway.
Sen. Charles Schumer said in a statement that he urged Obama to stop in Rochester.
“I’m glad he heeded my advice to visit Rochester, which I told him is a prime example of a community that is effectively employing its higher education institutions to reinvent and grow its economy with new high-tech jobs and advanced manufacturing,” Schumer said in a statement.
The Democrat and Chronicle reported that lawyer Paul MacAuley, 66, of Rochester, was finishing his cheesecake and stood to shake Obama’s hand.
“I said, ‘Where’s Michelle?”
“Michelle couldn’t come,” the president responded. “She’s got too many things going on, including a new dog”
Obama also stopped to pose for a picture with 11-year-old Rubi Platt who is in town visiting from Orange County, Calif.
“It was really, really, really cool,” she said of meeting Obama.