posted on May 13, 2010 18:37
President Leaves Western New York
President Obama left Buffalo at 3:55pm. He was in Western New York for almost three and a half hours.
The President of the United States touched down in Western New York only a few minutes behind schedule this afternoon. Air Force One landed at Buffalo Niagara International Airport from the west, passing directly over the crowd that had assembled on the East Side near Williams Street hoping to get a glimpse of the Presidential motorcade later on.
The President met briefly with the families of victims from Flight 3407, the Colgan Air communter plane that crashed in Clarence Center in February of 2009. The President expressed his condolances and pledged support for legislation that would improve pilot training on commuter aircraft. It is believed that the inexperience of the pilot and co-pilot of the doomed flight may have been a factor in the crash.
During a suprise stop along the route from the airport to Industrail Support center, the President went to Duff's Restaurant on Dick Rd. in Depew for a lunch to go. The President ordered 10 chicken wings: five medium and five crispy. He paid for the wings with his own money and left with his lunch in a brown paper bag. He posed for pictures with the restaurant employees and patrons.
Mr. Obama arrived at Industrial Support around 1:45pm and took a tour of the facility as the crowd of 300 awaited for his address in another part of the plant.
The President spoke for about 45 minutes taking several questions from the audience that included invited guests and employees of Industrial Support. The event was not open to the general public.
WBTA's Geoff Redick will post a story on what the President had to say later this afternoon.