Plans are being finalized for a Presidential visit to Upstate New York. President Obama plans a bus tour through Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton on Thursday and Friday. YNN's Bill Carey says while the President will be speaking in Upstate New York, he's hoping an audience in Washington is listening.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – "Over the past few weeks, I've been visiting with Americans across the country to talk about what we need to do to secure a better bargain for the middle class," President Obama said in a radio address.
President Barack Obama will be back on the road this week, traveling Upstate New York and Northeast Pennsylvania. Part of an ongoing campaign aimed at prodding a republican majority in the House to compromise in a coming budget battle.
"We need to rebuild an economy that rewards hard work and responsibility. An economy built firmly on the cornerstones of middle class life. Good jobs, a good education, a home of your own, a secure retirement and quality, affordable health care that's there when you need it," Obama said
Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton, Scranton. All are cities that have seen industrial jobs wither away. The President will argue the need for federal investments in education to improve job prospects for young people.
"If you're thinking about this as a movie or some kind of visual communication, which of course it is, then having these places as backdrops helps to make that movie more powerful," said Grant Reeher, Syracuse University Maxwell School.
At Syracuse University's Maxwell School, Grant Reeher says the President is able to draw the attention of the public in such public campaigns, but it doesn't guarantee he'll succeed.
Reeher said, "Well, it depends on then his ability to mobilize large sections of the public, interest groups that are important to the system and to, through that process, effectively convince members of Congress that they need to pay attention to that and they need to be more cooperative with what it is he's trying to do."
And then there's Binghamton, where hundreds of anti-fracking protesters plan a display of displeasure with the President's apparent support of the controversial gas drilling procedure.
Reeher says the Binghamton stop now poses the possibility of doing precisely what the White House doesn't want to see done. Steering the message away from the economy and the battle with Congress.
"I think it could be something that, you know, presidents and candidates by extension, if we think about this as an ongoing campaign, presidents going public, it's not what you want to have happen," Reeher said.
The White House hope is for nothing more than a slight bump in the road.
The White House has slowly been putting out details of the President's trip. He's due to speak at the University at Buffalo late on Thursday morning. His next stop is Henninger High School where his address is expected late in the afternoon, probably close to 6 p.m. Friday morning, he is due at a town hall meeting at Binghamton University.
Ticket Distribution Information for Members of the Public (Syracuse):
The event is free and open to the public. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Due to limited event space, the White House will only be able to fulfill a limited number of requests for tickets. Tickets for the general public will be limited to one per person and are not for sale or resale.
Tickets are required and will be available at the following ticket distribution location:
Sunnycrest Ice Rink
698 Robinson Street
Syracuse, N.Y. 13206
Beginning at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013