On Friday, President Barack Obama will become the first President in thirteen years to visit the Broome County region. He will be following in the footsteps of many of his predecessors.
YNN's Melissa Kakareka takes a look back at some of the previous presidential visits to Broome County.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- President Barack Obama is not the first U.S. president to visit the Broome County region.
“We've had some major political figures who have made stops here because Binghamton during all those years was a major industrial hub," said Broome County Historian Gerald Smith.
Presidents Millard Fillmore, Ulysses S. Grant, and Theodore Roosevelt are among the first known Presidents to visit the region.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt also made two trips in the 1930s, including a visit to the Christ Episcopal Church in Binghamton and a tour of damage from the 1935 flood.
"Driving his own open car, I'm sure they wouldn't allow a President to do that now. We've got a great shot of FDR in his car with George F. Johnson of Endicott-Johnson standing on the running board," said Smith.
The region's biggest Presidential visit came in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan toured IBM in Endicott and spoke to tens of thousands of people at Tycobb Stadium at Union Endicott High School.
Senator Tom Libous said his business printed the tickets for the event. He also remembers standing very close to President Reagan.
Senator Libous said, "That was just a thrill enough to meet and say I was that close to Ronald Reagan, who is one of my political heroes."
Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan said he was the only person to sneak a protest sign into Tycobb Stadium.
"The Secret Service tried to take it away from me, and I said, I'll be glad to sue you for violation of my right to free speech," said Mayor Ryan. "And they huddled and then walked away."
While President George W. Bush never visited the region as a sitting president, he rode in the Binghamton Saint Patrick's Day Parade while campaigning for the 2000 election.
A few months later, sitting President Bill Clinton spoke at the Fountains Pavilion in Johnson City for his wife's Senate Campaign in 2000. Clinton also returned to the region a few years later to campaign for Congressman Maurice Hinchey.
"That was very exciting. I was right on the stage with him, met him, had my picture taken with him," said Mayor Ryan.
But even with such a rich Presidential history in the region, experts say President Barack Obama's visit will standout.
"It's been 13 years since we've had a sitting president come to this area. The President is coming on a bus, which I think is a first. First president to come to the Binghamton University campus. So I think it's going to rank very high on our list of major figures who have come through this area," said Smith.