AUBURN, N.Y. -- Among the visitors hoping to catch up with the President at the Harriet Tubman Home were State Senator John DeFrancisco and Assemblyman Gary Finch.
Both Republicans were particularly incensed that the President did not make a stop at the historic site after spending the night so close the property.
"I was all excited myself. The face that a place of historical significance. A President who benefited by her work was going to be staying in Auburn, there was no question in my mind that he would be here. And to not be here is incredible," said DeFrancisco.
"An Afro-American woman, a hero, rescued hundreds of slaves and brought them north. Somehow, the first Afro-American president can't recognize this? Believe me, all of us are very sad. The President, quite frankly, owes this city an apology," Finch said.
Finch said the missed visit was a bullet to the effort to turn the site into a national park.