President Barack Obama’s plane landed at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2010. His first stop was to meet with ten family members of the victims of Flight 3407 who died last year when their plane crashed into a western New York home. Family members have been asking Washington for airline safety improvements on regional carriers such as Continental Connection Flight 3407.
The meeting lasted about 15 minutes. There were no media present nor politicians. The President spoke to each family member and promised he would work for a solution. One family member said “The president said, I pledge my support for this issue.”
President Obama then made a surprise stop at Duff’s Restaurant on Dick Road which is famous for its chicken wings. “Wings” the president said. “This is the wing capital.” A fellow patron, Luann Haley, stated: He’s a hottie with a smokin’ little body. Luann has turned down an offer to interview on a morning show to tell of her meeting with the President.
From Duff’s, the President visited Buffalo’s Industrial Support, Inc., bringing a message of support for western New York’s small business owners. More than 200 people were present at the factory, including Byron Brown, Mayor of Buffalo, New York. The state of the economy was the topic of his message. He said: I can say this beyond a shadow of a doubt. Today, we are heading in the right direction. Last month, we gained 290,000 jobs – the largest increase in four years and the fourth month in a row that we’ve added jobs.
So far, the Recovery Act has supported over 63,000 loans to small businesses – more than $26 billion in new lending. As a part of health reform, 4 million small businesses may be eligible for a health care tax cut this year which will provide welcome relief to small business owners who often have to choose between health care and hiring.
President Obama left Buffalo late Thursday afternoon, ending his first visit to the Queen City since he took office.
The most recent visit to Buffalo of a President occurred in 2004 when George Bush came to Buffalo to speak about the controversial Patriot Act. President Bill Clinton came to Buffalo in 1999 with Vice President Al Gore and their wives to discuss health care and the economy.