Tonawanda News — President Barack Obama will roll through Western New York next week, continuing a recent effort to address the nation’s sluggish economy, the White House said.
Obama will embark on a two-day bus tour through upstate New York and western Pennsylvania Aug. 22 and 23. He is scheduled to stop in Buffalo on the first day of the tour.
In recent weeks, the president has sought to shift the national conversation back to economic issues after a string of incidents and legislative fights over gun control and immigration reform overtook the discourse on an issue polls still indicate is top of mind for many voters.
Obama has planned eight speeches, all on economic affairs, beginning last month and continuing through August — an attempt to retake the national conversation in what is typically a slow time in national politics while Congress stands in recess and most lawmakers return to their districts to confer with constituents on local issues.
Though Congress isn’t in Washington right now, it’s likely a brief lull in what’s been a contentious debate. When lawmakers return they face looming fights over the federal budget and raising the nation’s borrowing capacity, both of which threaten to grind the federal government to a halt if not resolved.
Obama has already made stops on his economic tour at Knox College in Illinois and at a massive Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Details on the time and location of Obama’s visit have not been released by the White House yet, nor has information on how those who would like to see the president in person can do so.
Obama made his only other visit to Western New York as president in May 2010, when he visited a factory in Buffalo to tout his economic agenda. While here last time he made an unscheduled stop at Duff’s in Cheektowaga to buy some wings.