Barack Obama

Parents deal with high cost of college

Aug 26, 2013
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With students heading back to college campuses and fresh off the President's bus tour through Buffalo on cutting the cost of higher education, parents are hoping for relief in the future. WBFO's Eileen Buckley has more on families trying to pay for college.

Obama stresses college affordability in Buffalo speech

Aug 23, 2013
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President Barack Obama came to Buffalo to deliver a speech on affordable higher education at the University at Buffalo.

Top state and national Republican leaders hammered President Obama and questioned his motives for a planned bus tour of upstate New York to discuss access to higher education that begins in Buffalo on Thursday.

Why is Obama coming to Buffalo?

Aug 21, 2013
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President Obama's visit to Buffalo Thursday will be his second to Western New York in recent years. Obama will speak at the University at Buffalo before heading by bus to Syracuse, Binghamton and Scranton, Pennsylvania. 

Hopefuls line up for Obama tickets

Aug 20, 2013
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People eager to see a sitting president speak in their own backyard are lining up outside Alumni Arena at the University at Buffalo for tickets to see President Barack Obama on Thursday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo will join President Barack Obama in Buffalo Thursday. Ticket information for the president's speech at the University at Buffalo has been made public.

New Yorkers Against Fracking

President Obama is planning on visiting upstate New York this week to promote an education plan. But whenever a major politician visits the region, the issue of fracking is often on the agenda, whether they like it or not.

The White House has officially confirmed that President Barack Obama will be in Buffalo next Thursday, August 22, to kick off of a two-day bus tour.

Schumer confirms Obama's Buffalo visit

Aug 14, 2013
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More details are emerging on next week's Presidential visit to Buffalo. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer confirmed the trip Tuesday morning while appearing in Cheektowaga.

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Word circulated Monday that President Barack Obama could be Buffalo-bound next week. Several newspapers and other media outlets are reporting that the President is planning to conduct an bus tour of four Upstate cities, including Buffalo and Eastern Pennsylvania. 

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The state’s comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, is trying to use the power of the pension fund to increase equal rights for same-sex married couples.

Obama nominates Buffalo native to be labor secretary

Mar 18, 2013

President Barack Obama has chosen Buffalo native Thomas E. Perez, a top Justice Department official, to be the next secretary of labor, calling him a consensus builder whose ``story reminds us of this country's promise.''

A local man has received one of the country's highest honors.

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A local inventor, entrepreneur, classical guitarist and restaurateur is to receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama.

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The vote counting in the state of Florida has ended.

Elections officials there have confirmed that President Obama is the winner in Florida. This shifts the final Electoral College numbers to 322 votes for President Obama against 206 votes for Mitt Romney.

These results are expected to be certified later this week.

Local debate watcher weighs in

Oct 4, 2012
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Mainstream media and even some liberal commentators say Republican Mitt Romney was the clear winner in Wednesdsay night's Presidential debate against President Barack Obama. 

WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley spoke with Republican political lobbyist Carl Calabrese, who says Romney won "hands down."

President pushes agenda in Albany

May 9, 2012

President Obama was in Albany on Tuesday touting the region's growth in high-tech manufacturing.

After an introduction from Governor Andrew Cuomo, the President took the stage at the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

While much of his speech focused on a 5-point "to-do" list for Congress, which he says will help turn around the economy, Mr. Obama said he came to Albany because the region's high-tech manufacturing cluster represents the economic future of the nation.

President Obama signs Slaughter's STOCK Act

Apr 4, 2012

A broken leg kept Western New York Rep. Louise Slaughter from attending the presidential signing of a bill she championed that prohibits insider trading among members of Congress and other federal employees.

President Obama cited Slaughter by name during a signing ceremony today for the the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, lauding her six-year effort in getting the bill passed.

"She first introduced the STOCK Act in 2006 and I know how proud she is to see this bill that she championed finally become law," President Obama said.