President Obama tours Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown
Thu, 22 May 2014 20:48:43 GMT —
It was an intimate gathering of about 100 supporters and politicians who filled the Hall of Fame wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum to listen to President Barack Obama's remarks.
The President spoke for just ten minutes. He first talked about his whirlwind tour through some of the highlights of the Hall of Fame. He tried on the world series championship ring of his beloved Chicago White Sox. He also held on to the hefty bat the once belonged to Babe Ruth. And, he commended President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who decided to keep baseball playing during World War II.
Once the President talked about his tour he moved on to his topic of the day: tourism and job creation. He talked about the potential for the Hall of Fame and other iconic American figures like the Grand Canyon to attract visitors from around the world.
He brought a brief round of applause from the gathering when he said America is attracting 70 million international visitors a year. That's a growing number that is on track to reach 100 million per year by 2021.
The President took a few minutes after the speak to shake a few hands with supporters in the first few rows. He wrapped up before Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared in the room as the governor faced some delays in getting to Cooperstown from Downstate.
The President did not spend any time on Main Street in Cooperstown or visit Otsego Lake or Doubleday Field. He did comment how lovely the region appeared to him as he flew in on board Marine One helicopter.