The White House has confirmed that President Barack Obama will travel to Syracuse next week as part of a two-day bus tour to lay out his plan for reducing college costs.The president will also stop in Buffalo, Binghamton and northeastern Pennsylvania.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama will explain his ideas for reducing the costs and improving the value of a college education. The bus tour extends Obama's recent effort to refocus on economic issues ahead of looming fiscal fights with Congress. He's discussed infrastructure and housing in other cities in Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, Arizona and Missouri.
The White House has not yet announced where in Syracuse the president will stop, but Sen. Charles Schumer said yesterday - before the White House confirmed the president's stop in Syracuse - that he had a recommendation for something Obama should do in addition to talking about policy.
"If the president comes to Syracuse, I'm going to say make a surprise stop at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and you'll see what good food we have here in central New York."
Obama has said he's planning an aggressive strategy on the cost of college so Americans can get the training needed for the rapidly changing economy. A first step came last week when the president signed a bipartisan bill to restore lower student loan interest rates.