Skip to comments.Some residents disappointed after President Obama leaves Auburn without visiting Tubman Home
Posted on 08/23/2013 11:35:13 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
Disappointment. Insulted. Outraged.
That's how some residents described their feelings after President Barack Obama left Auburn Friday morning without stopping by the Harriet Tubman Home.
The president, who stayed overnight at the Holiday Inn in Auburn, worked out at the Auburn YMCA before leaving the city to begin the second day of his two-day tour of upstate New York and northeastern Pennsylvania.
While in Auburn, Obama did not visit the Harriet Tubman Home or Seward House Museum. A large crowd gathered Friday morning outside of the Tubman Home in anticipation of a presidential visit. But it never happened.
Harriet Tubman Home executive director Karen Hill was being interviewed by local media outlets when she turned to the crowd and with tears in her eyes, thanked them for coming out and supporting the Tubman Home.
Assemblyman Gary Finch, R-Springport, brought his wife and grandson to the Tubman Home hoping to see the president. He was upset that Obama stayed in Auburn, but couldn't find time to visit the historic site.
"It was a slap in the face to the Harriet Tubman residence. It was a slap in the face to the city of Auburn," Finch said. "And I really honestly believe this president owes this institution and the city of Auburn an apology."
Like Finch and Hill, members of the Harriet Tubman Boosters Club were upset that Obama didn't make a trip to the Tubman Home.
Deidre Johnson-Stanford, one of Tubman's great-great grandnieces, said she hoped with Obama staying in Auburn that a Tubman Home visit would happen.
"Being so close you would just think that he would be here," she said. "But it's disappointing."
Johnson-Stanford's mother, Pauline Copes-Johnson, is Tubman's great grandniece. Copes-Johnson celebrated her 86th birthday Friday and was one of the first people to show up early in the morning to wait and see if the president would make an appearance.
"We were just hoping that she would get a glimpse of him," she said. "We're just hoping they will do something (in the future) that we don't know about."
Upstate NY bump
didnt she just star in a porno film?
Photo-ops are his business—his ONLY business.
Okay. Now you are sounding like some old folks whose panties are getting in a wad over nothing. Just sayin’...: )
I am amazed, Zero seems to never fail taking advantage of a opportunity to emphasize his “Blackness” and cause racial discord.
Hey! They’re New Yawkers. They’ll get over it in five or ten minutes.
...probably couldn’t just stop by, you’d smell the pot odor coming out of the bus....
Harriet Tubman was running from the Democrats,,,why would Obama want to honor her?
It was only his white half that visited Auburn, I guess...
Well, after all, it is just a house full of stuff. Not sure how looking at stuff honors someone.
The Tubman house obviously didn’t offer to pay the King enough for a vi$it.
This is very telling, both are two minutes from the Holiday Inn. What a pos he is.
If they put a putting green on her front lawn, maybe Obama would visit.
Sorry sheeple, before the election, you were useful idiots. Now, you’re just plain idiots. BO doesn’t need you anymore.
Does he even know who Tubman is?
He may not know who she was.
It simply wasn’t on his teleprompter.
perhaps the Tubman House hasn’t contributed enough to his campaign fund this year?
On the other hand, many more are relieved he did not desecrate the place with one more of his narcissistic, self centered speeches where he praises congratulates Harriet Tubman for being almost as wonderful and important as he is.