WATCH: President Obama Visits National Baseball Hall of Fame

President Barack Obama delivers remarks about tourism at the Baseball Hall of Fame, May 22, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y. (Mark DiOrio / Observer-Dispatch)
President Barack Obama delivers remarks about tourism at the Baseball Hall of Fame, May 22, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y. (Mark DiOrio / Observer-Dispatch)

It was a whirlwind visit.

President Barack Obama spoke at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown for all of 15 minutes, before he sprinted off to his next engagement.

But for the Village of Cooperstown, memories of the visit will last a lifetime.

“It was a great day for Cooperstown,” village Mayor Jeff Katz said after the event. “It was really spectacular, just the whole day, the excitement on the street, the amount of press, it was all good.”

Obama spoke about the importance of tourism to local economies all over the United States, and highlighted Cooperstown as a place where the industry had a positive impact.

“Tourism translates into jobs and economic growth,” he said. “When a visitor comes here, they don’t just check out the Hall of Fame, they rent cars, stay in hotels and eat in local restaurants. And that means in New York, the Baseball Hall of Fame is a powerful economic engine.”

He also noted that the Hall of Fame chronicles not only history of a sport, but the culture that has surrounded it — from the two World Wars, to the breaking of color barriers, to the entry of women into sports.

“It shows us the history of the communities we built,” he said.

People from all around the area turned out to watch the motorcade drive from a heli-pad outside of town, through village streets, and enter and leave the Hall of Fame grounds.

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SOURCE: Elizabeth Cooper 
Little Falls Times

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