President Obama Visits Cooperstown

05.23.14 | FL News Team

 President Barack Obama on Thursday became the first sitting president to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, traveling to New York's Leatherstocking Region to tout his administration's plan to boost international tourism.
Obama spoke for about 15 minutes to an invite-only crowd in the museum's famed Plaque Gallery, where he stood among 300 bronze plaques commemorating the legends of the sport.
The president on Thursday signed a memorandum directing members of his administration to develop a plan to cut wait times for customs processing at the 15 largest U.S. airports, a move he said will help the country's reputation with foreign visitors.
Obama's trip to the museum was the first by a sitting president, though Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton had visited before or after their terms. President Martin Van Buren, a former New York governor, visited the village of Cooperstown in 1839, 100 years before the museum opened its doors.