Photos of President Obama in Tully
Tully (WSYR-TV) – President Obama made a surprise stop Friday morning at a Tully High School soccer practice.
Obama's bus left the Holiday Inn in Auburn shortly before 10 a.m. and stopped at Tully High School.
According to a report, the President was greeted by Tully Junior and Senior High School girls soccer players who were "screaming their heads off."
The President reportedly asked the girls teams if "they could beat the boys" and kicked the ball around with some of the Black Knights boys team's players.
The president also talked to the kids about the end of summer vacation and his plans to help make college more affordable.
“I was driving by and I thought…I’d like to kick the ball around a little bit,” Obama said.
Obama singled out one girl: “You don’t look like you’re in junior high school,” he said to a young girl, Julia, who is 9. Meeting the president, she had said earlier today, was on her bucket list.
“Here’s a general rule,” Obama said. “When you’re 9, you don’t need a bucket list,” and the girls laughed. “When you get to be 52, then you might want to draw one up.”
As the press went back to the bus, Obama went back to the girls and boys teams and took a goal shot. The presidential bus blocked the view of the goal, but the crowd screamed.
Before leaving Auburn earlier in the morning, the President ventured a local YMCA to exercise before resuming his bus tour across Upstate New York and into Pennsylvania.
The President delivered a speech on education reform at Henninger High School in Syracuse on Thursday evening.
The President’s bus tour of Upstate New York is scheduled to stop at Binghamton University before continuing on to Pennsylvania where he will speak at Scranton’s Lackawanna College.
Many people gathered outside of the hotel, which was heavily protected by area police and the Secret Service.
The Auburn stop was not one of the announced scheduled stops on his tour, but many speculated that the president would visit the Cayuga County city.
The President also stopped in Seneca Falls for an impromptu visit.