Obama’s View Of Pittsburgh Broadened During Presidency

WASHINGTON D.C. (KDKA) — The City of Pittsburgh has certainly attracted President Obama’s attention.

From sports teams to economic renewal to eateries, the President of the United States seems to like this area.

He picked Dan Rooney to be his Ambassador to Ireland. He had the owners of Pamela’s Diner come to the White House to make pancakes. He chose the city for his first G-20 Summit. Also, he follows Pittsburgh sports closely.

But while sports initially defined the President’s view of Pittsburgh, that has changed in recent years.

KDKA Political Editor Jon Delano first met then-senator Barack Obama three years ago. At that time, he asked the future president: “When you think Pittsburgh, what comes to mind?”

President Obama responded: “Steelers.”

Delano asked the President the same question again when he sat down with him this week at the White House.

President Obama: “Well, there are a bunch of things I think of.”

For one thing, Obama believes most outside our region don’t appreciate the beauty of this city.

“Pittsburgh is a more beautiful city than most people realize with the river and the Waterfront,” said President Obama.

He believes the transformation from steel manufacturing to high tech, medicine, software and future technologies sets the right example.

“Its economy is diversified very effectively, and so can be a model for how cities recreate themselves and how America recreates itself,” said President Obama.

Watch Jon Delano’s full interview with the President here:

The President takes credit for helping to put Pittsburgh on the world stage in selecting the city to host the G-20 Summit.

“It’s a world city now, and I think all the leaders from all around the world were very impressed with the hospitality that the people of Pittsburgh showed,” he said. “So, I think Pittsburgh’s on the move.”

No surprise, always the politician, the President thinks politically about the support this area gave him in 2008.

“I think the people in Pittsburgh have just been wonderful friends to me,” he added. “Obviously, we got a lot of support when I was there campaigning in Pittsburgh.”

But, of course, with this President, sports is never far from his mind, having plucked his Ambassador to Ireland from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“The Steelers are still a big part of Pittsburgh’s life, and Pitt’s basketball team looks like it’s pretty well positioned,” said Obama.

Delano: “Have you finished your brackets?”

President Obama: “I haven’t finished my brackets, but I do think that Pitt gets at least to the Elite Eight.”

So, while sports continues to keep Pittsburgh front and center in the President’s mind, it’s pretty clear that his contact with this region during the campaign and presidency have broadened his view of this region.

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  • get a life

    thats news for you (or isn’t). lame. im going to drink now.

    i hate hate hate news. and tv. go outside and exercise. go teach your kids a new skill.

    What is news? weather? worthless. pirate news? worthless? telling me about things and dragging it out for hours? even more worthless.

    this article. more worthless than the rest.

    • Mark

      If you think it’s all worthless then why are on here reading these articles? Wow….u sure the news is worthless and not u?

  • Chippy55

    These last two years of Obamahave felt like you are waiting for a soldering iron to get hot, while you are trying to fix a loose speaker wire and you’re on a stair climber, always walking uphill and the wire keeps jiggling and so the station keeps going off and on, and you’re still walking and going no where because the checkerboard bracket maker in D.C. keeps telling you “Just a few more stairs to climb, just a few more minutes for that iron to get hot”, and you’re still changing the radio dial and suddenly the speaker wire makes solid contact and you hear crystal clear, “Egypt and Libya are imploding, the Middle East is on fire, Japan was hit by a tsunami, Pelosi deceptively sneaked a $105 billion dollar tax into Obamacare at the last minute in order to pay for the illegal and Unconstitutional Affordable Health Care Act, and she is going ahead with plans to add 17,000 new IRS agents in order to enforce socialized medicine” and, AND, the President has just preempted his plans for his 62nd golf game in order to pick his brackets on ESPN, and, AND, he’s taking a week long vacation in Rio de Janeiro next week, and you’re still climbing those stairs but you can’t get ahead, and suddenly the speaker wire completely breaks, and the little voice inside your head yells, “Elections have consequences; you can change all of this in 2012, ” and then the door bell rings and two guys show up to repossess your car and repossess your stair climber, and last week your pet duck just had little peeps and they’re running all over the place, and you just want to take that soldering iron that just got hot and jam into your skull, but the little voice comes back and says, “2012, 2012, 2012, ” and you just lie down on the floor and take a nap, covered in peeps.

  • Beantown4

    Chippy needs a Xanax.

  • Lynyrd

    WOO He got off the golf course.

  • Clinger

    Wow, a big difference from what he thought about Pennsylvanians before..

    “You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

  • BOB

    “The President takes credit for putting Pittsburgh on the map by giving us the G-20 Summit. Did anyone ask the downtown business commlunity about that? it was a disaster and what ever came out of ths summit? It seemed more like a punishment to the City than a gift. Can’t wait until 2012 to get a President that really cares and represents our country, and not make excuses.

    • Yup

      Lol, Bob, keep hoping. Haven’t met a polititcian yet that cares, represents, and tells the truth. We will NEVER have an honest person in office. We won’t ever let that happen because we keep allowing these people to run/win. If we boycott elections and try to nominate a real person, maybe we’d be better off.

  • shane

    What else is the President going to say when asked the question,”whats the first thing you think about Pittsburgh”? I’m sure he could of said “well John,i think of all the GANG BANGERS in Homewood,our administration is proud to support them and their many children&realitives,through the foodstamp program,also section 8 (free housing) comes to mind,another fine program the White house supports. I guess you can say we support anyone White or black that just wants to sleep by day and gang bang by night.

  • RecallRepublicans

    You people are nothing but a disgrace to this nation!!!!!

    • congress bought by corporate america

      this nation is a disgrace to its citizens!!!!!!

  • Shane

    Why are we a disgrace to this nation,because we tell it like it is?Look its simple,find a job go to work be productive like the rest of us out here.You can only gang bang so long,then you either end up in prison or dead.Whats wrong with getting a honest job instead of standing around all day slinging and banging?Sure the funeral home people stay busy,and the prison system keeps alot of people working,thats all well and good, however,is that what you want out of life?You take a chance selling posion to people,taking their babies food and milk out of their mouths,You shoot and kill your own kind taking lives to make a few dollars,that is a DISGRACE!!!!! I’m only telling it like it is,as i and many others see it to be.

  • Shane

    I have a thing or two to say about Japan, first thing,my sorrow goes out not to them slanty eye peeps but to the brave solders like my Grandfather who fought them in world war two and died. Who is their God,buddha,let him help them,don’t spend my tax dollars over there,we have our own problems here. Heck we have to support homewood,manchester,arlington,lincoln liarmar,the hill and so on.To be honest,i’d rather spend the money feeding thoes peeps than the ones who eat rice with two sticks.

    • Yup

      Shane – we have welfare, health care, Red Cross, education programs, etc, etc, etc., here. We are covered. That country was hit with an earthquake, thousands are dead or injured or homeless. You are a disgusting person to sit there and talk about the war that happened so long ago. Where is your cell phone, TV, computer, car from? Better stop supporting them and buy all American (and don’t say you already do because I know that is a LIE). Write to your local or federal government and tell them what to do with your tax dollars, don’t comlpain about it on a news website you selfish idiot.

  • BYE


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