Jeff Schober...................... Presidential Center Website
Presidents in Buffalo
By Jeff Schober
About Buffalo Tales, October 14, 2020
Although the photographer and exact date are unknown, this photo of President Jimmy Carter and Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan was given to Steve Desmond. The men are somewhere in Buffalo during Carter's lone term.
It was Christmas season in 1987 when President George H.W. Bush visited the Hyatt hotel for a Republican fundrasier. He later signed a copy of the print. © photo by Steven D. Desmond
Bill Clinton was president in 1996 when he visited Chautauqua Institution to prepare for a debate against Republican rival Bob Dole. Here Clinton exits Marine One, the presidential helicopter. © photo by Steven D. Desmond
On April 20, 2004, George W. Bush participated in a conversation about the Patriot Act at Kleinhan's Music Hall. Here he boards Air Force One at the Buffalo Airport. © photo by Steven D. Desmond
Flanked by Secret Service agents, Barack Obama greets the audience during a speech at the University at Buffalo on August 22, 2013. © photo by Steven D. Desmond
Candidate Donald J. Trump spoke at a rally on April 18, 2016 at First Niagara Center. He was introduced by then-Bills head coach Rex Ryan. © photo by Steven D. Desmond
Although he hosted a rally a few months before he was elected (see photo at left), Donald Trump has not visited Buffalo since he became President.
But on June 7, 1992, he and then-girlfriend (and later, second wife) Marla Maples were at Pilot Field as part of the Jim Kelly Celebrity Shootout, a charity softball game on the eve of the quarterback’s annual golf tournament.
A who’s who of sports celebrities participated in the game, including Troy Aikman, Chris Collinsworth, Randall Cunningham, John Elway, Roman Gabriel, Jeff George, Neil Lomax, John Kidd, Don Majkowski, Dan Marino, Warren Moon, Joe Namath, Walter Payton, and Steve Walsh. Paul Maguire served as emcee, and Cheektowaga native Chelsea Noble and her husband Kirk Cameron were in attendance as well.
According to The Buffalo News, other Bills who participated were Howard Ballard, Don Beebe, Shane Conlan, Hal Garner, Gale Gilbert, Kent Hull, Keith McKellar, Pete Metzelaars, Frank Reich, Darryl Talley and Steve Tasker.