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WASHINGTON – The White House today confirmed that President Barack Obama will speak at the University at Buffalo next Thursday, as officials fleshed out the details of a two-day bus tour that will also take him to Syracuse, Binghamton and Scranton, Pa.

Sources told The Buffalo News on Wednesday that Obama will speak Thursday morning at UB’s Alumni Arena, and a White House source said today that the Buffalo appearance would kick off a two-day tour in which the president will “continue talking to the American people about his better bargain for the middle class.”

That official also said that on Thursday, Obama will also speak at the State University of New York in Syracuse, where the SUNY system has medical and forestry schools, as well as at Henninger High School in Syracuse.

On Friday, Obama will host a town hall event at Binghamton University, and will deliver remarks at Lackawanna College in Scranton.

“At each stop, the president will discuss the importance of ensuring that every American has the opportunity to achieve a quality education by reducing cost and improving the value of higher education for middle-class students and their families,” the White House source said.

No further details were available about the precise time of the president’s speech at UB. It also remains unclear whether – or how – tickets to the president’s speech might be made available to the general public.

UB President Satish K. Tripathi released a statement welcoming the president to the UB campus.

“The University at Buffalo is very pleased and proud to host President Obama,” Tripathi said. “The president’s visit to UB will be a historic occasion for our university and our community, and we are happy to provide a forum for the president to address issues important to our nation. Fostering a public space for discussing pressing societal issues is vital to our mission as a leading research university focused on advancing the greater public good. We are delighted to have the opportunity to host such a timely and meaningful conversation here at UB.

It’s also possible that Obama will make other, unscheduled stops in the Buffalo area. During his May 2010 visit to Buffalo, in which he spoke about the economy at Industrial Support Inc., he made an unscheduled stop at Duff’s Famous Chicken Wings in Cheektowaga.

The nature of the president’s trip, too, makes other unscheduled stops a possibility as well. After all, he will be riding by bus through the scenic, college-rich territory of upstate New York. And the New York State Fair, for decades a favorite stomping ground for politicians, will be taking place in Syracuse during his visit.

email: jzremski@buffnews.com