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Cooperstown prepping for presidential visit to Baseball Hall of Fame

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Time Warner Cable News will have extensive coverage Thursday of President Barack Obama's visit to Cooperstown. Watch TWC News throughout the day, or follow along with the TWC News app and on TWCNews.com.

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The streets have been cleaned, sidewalks repaired and banners hung to welcome one of the most prestigious visitors yet to come to the small Village of Cooperstown.

"In fact, the last sitting president was Martin Van Buren in 1839 came to Cooperstown and I think that's it," said Mayor of Cooperstown Jeff Katz.

Last week, it was announced that President Barack Obama was going to be making another trip to Upstate New York. He toured the state just last August to talk about education. This time, he's stopping at the National Baseball Hall of Fame to promote tourism in the U.S.

"There's nothing more American than baseball and there's nothing more American or a part of Americana than the baseball hall of fame so for the president to choose us as a venue makes all the sense in the world," said Jeff Idelson, the Baseball HOF president.

It's unclear whether or not the president will make any other visits other than the hall of fame, but one local business owner thinks the president may take a special liking to his shop.

"We're hoping since we are 'Shoeless Joe's' and we are related to Chicago, with Shoeless Joe being a White Sock that Mr. Obama would be kind enough to pop in here and we'll show him all our White Sox stuff we have," said the store's owner, Joe Cannata.

The president is expected to arrive sometime Thursday afternoon and people say they were already planning out where to stand. Ready to wave to their country's leader, or protest the hot topics.

"Seemingly regardless of your political preference, any time a living sitting president is coming to your village, it's exciting for everyone," said Katz.

Village officials expect Cooperstown to be bustling Thursday, with the streets filled with people waiting to see the president with their own two eyes.

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