Millard Fillmore a mainstay for Mo Rocca

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Washington Post has determined “Buffalove” is in for 2014, and now the Queen City is getting a little love from CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca.

The enigmatic commentator has been on a mission to find the coolest person in Buffalo, and it goes well beyond chicken wings. In fact, the coolest person may very well be someone who isn’t necessarily with us anymore.

Millard Fillmore was one of the people Rocca is profiling during his visit, and if you watch Sunday Morning, you’ll find this story has a comedic twist.

“We’re more interested in the presidents you can’t remember were actually president. Most of them are between Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. They often have a lot of facial hair and a couple of them were knocked off by anarchists,” Rocca said.

So naturally, Rocca and his crew toured Forest Lawn Cemetery, where Fillmore was laid to rest.

Rocca said, “I heard that Millard Fillmore was a very good neighbor, even though he signed the Fugitive Slave Act into law, he was kind of a nice guy, I mean out of office.”

Rocca tweeted while on this tour, taking pictures with Fillmore’s hair, which he said smells terrific. But perhaps most importantly, the CBS News correspondent raved about holding the former president’s noodle roller.

“I’d actually been to the Millard Fillmore House back in the mid-90s. Back then it was a quieter scene, though I was able to hold Millard Fillmore’s noodle roller back then, so it was nice to be with the noodle roller again and to hold it again. It had been, I don’t know, almost two decades. I hadn’t held Millard Fillmore’s noodle roller since the Clinton administration,” Rocca said.

Rocca is a big history buff, and he made it a point to also take and tweet a picture with “Presidential Pez.” He says he’ll visit the spot where William McKinley was shot and killed, but that’s not all on his Buffalo bucket list.

Rocca said, “I want to get a glimpse of Canada, but I guess it all depends on how clear the day is.”

He’s also like to enjoy some lounge music and taste the typical Buffalo foods.

You can watch Winging It: Buffalo Style Friday morning on CW23 starting at 9 a.m. to catch an interview with Rocca. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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