Obama: David Paterson "A Wonderful Man"

11/21/2009 04:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

TROY, N.Y. — President Barack Obama is calling New York's embattled governor a wonderful man even as some Democrats want him to drop out of the 2010 gubernatorial race.

Gov. David Paterson warmly greeted Obama when the president flew to upstate New York on Monday to speak at a community college. Obama returned the favor, telling the audience: "A wonderful man, the governor of the great state of New York, David Paterson, is in the house."

Some Democrats fear Paterson's low approval ratings will cost their party a chance to hold the seat and hurt other Democrats on the ballot. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs wouldn't say whether the president ordered that word be sent to Paterson that Obama does not want him to run in 2010.