Obama Tells Americans To Vacation In Florida

U.S. President Barack Obama points to a feature of the bay as Mike Gorton (L), owner of Bay Point Watersports, stands behind him as first lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Sasha enjoy lunch at Lime's bayside bar and grill during their short vacation in Panama City Beach, Florida, August 14, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

I’m of the opinion that the media/political overreaction to the gulf oil spill will, ultimately, have had a bigger impact on the gulf region economically than the oil spill itself. Obama may be cognizant of that, which is why during his family’s 27 hour “vacation” (more like photo-op) to the gulf he told Americans that they should help the region out by visiting.

Barack Obama says the Gulf environment will be restored “no matter how long it takes”.

President Obama has urged Americans to “come on down and visit” Florida to help revive the economy stricken by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Mr Obama said oil was no longer flowing into the Gulf but “our job is not finished and we are not going anywhere until it is.”

The president is visiting Florida with his wife and elder daughter.

If Obama really cared about the gulf region, wouldn’t he be spending more than 27 hours there before going up to Martha’s Vineyard? Might not his wife have taken her recent vacation there instead of taking a taxpayer-financed flight and security detail all the way across the Atlantic?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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