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Obama begins Pensacola tour to cheers, jeers



Beachsigns With Gov. Charlie Crist at his side, President Obama began his tour of the oil damage in Pensacola this morning. Crist rode in the motorcade with Obama and energy czar Carol Browner. People held signs along the way, according to press pool reports. One read, "Thanks for your support Mr. President. You still have mine." Another read, "Kick Tony's (Hayward) ass for us."

Some were more critical: "Day 55 still no skimmers," declared a sign. A man snapping a photo with his own camera had a sign that said, "Enough photo ops."

Obama and Crist went to the Original Fish Sandwich Snack Bar, where they were attending a briefing with Admiral Thad Allen. Down the beach, some people were swimming. (AP photo)


Also the briefing were Sen. George LeMieux, U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, CFO Alex Sink, Gen. Doug Burnett, Florida national Guard, Pensacola Mayor Mike Wiggins and Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson.

Later, the president will speak at Naval Air Station Pensacola. There's no shortage of officials expected to attend, including: U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown and Ted Deutch, State Sen. Dan Gelber, State Reps. Darryl Rouson and Franklin Sands and a host of local city county and county commissioners.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:42am]


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