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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn gets a shout-out from Obama



President Barack Obama on Thursday praised Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn for opening the city's nine busiest recreation centers to residents seeking help signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

"In Tampa, Mayor Bob Buckhorn has gone in his words, 'all in,' in helping his constituents get covered with quality affordable health insurance," Obama said. The president's remarks came during a White House meeting with mayors in Washington for the 82nd U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting, at which Buckhorn spoke about the value of using social media at City Hall.

Obama also singled out mayors Greg Stanton of Phoenix and Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City for work helping homeless veterans; Julian Castro of San Antonio for child education initiatives; Ashley Swearengin of Fresno for downtown investment in rail; and Michael Nutter of Philadelphia for summer job creation. Click here for video of Obama's remarks. He mentions Buckhorn at about 4:24 into the video.

[Last modified: Friday, January 24, 2014 10:07am]


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