August 15th, 2010
04:46 PM ET

Obamas take boat tour on Florida Panhandle trip

President Barack Obama toured the waters off Panama City Beach by boat on Sunday as he capped a weekend visit aimed at sparking a recovery in the region hard-hit by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The president, first lady Michelle Obama and their younger daughter Sasha stood at the bow of the excursion boat watching porpoises jump around them before heading back to shore. The family returned to Washington on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking before a Saturday afternoon dip with his daughter, Obama said his administration remains committed to ensuring a full cleanup and recovery for a region hard-hit by the disaster - and expressed hope that his holiday on the beach would change public perception and soften the economic blow of the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

"As a result of the cleanup effort, beaches all along the Gulf Coast are clean, safe, and open for business," he said. "That's one of the reasons Michelle, Sasha, and I are here."


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  1. madashell

    It's a shame that Michelle chose to spend her five day, $250,000+ vacation in Spain supporting the Spanish economy rather than spend it in a part of the Gulf area that has been hit hard by the oil spill. Instead, the Obama family comes for 27 hours in between two other vacations and doesn't even go to a place that was really affected by the oil spill. I truly do not understand how these people think. They just don't seem to be completely clueless..

    August 15, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • boomer

      bama and michell be lovin them some vacation.......

      August 16, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Paul

    Obama is shaping up to be the worst president of all time, shall I even say, worse than Bush Jr?

    August 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. afraidofheights

    They should travel to nearby Destin, Florida to check out the Gulf Coast penguins! Very cute little guys right there on the beach waddling around.

    August 16, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Melissa Polinard

    I voted for Obama and the more I see him down play the effects of the oil spill, the more I regret ever voting for him. The Gulf Coast is no where near clean and will not be for possibly our life time. He is covering for BP! If he truly wanted to see the effects of the oil spill, he would be visiting the hardest hit areas. I traveled to Grand Isle less than a month ago and covered 60 miles of coast land by boat and an untold distance by foot. The only beaches being cleaned at all are those that are in the public eye. Every island in Barataria Bay is saturated in oil. I saw gulf birds covered in oil and even drowning. I watched dead fish wash ashore. I witnessed dolphins swimming in oil. I saw ribbons of oil as far as the eye could see floating in our Gulf Coast. What i did not see, was BP out there cleaning it up. The only beaches they are cleaning are the public beaches, 24 hours a day. Now, I'm not the president, Im just a concerned citizen living a blue collar life but some how I found the oil. ??? He along with the entire Gulf Coast region is being bought up by BP. I am very disappointed to say the least. On August 4th thousands of dead fish were found by Drew Whellan on the gulf side of Grand Isle LA. Cut and paste this address, and see for yourself. And Obama and the media are still telling American citizens that the beaches are clean and the fish is safe to eat! Also visit our website, to view the photos of my experience in the Gulf Coast.

    August 16, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fishermans Chef

    We the people want clean beaches- 'all the way' clean beaches. The oil companies need to finish the cleanup. You can't teach a man/woman to fish in an oily ocean.

    August 16, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
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