Aug 14, 2010 10:51 PM by Chris Welty
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama has
declared Gulf Coast beaches clean, safe and open for business as he
brought his family to the Florida Panhandle and promised residents
that the government wouldn't forget them once efforts to stop the
leak are finished.
White House spokesman Bill Burton says that to reinforce that
message, Obama and Sasha swam in the Gulf's waters on Saturday. The
highly anticipated dip was away from the media's view.
Obama is in the region for a brief weekend trip with first lady
Michelle Obama, daughter Sasha (her sister Malia is at summer camp)
and the family dog, Bo.
Their 27-hour stop in the Sunshine State is as much a family
vacation as it is an attempt by the president to convince Americans
that this region, so dependent on tourism revenue, is safe for