Crist greets Obama as president arrives in Florida
By Anne E. Kornblut
TAMPA -- This time, they didn't hug. But President Obama did shake hands with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) as he landed in Florida on Thursday.
The welcome was politically significant only because Crist has taken a beating from Marco Rubio -- his Republican primary opponent in Florida's U.S. Senate race -- for embracing the president during a trip promoting the stimulus package last year.
That prompted rumors that Crist might not welcome Obama to Florida this time, to show his distance from the president. But as Obama stepped off Air Force One at MacDill Air Force Base, Crist waited on the tarmac to greet him.
Vice President Biden, who arrived in Florida separately to help Obama launch his post-State of the Union tour, joined the two of them for a photograph.
Anne E. Kornblut
January 28, 2010; 1:34 PM ET
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