Obama eats in solidarity with Gulf Coast
By Scott Wilson
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- President Obama has certainly put his mouth where his message is during this two-day swing along the Gulf Coast.
He is tucking away enormous amounts of Gulf seafood, eating in solidarity with the fishermen, restaurant owners, and snack bar entrepreneurs who face a sharp decline in customers as a result of the oil spill.
After a walk along Pensacola's white-sand beach Tuesday morning, Obama held a briefing at the Fish Sandwich Shop, owned by Mike and Laura Pinzone. He was joined by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I), Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fl), and a host of other federal and local officials.
The fish sandwich day starter followed a happy-hour stop the previous evening at Tacky Jack's, a popular bar and restaurant in Orange Beach, Ala., that sits on stilts above the sea. Obama's order: crawfish tails, crab claws, seafood salad (and some ribs and nachos, referred to on the menu as "Mexican Garbage.")
His lunch in Gulfport, Miss. earlier in the day also had a seafood focus, as the president gathered local business leaders on a pier for a bite to eat.
It's one thing for a president to have to live up to his words - which always include a plea for Gulf Coast tourists to maintain travel plans and dive into local menus - but some of his senior staff has also had to eat along with him.
The ubiquitous Thad Allen, the Coast Guard admiral overseeing the federal response, is at nearly every meal. At least he grew up on the water and presumably likes seafood.
June 15, 2010; 11:32 AM ET
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