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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.

By Scott Wilson  |  June 15, 2010; 11:32 AM ET
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Obama is the assault on our shores!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Gtoole77 | June 15, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the assault on our shores....

Posted by: Gtoole77 | June 15, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Somebody needs to stuff a live crab down his throat so he understands the urgency of the situation. This ain't no Chicago back room where you just lie, bribe abd bully your way to victory.

Posted by: jhr1 | June 15, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

The Gulf of Mexico is being inundated with thousands of gallons of oil a day and you're discussing the President's menu particulars? Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

Posted by: bretb | June 15, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Barry the incompetent boob Obama, that inept bungler, yucks it up with the locals and stuffs his face with shrimp in Day 57 of the biggest environmental disaster in history.

Miserable failure Obama

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 15, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama's behavior is appalling!

I understand hospitality but this was supposed to be about resolution of the dreadful conditions which confront the gulf states; most specifically LA, and Obama has yet to actually spend any real time with Governor Jindal who had to take matters under his own control and call out the National Guard of LA to build berms.

The Gulf States do not need egocentric Obama. The Governor's all have leadership skills and know how to clean up this mess caused by BP. They just need the federal government out of their way......just give them the funds and cooperation and watch them clean up this mess and get their coast line and wetlands back.

Obama is only down there for another photo op and to promote his loser cap'n trade!

Posted by: imaginemore | June 15, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

the US Coast Guard gave to BP only 48 hours (expired) to find the right way to FIX the oil spill issue
BP hasn't proposed NEW, BETTER AND FASTER SOLUTIONS, as clearly required by U.S. Coast Guard
but ONLY some NEW "PROMISES" to solve the problem more quickly... just another couple of months
so, I've developed a new and BETTER "super cap" that can be built and installed in a couple of days
read a description with the drawing of my new idea in my article latest update:
the only other alternatives to my simple, cheap, fast to build and install proposal to fix the leak are:
1. the (unknown) new "cap" ready for mid-july after 50,000,000 more gallons of oil spilled in the Gulf
2. a drilling of the two relief wells finished in mid-august after 100,000,000 more gallons of oil spilled

Posted by: gaetanomarano | June 15, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

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