Residents react to President Obama's visits to the Gulf
By KRYSTAL ALLEN, WLOX
GULFPORT, MS (WLBT) - Though oil is no longer flowing into the gulf, the President says there is still a lot of work to be done.
"And I'm here to tell you that our job is not finished, and we are not going anywhere until it is. That's a message that I wanted to come here and deliver directly to people on the Gulf Coast," President Obama said as he addressed the crowd in Panama City, FL.
The President, First Lady Michelle Obama and 9-year-old daughter Sasha visited Florida for a mini vacation.
Our sister station WLOX tells us how people are reacting to the First Family's visit.
Terry O'Mar has had an experience few will ever get. The couple who owns Cyndi's Sno-Delites in Gulfport, got to talk with the President during his June visit to south Mississippi about the issues they faced as business owners in the wake of the oil spill. He acknowledges the power of the President's personal endorsement of the coast.
"Anything to get the message out to let people know that the Gulf Coast is open. At the same time, that persuasion only goes so far when people still harbor concerns about the region. It picked up just a little bit after the President came down, but then I think people still fear that we have oil on our beaches,"
In his trip to Panama City, Florida with his family, the President once again tried to quell some of those fears.
"As a result of the clean-up, beaches all along the Gulf Coast are clean, safe, and open for business. That's one of the reasons Michelle, Sasha, and I are here," President Obama added.
And this image shows the president making good on that endorsement. It's a picture of the President with daughter Sasha swimming in Panama City Beach, Florida.
While there is support for the President spending time with family in the region, some say the 27-hour visit should have been extended.
"I support him. He's the President of the United States, but he could have taken a couple of days and visited all four of the most effected areas. said Gulfport resident, Dorothy Crawford.
As for Terri O'Mar, he's still holding out hope that the President will stop by South Mississippi for a visit. And swing by Cyndi' Sno Delites to order up another large lemon lime snowball.
"I was hoping that he'd stop back by and bring the whole family to get a snow ball and there's always that possibility as he is spontaneous," O'Mar added.
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