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No reporters or press cameras were present for the swim, but the image will nonetheless send a message that the White House has sought to convey with the first family's trip: the Gulf Coast is open for business.
"I think we're going to go tomorrow and as I just said Ed, I'm not going to let you guys take a picture of me with my shirt off," Obama jokingly told CNN Saturday. "You guys will tease me just like last time. I was on the front page ... People commenting."
But just hours later, a photo was published on the White House Flickr page showing a smiling President Obama and his daughter Sasha taking a dip in the Gulf waters off Alligator Point in Panama City Beach, Florida.
"It's got lily-white sand, and frankly the oil didn't really make it there. It was pretty well spared," said Leatherman, who noted that the water is 87 or 88 degrees because of the steamy Florida weather, making it conducive to at least a quick presidential plunge.
Originally posted by boondock-saint
to tell ya the truth it may be possible
that this is true.
The article stated he swam at Alligator Point
Panama City FL.
If u'll use google maps you'll see Alligator point
is in a lagoon behind a barrier chain from the gulf
waters meaning he's protected. The calm waters
with no visual waves confirms the lagoon status.
So it could be real, just not really swimming
directly in the gulf ... but behind barrier islands.
Basically, it's like an intracoastal waterway which
feeds fresh water into the ocean. Yet at this point
the fresh water is partially mixed with the salt water.
Like I said he was protected if he was at the point
they say he was at. However, all those people now
heading to the REAL beaches of FL are gonna swim
in very different toxic waters.
This was propaganda intended to get tourists back
to the gulf coast and so far it seems to be working.