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Obama takes a break from debate prep – at the Hoover Dam

October 2, 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama took a break from preparing for Wednesday night’s debate with a quick visit to the Hoover Dam.

Wearing a gingham shirt, khaki trousers and sunglasses, according to a White House press pool report, the president asked some questions of a dam manager and a staffer from the U.S. Department of the Interior. He learned that most of the power generated from the dam – in Nevada, not far from Las Vegas – goes to Southern California, and that some of the 28,ooo people who built the dam were killed, but “fewer than you can imagine.”

A reporter asked Obama why he made the trip, and he responded: “It’s spectacular and I’ve never seen it before. I didn’t realize it was so close by.” Obama often takes breaks to visit tourist sites as he travels. Aides have said the tourist stops offer a mental break from the work of his office.

Obama is preparing for Wednesday night’s debate against Republican Mitt Romney at a resort in Henderson, Nevada.

His visit to a dam named after Herbert Hoover at such an intense time during his re-election campaign prompted some political speculation. A few Republicans noted that  Hoover was an incumbent who left the White House after he failed to end the Great Depression. But another view could be that Obama Рa Democrat like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, replaced George W. Bush, a Republican like Hoover, who presided over the economic collapse.

Roosevelt was re-elected three times.

Picture credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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