A two-day trip to the Gulf Coast for President Barack Obama and his family will feature some beach time but maybe not a great deal of rest and relaxation.
Previewing the first family’s vacation to Panama City, Florida, this weekend, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said it would include briefings on the oil spill cleanup, an update on how weather would affect the completion of the relief well and discussions about the spill’s impact on businesses.
Obama will also serve as chief pitchman for the effort to attract tourists back to the region.
“The president will meet with business and tourism leaders to discuss the impacts that they’ve seen on their business because of the oil spill,” Gibbs told the daily White House news briefing.
“It will be important for the president to talk about what are the next steps in bringing the region back,” he said.