Obama promoted Gulf tourism and seafood during a visit to the region Monday. There is no word on ending the offshore drilling ban that is costing tens of thousands of jobs.
GULFPORT, Mississippi — President Barack Obama Monday implored Americans to visit southern tourist beaches and munched on local seafood, seeking to boost two key industries threatened by the BP oil disaster.
"There's still a lot of opportunity for visitors to come down here. There are a lot of beaches that have not been affected and will not be affected," Obama said, at the start of a two-day trip to the region.
"We just want to make sure that people who have travel plans down to the Gulf area remain mindful of that...