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President Obama didn't swim in Gulf of Mexico

By Guy Adams

President Barack Obama wanted to convince the United States that the Gulf of Mexico remains open for business.

When he and his daughter, Sasha, took a dip in the sea off Florida this weekend, only the White House photographer was allowed to capture proceedings.

The official picture was intended to provide evidence that the region's beaches are back to normal. Yet it soon emerged that the private beach on which it was taken, off Alligator Point in St Andrew Bay, north-west Florida, isn't technically in the gulf.

Cynics complained that the supposed family holiday was more of a whistle-stop press tour.

Barack, Michelle and Sasha Obama, plus their dog, Bo, spent just 27 hours in the important swing state.

The first family went on a boating trip yesterday that saw them catch a view of local porpoises. On Saturday, they played crazy golf and Sasha, 9, scored a hole-in-one off the first tee.

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