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July 29, 2010 7:13 AM

Florida tourism officials hope Obama will swim in Gulf during vacation

When the first lady visited Florida's Gulf Coast, she got her feet wet. Will the president dive in? Much may ride on President Barack Obama's fondness for beaches and body surfing as he readies for next month's family vacation in the Sunshine State. For a tourism industry spending millions to convince vacationers that the Gulf remains a safe a place to swim, footage of Obama plunging into the surf would provide an instant publicity coup after a summer of grueling media coverage of soiled beaches.

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