President Barack Obama gave a quick jobs speech this afternoon at Disney World, where he began his remarks by acknowledging that his daughters would probably be jealous of his visit.
"It is rare that I get to do something that Sasha and Malia envy me for," he said. (He also joked that his is "aways excited to meet a world leader who has bigger ears than me.")
Obama visited Orlando to announce a plan to boost foreign travel to the U.S., including increasing by 40 percent the number of visas issued to potential visitors from Brazil and China. Visa applications from those countries have been skyrocketing, and the State Department and Homeland Security have struggled to keep up with the demand.
"More and more of their people can afford to visit America who couldn't come before," Obama said. "We want them coming right here. We want them spending money right here. In Orlando, in Florida, in the United States of America."
His jobs proposal came as the Republican presidential primary action is about to shift to Florida in advance of the Jan. 31 election. Republicans on Thursday complained that the visit was a thinly veiled campaign swing for the president; the White House countered that Orlando is a natural spot to announce such a program.
"I'm here today because I want more tourists here tomorrow," the president said. "I want America to be the top tourist destination in the world."