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Obama's Friday South FL schedule: praise Miami schools, maybe vacation at Ocean Reef


President Obama's travel schedule Friday to South Florida is still being guarded with silence, but it looks as if he's planning to visit a Miami-Dade school or schools and make some sort of announcement, likely to shower praise or announce an initiative.

The First Lady might be there. An initial White House advisory said the president would have an event about the middle class. Whether that's another event or one of the ones mentioned above is unclear.

After the event/s, word in the Florida Keys is that the president might stop at the Ocean Reef Club in north Key Largo. A secluded, Republican-leaning bastion, Ocean Reef isn't the kind of place where everyone appreciates the president's visit, especially with all of the heightened security that comes with it.

Then there's the matter of irony: The Ocean Reef Club is about as far away from middle class as you can get in Key Largo.

The Key West Citizen tried to get some answers but was met with silence.

Oh well, it's not like local taxpayers are footing the bill for all the security....oh....wait. They are?

And it's not like presidential motorcades shut down traffic at inopportune times. Although, according to the Sun Times, Keys drivers might be spared the inconvenience because the president is arriving at Ocean Reef via helicopter.

The silence and costs associated with presidential travel are nothing new. Republicans and Democrats alike do it.

Still, expect Republicans to make noise about President Obama's near silence over the violence in Venezuela, which has particular salience in exile-heavy South Florida. Last Friday, Gov. Rick Scott challenged Obama to address the issue of Venezuela and sanctions, perhaps in Doral.

Looks like the president has other interests.


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ed jenkins

The citizens recommend that this man most hated for his interference with contracts between individuals and companies that insure against future medical costs stay away from this city that despises him so greatly.

Article writes appear to have two standards when dealing with schedules of this most hated president and the schedule or the governor scott who has won this state over with his exemplary fiscal stewardship. This writer shows the clearest example of bias towards one party yet witnessed by the tone he takes in similar situations with the two political leaders and this democrat primary voter cannot go without pointing this out and requesting the hometown paper terminate this article writer.

Highly paid Republican operative

Thought you were away until the weekend?

Seth Platt

So Ed Jenkins I am guessing that if I pull the Miami-Dade election rolls you will not exist on them. Am I correct? Perhaps these reporters that you regularly lambast might want to do that simple little task to shut down these absurd rants and protestations by an obvious GOP operative.


So Seth, do you not see the bias in the way the President's schedule vs. the Governor's schedule is treated? Or are you just trolling?

joe blow

Obummer, STAY HOME!
We don't want you here in Miami and we don't want you in our schools!
Your education policy SUCKS and we don't want your CRAP ASS RATT policy of testing students to death!

Bill Thompson

Maybe Ed Jenkins, the Donald and Obama will play a round together at the Trump Doral and they can discuss political strategy together.

sal manella

Could not have picked a more lilly white club. 0bomba should know every minute of his stay that he is Not among his peers, most of whom made their money the old fashioned way: They Earned it.

Herbert Aspbury

As I see the above there,s good news bad news in this for you at JI. On the one hand your private airport won,t be shut down and the golf course not closed for the day. On the other hand, Ocean Reef will see its rising ocean begin to recede while JI will be completely inundated by the rising ocean and your home Myrtlewax will be worth close to nothing in 5 years. You win some and lose some!!

Andi Black Langenderfer

Please Mr. President...don't go to Key West 3/12 - 3-15. We planned a vacation there six months ago and now it is threatened with security (which is essential, I know,) traffic, etc. I am one of the "little people" and it is not fair that your short vacation may ruin ours. Or, you could invite my husband and I to join you where you are staying. I would make great company: as a child in India, my house guests included Nehru, Adlai Stevenson and Khrushchev! We would have a lot to talk about. As a previous social studies teacher I would love to interview your children. Think about it.
As far as staying at Ocean Reef, there isn't a person who wouldn't love to stay in such luxurious surroundings, regardless of their politics.
Hoping to hear from you, Andi

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