In his first major visit to Orlando since campaign season last year, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be visiting the City Beautiful to address a Veterans Convention on Saturday.
The President made Bi-weekly visits to the I4 Corridor en route to his re-election last year, there were speeches at the UCF Arena, Rollins College, and a few of his signature “Drop Ins” that saw him dining at a Puerto Rican eatery on the East Side, and a Pizza parlor on the Space Coast where the signature Bear Hug from the restaurant’s owner took place.
It worked and Florida went “blue” a second time for the President.
This visit won’t be as easy for the President, with D.C under constant scrutiny amidst multiple scandals, a budget showdown, and the audience-specific endless back log from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Right here in Central Florida, we have the stalled VA Hospital at Lake Nona which has overshot it’s anticipated completion day by over a year and has resulted in finger pointing between the VA and Private Contractors, and even more frustration for 1.6 million Vets that call Florida home that don’t have easy access to comprehensive medical care.
More recently, there were the President’s remarks on Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman trial, which took place less than 25 miles from where the President will be speaking on Saturday. 2 weeks ago, he compared himself to the 17 year old that lost his life in an altercation to Zimmerman, who was ultimately found not guilty.
I’ll have a full write-up of the President’s remarks as soon as he’s done on Saturday.