Entries in Orlando (6)


President Obama Makes Surprise Stop for Beer, Cracks Birther Joke

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(KISSIMMEE, Fla.) — Rolling to Orlando this evening, President Obama’s bus tour made a surprise stop at a local sports bar for beer and a little college football.

“There he is,” a girl squealed, according to pool reports, as Obama walked into Gators Dockside bar and grill, doing the “gator chomp.”

The president went straight to the bar and ordered a pint of beer before working his way around the room, chatting with patrons as the Florida State vs. Savannah State game played on the TVs.

At one table, the president met a young boy, Andre Wupperman, who informed him he was born in Hawaii, too.

The president asked the boy whether he had a birth certificate, and the whole table cracked up laughing.

At another table, the president came across a birthday celebration and joined the party, leading the group in singing “Happy Birthday” to Sorina Terrell.

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Obama Meets with Unemployed Workers, Toasts ‘to More Jobs’

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- President Obama took time out of campaign fundraising Tuesday evening to share a beer with a group of unemployed construction workers looking to get back on the job.

At the Harp and Celt Restaurant and Irish Pub in Orlando, Fla., Obama raised a glass -- Guinness, to be specific -- “to more jobs.”

Sitting around the table with four unemployed workers, the president, who was joined by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, outlined his case for Congress to pass the American Jobs Act and invest in infrastructure so that construction workers can get back to work.

The president told the workers part of the reason he wanted to stop by was because “Buddy and I” are trying to help create jobs, according to members of the press.

“You guys are what this country’s all about,” Obama said.

The participants in the event were Michael Whidden, unemployed pipefitter from Gotha, Fla.; Patricia Mooney-Hildebrand, unemployed pipefitter from Titusville, Fla.; Mark Mckim, unemployed plumber from Sanford, Fla.; and Jesse Morgan, unemployed pipefitter from Auburndale, Fla.

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Obama: U.S. Had 'Gotten a Little Soft' in Last Couple Decades

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- In an interview with an Orlando TV station Thursday, President Obama said that the U.S. had "gotten a little soft" in the last couple decades, losing its competitiveness.

Discussing with WESH-TV how this is a particularly "challenging" time for young people, the president said that "even before the financial crisis hit, one of the reasons that I ran for president was that wages, incomes had flat-lined at the same time that costs were going up, I think people felt that opportunities were becoming more constricted for the next generation."

"And that's why," the president continued, "making sure that we're revamping our education system, making sure we’ve got world class infrastructure, investing in basic science, research and technology, making sure that we are moving manufacturing to the U.S., and that we are being tough with our trading partners -- making sure that they’re not taking advantage of us. There are a lot of things we can do."

“The way I think about it is, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades,” he said. “We need to get back on track."

The president added that he wouldn’t trade the position of the U.S. with any country on earth, since “we still have the best universities, the best scientists, and best workers in the world; we still have the most dynamic economic system in the world. So we just need to bring all those things together.

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Romney, Perry Wage War of Authenticity at Republican Debate

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- In their third debate in as many weeks, the two leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination waged a war of authenticity, challenging each other on their records in government -- even on the words printed in their books.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has seen his lead in national and some early primary state polls evaporate, swiped at front-runner Rick Perry on the issue of Social Security.  Romney has been trying to make the case that the Texas governor’s stance on the entitlement program is too extreme.

“There’s a Rick Perry out there that’s saying that -- almost quoted it says that the federal government shouldn’t be in the pension business, that it’s unconstitutional, unconstitutional and to be returned to the states,” Romney said, referencing Perry’s book, Fed Up!  “So you better find that Rick Perry and get him to stop saying that.”

Later in Thursday night's debate, showing that he too has been carefully studying Romney’s writings, Perry accused his opponent of changing his tune between printings of his book, No Apologies, on whether the health care plan he signed into law in Massachusetts should be a model for the rest of the country.

“You said that it was exactly what the American people needed to have,” Perry said.

Romney shot back, “I said no such thing.”

“It’s fine for you to retreat from your own words in your own book, but please don’t try and make me retreat from the words that I wrote in my book,” Romney said.

The exchange at the debate in Orlando, sponsored by Fox News and Google, reflected the larger battle between the two campaigns, each trying to jockey for the top spot in the Republican field along with seven other candidates who shared the stage Thursday night, who were just hoping to get some attention and airtime.

Despite some lines he might wish he could take back -- “There are a lot of reasons not to elect me” -- Romney delivered a mostly solid performance displaying his command of issues and even some sharp-edged responses while under attack.

Perry landed some punches on Thursday night, but his performance was uneven at times.  He fumbled through an answer to a foreign policy question about what he would do if, as president, he received a middle-of-the-night phone call informing him that a Pakistani nuclear weapon had fallen into the hands of terrorists.  The Texas governor also appeared to lose his way while trying to portray Romney as a flip-flopper.

Other candidates had their blunders too.  When Michele Bachmann was asked to give a specific answer about how much out of every dollar earned, Americans deserve to keep, she said, “I think you should keep every dollar that you earn.”

A moment later, she added: “Obviously we have to give money back to the government so that we can run the government.”

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Jon Huntsman Likely to Base Presidential Campaign In Orlando

LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Should he decide to run for president, former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is likely to make his campaign headquarters Orlando, Fla., ABC News has learned.

The importance of the Sunshine State in the Republican nominating process -- as well as in the general election -- is clear, but Florida also has personal appeal for Huntsman. His wife, Mary Kaye, is from there and still has family in the area.

Aides to the former Utah governor were also said to be considering North Carolina as a possible base of operations, before settling on Florida.

Huntsman opens a five-day tour of another critical state -- New Hampshire -- on Thursday.

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Palin Headlines GOP 'Victory Rally' in Orlando

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- In a final sprint to the November 2 elections, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and top GOP candidates gathered in Orlando Saturday for a so-called “victory rally.”

Palin and other Republicans said they are building momentum, with early voting already underway in Florida and just over a week before election day.

“The president is now telling us that we’re not thinking straight because of all the fear and frustration,” said Palin.  “You know Mr. President, you have it right on one point there.  We are afraid, knowing that your economic policies are driving us off a cliff.”

Steele told the crowd that the GOP has a good chance of gaining four congressional seats in Florida, including the seat now held by Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson.

The RNC chairman also said he expects Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio to win his three-way race with Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who is running as an independent, and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek.

Steele said change is coming to Washington, “because you’re gonna fire Pelosi.  You’re gonna retire Harry Reid.  You’re gonna elect Marco Rubio.”

“I’m the only one running to tackle the debt and save social security,” Rubio told the crowd of supporters.  “And I’m the only one running that will vote to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

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