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Obama Family Eats Ice Cream, Enjoys Porpoises, Boat Ride On Gulf Trip (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 08/15/10 04:32 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:20 PM ET

From JULIE PACE, Associated Press:

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- President Barack Obama and his family cruised the waters off their Florida Panhandle hotel on Sunday, offering a portrait of a family on vacation to boost a region struggling with the economic damage wrought by the nation's worst oil spill.

The Obamas boarded the 50-foot Bay Point Lady on a rainy, overcast morning, the second and final day of a weekend getaway during which the president assured residents that his administration would not forget the region even after oil stopped spewing from a broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. The family was expected to return to Washington by Sunday evening.

With first lady Michelle Obama and 9-year-old daughter Sasha beside him, Obama leaned over the bow of the Bay Point Lady to watch porpoises as their boat cut through the calm waters of St. Andrews Bay. Back on shore, the family stopped for treats - mint chocolate chip ice cream for the president, Oreo ice cream for Sasha, and a hot fudge sundae without whipped cream for the first lady - before heading home.

The Obamas' 12-year-old daughter, Malia, didn't make the trip because she's away at summer camp.

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President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Sasha stop for ice cream before departing Panama City Beach, Fla. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. The Obamas are spending the weekend in Florida. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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