"It appears to have been a PR stunt by BP, not to say we don't appreciate the extra participation," Young said. "We certainly need them, but we don't need them for just one day that happens to coincide with a visit from the president."
Obama made his second visit today to Louisiana's oil-stricken coast, stopping in Grand Isle and Port Fourchon.
Young said he saw the workers dressed in red shirts, blue jeans and black shrimp boots mulling across the beaches and in the mess hall during the president's appearance. They were uniformed in a way "which you don't normally see workers dressed like that," Young said.
After Obama's departure, Young said, the work crews all but vanished.
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