She met business and tourism leaders, walked barefoot on a beach and stopped at an ice cream shop, proclaiming the region a wonderful place to visit.
Obama's plane landed at the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City, which was built to bring in more tourists and opened in May, just as the number of visitors began dropping due to the spill.
Obama told Panama City-area leaders that she came to show the world that not all of the Gulf Coast's beaches were coated with oil.
"People are looking for things to do with their kids this summer and this is a wonderful place to visit," Obama told a round-table discussion group of local leaders.
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