Obama Vacation Means Good Publicity

ASHEVILLE-- Business leaders in a North Carolina mountain city say a visit from the Obama family will bring plenty of good publicity.

The Citizen-Times of Asheville reported Sunday that local officials say having the leader of the free world choose your city for vacation trumps millions in advertising dollars.

The Obamas will arrive in Asheville on Friday and plan no public events. The family will spend the weekend at the Grove Park Inn.

Asheville spends about $2.5 million a year to advertise as a tourist destination and the Convention and Visitors Bureau says almost 3 million people come to visit and stay the night each year.

The city has been drawing well-heeled visitors for more than a century and is home to Biltmore, the country's largest privately owned home.


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  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Apr 23, 2010 at 04:29 PM
    I bought a lot of Koolaid this morning on sale at the local store. I bought Obamaid...it tasted bad, was hard to swallow and made me throw up. They wanted to tax me more for this at the store? It was as bad as Obama's healthcare and they want to tax me? I am going to get my money back from the store in the morning. I am an Obama supporter, who do they think I am....you right, I am not paying for something thats not good! What was I thinking?
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Apr 22, 2010 at 08:54 AM
    Lavon, your vote will be a wasted vote because Obama will not win again. America isn't through realizing what he's all about and by 2012 they will definately vote for someone else
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Apr 21, 2010 at 07:45 AM
    Can't wait until 2012 so I can help re elect President Obama
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Apr 20, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    Lavon can't explain exactly what Obama is doing that's good for America. He's just starring & grinning at Obama's picture thinking this black wonderful president cares about me! he has to be doing a good job with "things" so far.....Daaaaaaaaaa Wake Up Lavon!!!!!!! Learn what exactly your president is doing and snap out of that trance you're in. You can read and learn can't you?
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Apr 20, 2010 at 08:47 AM
    President Obama needs this vacation. He has been working hard since he's been President. He and his administration has done a ver good job with things so far. Enjoy your well deserved vacation Mr. President.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Apr 19, 2010 at 05:59 PM
    I LOL you Obama voters still do not have good paying jobs, or are you all collecting free unemployment benifits? Job Stimulas Plan? Obama has the whole country on Gov't welfare. But thats what you Obama voters wanted , Gov't welfare , Obamas president now we do not have to work.
  • by Samuel Grey Location: Greenville on Apr 19, 2010 at 04:49 PM
    Lets just wait and see if his presence helps the local business. I'm amazed at how many professional economist are on this site. If the president accomplished world peace tomorrow, you guys would still object to it. Everybody wants to be an expert, talking loud saying nothing.
  • by grammar slammer Location: Pitt Co. on Apr 19, 2010 at 04:40 PM
    Do you think he is vacationing in the mountains to try to thwart a possible third party movement in NC? Hey, didn't the Obamas have a "family" vacation back in December.....and the tab is picked up by whom?
  • by willie Location: beaufort on Apr 19, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    To us citizen for now" Skin color doesn,t matter.Remember the two george bushes?
  • by Voter Location: east coast on Apr 19, 2010 at 03:17 PM
    "Dataman" --- If you voted for O'bama, then why don't you use your real name? Oh, my bad! It's probably because you are too embarrassed to be associated with him.
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