Gov. Charlie Crist, feeling the sting of the man-hug that won't go away, made himself unavailable the last time President Barack Obama came to Florida. The governor even said he wasn't aware that Obama's schedule would have him in the Sunshine State.
However, the White House this morning confirmed that Crist would be leading the greeting party when Air Force One lands at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa about noon today. After touring a maintenance hangar, Obama will take a motorcade ride to the University of Tampa for a town hall meeting on the economy that is expected to include an announcement about federal stimulus funding for a planned high-speed rail line linking Tampa and Orlando.
Perhaps sensitive to political realities - too many fresh photos of Crist and Obama within feet of each other likely would do Crist no good in his heated battle with Marco Rubio for the GOP Senate nomination - Crist turned down a White House invitation for the town hall, according to Politico.