On Friday the 13th, Obama tours Tampa, Florida. Not surprisingly, Gov. Rick Scott will not meet the president, despite both men crossing paths at the airport today. While Barack talks about jobs, the governor has a jobs initiative of his own. Is this partisan politics or bad scheduling?
A lot of things are happening on this ghoulish day first recognized in the 1860s, and made famous by a horror movie. Perhaps the 13th of Friday is merely an amalgamation of a pair of early superstitions: Friday is an “unlucky” day, and 13 is an “unlucky” number.
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Nonetheless, as luck would have it, Obama is visiting Tampa on the same day the Boston Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays in its home opener at Fenway Park.
And get this: The superstitious Friday the 13th not only marks the president’s visit to Tampa; it also takes place on National Scrabble Day. Who knew there was a holiday dedicated to a game with planks, and bad attempts at making words fit the English language? Perhaps that is where George Bush concocted the word “strategery” and Sarah Palin created the now-famous “refudiate.”
Nevertheless, while the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox opener is all about the limitations of scheduling (someone has to be home, the other away), it reeks of partisan politics when Rick Scott — governor of a swing state, mind you — passes on the opportunity to meet face to face with the President of the United States. Where is the hospitality?
Obama is in town on Friday the 13th today, and will tour the Port of Tampa. While there, he will give a speech on how small businesses in the US can establish trade relations with Central and South America, citing a WTSP report on 4/13/12.
Just a few miles away — at the same airport the president lands Air Force One — Gov. Rick Scott is hosting his eighth Let’s Get to Work Day. At the Tampa Bay International Airport, Scott will be a skycap and work behind several airline ticket counters. Ironically, both leaders are talking about job initiatives. Perhaps it makes sense to combine their efforts?
To his credit, Rick Scott planned his event weeks ago, while Obama announced his plans to visit Tampa Bay only days ago, according to the governor’s spokesperson. While the governor doesn’t see eye to eye with the president on a number of issues, he is still a hospitable leader and fine human being.
What does the superstitious Friday the 13th hold for Obama, Rick Scott, and the Tampa Bay Rays today? Will both men drive their message home? Will the Rays get a win on the road at Fenway Park?
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