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President Barack Obama waves goodbye to the crowd at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.

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Scott McIntyre/Staff President Barack Obama waves goodbye to the crowd at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.

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President Barack Obama waves goodbye to the crowd at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Cliff Suggs, of Naples, waits in line to see President Barack Obama at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012. 'Everyday I wear an Obama shirt,' Suggs said.
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People wait in line to see President Barack Obama at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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People wait in line to see President Barack Obama at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Bob Geltner, of Fort Myers, cools off with a bottle of water while waiting in line to see President Barack Obama at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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People wait in line to see President Barack Obama at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Marty Miller, middle, of Sarasota, sales buttons to people waiting in line to see President Barack Obama at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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People wait in line to see President Barack Obama at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Margie Vincent, of Fort Myers, shows off buttons she sales before the arrival of President Barack Obama at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Marty Miller, of Sarasota, sales buttons to people waiting in line to see President Barack Obama at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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People begin to make their way in to see President Barack Obama at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Gregory Johnson, of Port Charlotte, waits to see President Barack Obama at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Kylie Junghans, 9, of Fort Myers, waits in line to see President Barack Obama at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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People wait in line to see President Barack Obama at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Jorene Spencer, from left, Sheila Rothchild, Margie Davis, and Marge Lewis, all of Naples, wait in line to see President Barack Obama at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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- Law enforcement officers view the tarmac and surrounding area as they wait for President Barack Obama to arrive at Southwest Florida International Airport on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Fort Myers.
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- President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One at Southwest Florida International Airport on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Fort Myers.
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- President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One at Southwest Florida International Airport on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Fort Myers.
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- President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One at Southwest Florida International Airport on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Fort Myers.
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- A door on Air Force One is prepared for President Barack Obama's arrival at Southwest Florida International Airport on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Fort Myers.
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- President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One at Southwest Florida International Airport on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Fort Myers.
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- President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One at Southwest Florida International Airport on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Fort Myers.
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President Barack Obama addresses the crowd at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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President Barack Obama addresses the crowd at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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President Barack Obama addresses the crowd at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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President Barack Obama bows his head during a moment of silence while speaking at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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President Barack Obama addresses the crowd at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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President Barack Obama attempts to quiet the crowd's cheers at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Supporters and Protesters argue outside the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers while waiting to see President Barack Obama on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Daniel Linehan, of Fort Myers, and his son, Ryan, wait to try and catch a glimpse of President Barack Obama outside the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012. 'You don't often see a president in you lifetime,' Linehan said.
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Protesters opposite to the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers chant and show sign in opposition of President Barack Obama on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Chris Cammarota, of Cape Coral,  a protester dressed in colonial attire addresses other protesters after President Barack Obama arrived at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012. 'We're just trying to do the right thing,' Cammarota said.
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Protesters wait for President Barack Obama to make his way out of the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Alfredo Gude, of Cape Coral, displays a sign he made in opposition to President Barack Obama at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012. 'I'm concerned this country will come to and end,' Gude said.
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Trash overflows out of a garbage can after supporters entered the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers to hear President Barack Obama on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Carl Veaux, of Fort Myers, in line at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Fernando Ferrarone, 16, traveled from Miami and was supposed to play his saxophone for President Barack Obama during his rally at Harborside Convention Center, but because of the shooting in Colorado, Obama's visit was cut short and Ferrarone was unable to play.
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Horace Johnson, of Fort Myers, in line at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012. Johnson says that he likes President Obama because he gives an equal chance for everyone.
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Chris Black, right, his wife Lydia and their daughter Emerson, 6, met President Barack Obama at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Bleachers that were filled with people quickly became vacant after President Barack Obama's speech at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Secret service agents patrolled the stage area keeping their watch as President Barack Obama addresses the crowd at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Phyllis Fields-Rayner, top left, gets Sylvauna Turner's, 8, hair ready before they go into Harborside Convention Center to see President Barack Obama. Fields-Rayner arrived with a group of children from her camp, Vocabularian-Payts Kinderschool, at 5:40 A.M. to make sure they had a good spot to see the President.
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President Barack Obama waves to the crowd before he takes the stage at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Priscilla Perez-McGuire claps along with other people in line while singing cheers for President Barack Obama while they wait in line at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Allen Combs, left, tries to shield the rising sun from his eyes while Darcey Kinser plays with her daughter Victoria Kinser, 8, while waiting in line to see President Barack Obama at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers on Friday July 20, 2012.
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Phyllis Fields-Rayner, top left, gets Sylvauna Turner's, 8, hair ready before they go into Harborside Convention Center to see President Barack Obama. Fields-Rayner arrived with a group of children from her camp, Vocabularian-Payts Kinderschool, at 5:40 A.M. to make sure they had a good spot to see the President.
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- Law enforcement officers monitor the tarmac and surrounding area as they wait for President Barack Obama to depart from Southwest Florida International Airport on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Fort Myers.
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- Air Force One sits on the tarmac at Southwest Florida International Airport during a visit from President Barack Obama on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Fort Myers.
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- Members of the media anticipate President Barack Obama's return to Air Force One at Southwest Florida International Airport on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Fort Myers.
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- NBC-2 reporter Stacey Deffenbaugh narrates the scene around Air Force One as members of the media anticipate the departure of President Barack Obama at Southwest Florida International Airport on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Fort Myers.
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- A crew member of Air Force One stands at his post in anticipation for President Barack Obama's departure from Southwest Florida International Airport on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Fort Myers.
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- President Barack Obama boards Air Force One to depart from Southwest Florida International Airport on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Fort Myers.
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- President Barack Obama boards Air Force One to depart from Southwest Florida International Airport on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Fort Myers.
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- Air Force One departs from Southwest Florida International Airport on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Fort Myers.

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