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President Obama skips OTC on Texas Trip

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When President Barack Obama wanted to talk about creating new jobs he came to the right state, but arguably chose the wrong city.

"If he's coming to Texas, this is the place to be," said Teneea Tate, a Houstonian and participant at the Offshore Technology Conference.

Bold statement? Maybe.

But consider this, better than one out every three new jobs created in this country over the last decade were generated by the energy industry.

Last year alone it paid a quarter trillion dollars in wages to Americans and energy companies are still posting help wanted signs.

Yet when the leader of the free world came to Texas to talk good paying employment, the OTC wasn't on his itinerary.

"Just his face and just his presence here would have spoken volumes," said Brian Andurs, an energy industry veteran and OTC participant.

Among the tens of thousands attending this years OTC was University of Houston Geology Student Samantha Cunningham who after Saturday's graduation will be looking for a livelihood.

"I am surprised he (Obama) didn't come. Just to see what new technology is out here. To see how to make our environment safer while drilling oil and finding new energy sources. Yes, I'm surprised," said Cunningham.

Oil and gas production manager James Thompson says the President missed an important opportunity.

"Broaden his horizon, learn more about the industry and you can open up more jobs here for the American people," said Thompson.

Others viewed an Obama appearance as a chance to mend fences with an industry he felt compelled to reign in after the BP spill.

"I understand the point he is trying to make with the new safety laws that are being implemented considering all the tragedies that we've had. His presence would have made a difference," said Andurs.

The folks who run the OTC didn't like the questions Fox 26 was asking about the president's absence and asked us to stop.

We did, but not before gathering many opinions that reflect those of Samantha Cunningham.

"He should of been here to support what drives our country," she said.



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