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ASSOCIATED PRESS Lime's Bayside Bar and Grill at the Marriott in Panama City Beach, Fla., where President Barack Obama, First lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha are luncing, is seen Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010. The Obamas are spending a weekend in Florida, part vacation, part sales pitch, as the president seeks to boost a tourism industry reeling after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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Even as the Obama administration calls on nations to secure religious freedoms globally, advocates say the effort would get a boost with more action and leadership from the United States itself. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS

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President Obama waves as he exits Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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President Obama hosts an iftar dinner, the meal that breaks the dawn-to-dusk fast for Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Obama asks voters to see the bright spots in the economy on Wednesday at the home of Rhonda and Joe Weithman in Columbus, Ohio. He says that will help the recovery.

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Illustration: Professor Obama

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President Barack Obama gestures while talking about the economy, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama meets with the Weithman family, from left, Rachel, 9, Joe, Rhonda and Josh, 11, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama walks with the Weithman family, from left, Rachel 9, Joe, Rhonda and Josh, 11, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama talks about the economy, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama gestures while talking about the economy, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama poses with guests in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, where he talked about the economy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Obama poses with residents of Columbus, Ohio, who participated in a backyard town-hall-style meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Obama meets with the Weithman family -- (from left) Rachel, 9; Joe; Rhonda; and Josh, 11 -- on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Laura Joseph lets the people waiting for her know she may be late after the float plane she was aboard bound for Kenmore Air Harbor, Wash. from Lake Chelan, Wash. was intercepted by two U.S. fighter jets as it entered air space restricted due to the visit of President Obama on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010 in Kenmore, Wash. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Dean Rutz)

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President Obama arrives at Port Columbus International Airport on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. He will meet with families on Wednesday to discuss the economy. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Barack Obama speaks at a fundraising event in Seattle, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010.

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President Obama stands with Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, during a fundraiser Tuesday in Seattle.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Obama and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett greet the crowd in the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee on Monday. Mr. Obama will visit several cities this week to campaign with one main message: Republicans don't solve problems.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Obama and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett greet the crowd in the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee on Monday. Mr. Obama will visit several cities this week to campaign with one main message: Republicans don't solve problems.