The First Family will visit the Gulf Coast this weekend. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)
(CNN) - President Obama and his family will travel to the Gulf Coast this weekend to support businesses that rely on tourists but have been devastated by the oil disaster.
The family will leave Saturday morning for Panama City Beach, Florida.
"Even as the president talks about what our next steps are in our response, obviously part of this will be highlighting the tremendous economic toll that has taken place," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters earlier this week.