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Miller laments not seeing president

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. couldn't contain his disappointment Thursday that President Barack Obama didn’t stop by the State House when he was in Annapolis the day before.

The president met for about two hours Wednesday with U.S. Senate Democrats during their two-day annual retreat at the Westin Annapolis hotel, which is about a mile from the State House. Roads near the hotel were closed during his visit, and he made no public appearances around town. The State House area, meanwhile, was thronged at the time by 1,500 or more people, most of them protesting gun-control legislation being heard that day.

But at the end of Thursday’s state Senate session, Miller told reporters he thought the White House should have arranged for Obama to pay his respects at the capitol of one of the most Democratic states in the nation.

“It was an opportunity lost,” Miller said. “The president should have taken advantage of it. …It would have been a half-hour out of his way to come here.”

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