John Phoebus isn’t asking for the moon. He only wants President Barack Obama to cancel an upcoming vacation and send the $4 million it will cost to Somerset County for disaster relief.

“It highlights how little it will take to fix Crisfield,” he said.

After Phoebus and the rest of Somerset learned this week the county had been denied help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, he decided to appeal it straight to the White House — or at least to

The organizer of a volunteer hurricane recovery group in Crisfield, Phoebus said he recently met with city officials to estimate the cost of fixing all the houses damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

“It’s amazingly close to what taxpayers are spending to send the president to Hawaii,” he said.

Phoebus created an online petition on the White House website and by Thursday afternoon — less than 24 hours after it was created — it had 638 signatures, some of them from as far away as Texas, California and Nevada.

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