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In the wake of the BP oil spill, both President Obama and First Lady Michelle have made separate trips to Florida to encourage tourists to visit -- with Mrs. Obama delivering a speech Tuesday on a still pristine beach. For their own vacations, the First Family is heading to Maine this weekend and likely will return to Martha's Vineyard for an extended stay in August.

The Obamas arrived Friday at Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park, with the family flying to the Bar Harbor Airport. They return to Washington on Sunday.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked at Wednesday's briefing why the Obamas chose Maine -- home to two GOP senators, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, being wooed to vote on the pending financial regulations overhaul bill.

Gibbs recalled that last year, the Obama family highlighted national parks in the West: Last August, they visited Yellowstone National Park as part of a swing to Bozeman, Mont., Grand Junction, Col., the Grand Canyon and Phoenix.

"I think the First Family enjoyed immensely the trip out West last year. . . . I remember going on that trip, and you're obviously struck by the beauty of our national park system. This builds off of that in Maine," he said.

Asked what the Obamas will be doing, Gibbs said, "I think you'll see hiking and I think you'll see them spend a lot of time outside."

And did Collins or Snowe encourage them to go there?

Gibbs said, "I would hope that that was probably the case. I know he talked to both of them to let them know he would be coming."

So far in the summer of 2010, the Obamas spent a long Memorial Day weekend in Chicago and traveled to the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland for a few days before returning to the White House for July 4 celebrations. And Mrs. Obama took daughters Sasha and Malia and her mother, Marian Robinson, to Los Angeles for a vacation in June.

While the August vacation plans have not been announced, West Wing sources told Politics Daily the family enjoyed their visit last August to Martha's Vineyard and are very likely to return again this summer.

Mrs. Obama's Tuesday trip to Panama City Beach and her husband's trip to Pensacola last month had similar messages: Tourists can still find plenty to do in Florida, and many areas are not impacted by the oil spill still gushing in the Gulf of Mexico.
On Tuesday, Gibbs was asked why the First Family was not vacationing in the Sunshine State after encouraging other people to go.
"Look," he answered, "the key is, for the First Lady and for everybody that travels there -- I have friends that e-mailed me also from Panama City that they had been down just this past week and not seen oil, not dealt with oil on the beach. And I think sometimes the pictures have led people to believe that oil may be where they were planning on vacationing.

"And I think the First Lady's message and the message of a lot of people has been that the Gulf is -- having vacationed there myself -- is a beautiful place and it's open for business."

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Tutu

One thing for certain, when the average family takes a vacation they pay for it out of their pociet. When the 1st family goes on vacation the tax payer picks upmost of the tab...trasportation, lodging, security, the press, etc. HMMM since they tend to eat a lot of ice cream cones...just who pays for them?? Us I guess.

July 18 2010 at 2:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
glaimc863

can't wait till the whole lot of the first family and mother-in-law are out of the white house, sick of hearing about them and how they are useing our tax money to take all these vacation's, with mother-in-law in tow at our expence.....

July 17 2010 at 6:37 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
taggman41ed

Hope you know marthas vineyard is not in maine

July 17 2010 at 5:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Nicole

I know, right? Can't even get their facts straight! (For those of you who don't know, Maine is actually a part of Massachusetts).

July 18 2010 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
normwood

Who Cares where vacations?

July 17 2010 at 5:18 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
feeberoo

How many vacations do they take a year? The average person only gets a certain amount of weeks and when those are done-vacation is over (that is if they are fortunate enough to be working). I'm sure that he does have matters to attend to even while vacationing; however, the cost in airplanes, staff movement, equipment movement, vehicle movement, etc. must be phenomenal. I think we are probably paying for that. I don't begrudge anyone a vacation and I know the Presidency is a high stress job, but if we are supposed to stop the waste, then I feel that they must do likewise.

July 17 2010 at 4:45 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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Allison

The Obamas take a total of 6 weeks a year for vacation and they pay for everything, including the secret service and travel, out of their own pockets. The 6 weeks is part of the perks package as president.

Regan took 30 weeks a year for vacation as president, 80% of itspent at Camp David. Bush Sr, 18 weeks a year at either Camp David or in Maine. Bush Jr, 25 weeks a year, all but 8 weeks at his Crawford ranch (3 weeks he was in Maine at the family compound). FYI...none of these presidents paid for anything vacation related out of their own pockets, especially security. Almost all used AF-1 or AF-2 (the helicopter) for their personal transportation.

July 17 2010 at 7:34 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
staurus24

What is a vacation? Never had one. Maybe Obama and his family will invite me to go along with them, no such luck. I would like to know what a vacation feels like. Obama remember when you are on vacation, some of us has never been that lucky to experience the word "vacation". Moving from Chicago to DC should be enough vacation for him and his family. Besides, there are alot of sites to see in DC without having to take a flight to wonderland.

July 17 2010 at 5:32 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
pnappleprincess

For god's sake - nobody would go to Florida in mid-summer on purpose! Give the guy a break. I'd imagine he's working, vacation or not, while he's away from Washington. He certainly doesn't need to be behind a desk in DC in order to do his work. I'll bet he even has a phone & computer where he's going!

July 16 2010 at 10:58 PM Report abuse -48 rate up rate down Reply
ewaynee

If you can do better being the president, then run for office. If you think that you can make everbody happy, go for it. Its a free country and he has the right to vacation were he wants. The last I recall, the reason so many people are looking for jobs is because of corperate greed such as Eron, subprime mortgages, bad bank loans, etc. I dont understand why people are mad with the government. The system works or millions more would be looking for work. I wonder how many saw the writing on the wall as far as there job goes, did you try to improve your skills by going back to school to get a degree or maybe try moving to another state. Government did not cause this mess, de-regulation did!

July 16 2010 at 10:56 PM Report abuse -40 rate up rate down Reply
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Blessed

ewaynee THANK YOU! I have been saying the same thing to people since way before this mess began about going to school and bettering ones self! Now I know people in their 50's who are going to our local Tech taking a whole new course in life at the very same time their 20 something year old kids are going and I think it's beautiful! As a family they are learning to live within differnt means ( off the severance pay from the job Dad lost at AIG ) and the kids are seeing you're never too old to start over and while charting a different course may be a bit scary-everything will always be ok. I hope anyone who has been affected by the job losses will take advantage of the educational opportunities out there and approach the challenge with courage and an open mind knowing they can do anything and be anything they desire no matter their age-this is still America! God Bless US!

July 17 2010 at 1:42 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
EndDaze

Why is Obama non-deserving of a vacation? G.W. Bush took 977 days of vacation which equals 1/3 of his presidency. Just imagine how much worse we'd be if Bush "worked" those 2 3/4 years, he might have succeeded in totally destroying us.

July 16 2010 at 10:32 PM Report abuse -51 rate up rate down Reply
bassn55

When the Obama's catch up to the Bushes vacations that the tax payers footed the bill for , then come back and whine about it ...

July 16 2010 at 10:18 PM Report abuse -51 rate up rate down Reply

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