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The First Family flew to Maine on Friday for a weekend of biking, hiking and taking in the beautiful views of Acadia National Park, located on Mount Desert Island.
President Obama flew into Bar Harbor Airport with First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia and Sasha on a smaller Gulf Stream jet, instead of a larger Air Force 1. A group of staffers, and Bo, the Obama dog, arrived on a second Gulf Stream.
President Obama and family in MaineThe day: The family jumped into vacation activities, heading to Acadia National Park where they pedaled away on a 90 minute bike ride. They headed to the top of Cadillac Mountain -- the highest point highest elevation point on the Atlantic Coast at 1,500 feet, according to a sign noted by the White House pool.
At mid-afternoon, the Obamas motorcaded down Cadillac Mountain to downtown Bar Harbor, about a 15 minute trip, and stopped at the Mount Desert Island Ice Cream shop.
A small crowd gathered outside while the first family was inside the shop. Then, Malia, Sasha and the First Lady exited the ice cream shop ahead of the president, cones in hand. The president soon came out and walked over to chat with a group of five young women standing at the corner.
A National Park Service boat ride around Frenchman Bay followed, with White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, a close personal friend of the family, joining the group. The boat docked at downtown Bar Harbor and the Obamas and Jarrett headed to a restaurant named Stewman's -- the last stop of the day.

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I keep reading posts about vacations. Since when is going away for a weekend, when working people are normally off of work anyway, a vacation?

July 18 2010 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Derrick Anthony

Nice Picture!

July 17 2010 at 9:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Good for the President. All Presidents take vacations. Its necessary for them to be fresh and shake off the burn out of such a demanding 24/7 pressure cooker job. What's the issue, the Gulf Oil Crisis is out of his hands at this point...congress is still deadlocked on unemployment..what's gonna be affected by him spending a couple of days with his family? Thank you for Mr. President for trying to turn around all of these messes and for trying to advance the country inspite of such overwhelming opposition...and I wish you luck on the many issues that will still be waiting for you when you return home.

July 17 2010 at 9:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Derrick Anthony

I agree. And he does his job with a big smile and is always upbeat, no matter what. His love for his country and its citizens, is evident, when he gives the hugs, handshakes, smiles and showing of respect and giving of thanks to everyone he comes across, whether it's on the streets are in the workplace. He's Genuine!

July 17 2010 at 9:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Derrick Anthony

Our President has a tough job, that he's not complaining about. The First Lady is doing a great job! Let them ENJOY their time away from Washington, DC with their Daughters. Everyone deserves time away. There are others hired, and being paid well, to hold down the fort. Give it a rest, now!

July 17 2010 at 9:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Passing pork filled Bill , and bad for America Bills , plus the Government take over of health care , as well as blaming the Republicans , Bush , and real patriotic Americans to distract from all of this immoral corruption....takes a lot out of you ...or something.

July 17 2010 at 8:38 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Derrick Anthony


July 17 2010 at 8:00 PM Report abuse -11 rate up rate down Reply

Gosh, I would like to take a vacation, but I don't have a job and thus no money.
Wish Obama would be more focused on the worries of the country he is Prez instead of photo-opts of him vacation. I'm sure the Gulf people would love to see the vacation pics.

July 17 2010 at 7:49 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
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Derrick Anthony

Can't expect a good job, without a good education. That's how it works in this country. The "people of the Gulf", have nothing to do, with anyone taking a vacation.

July 17 2010 at 7:55 PM Report abuse -11 rate up rate down Reply

So is your solution that he should never take a vacation because you're unable to take a vacation? Should he stay at his desk until everyone has a job? That's not practical or realistic.

July 17 2010 at 10:00 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Derrick Anthony

Who started the war, who lost the jobs, who squandered our tax dollars, who put us where we are?

Who stepped in to end the war, who is trying to get the jobs back, who is giving tax credits and trying to stimulate the economy, who spilled the oil, who is supposed to fix the oil problem, how is the President supposed to stop this oil, when experts can't? Why should he spend his vacation money for something he didn't do? He let the oil spill go on. So, you're saying he could have dove 1 mile down and plug this thing himself? Okay, you win.

July 17 2010 at 7:46 PM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply

What't he done in less then two years to deserve a vacation? I'll tell you nothing! Were still at war
People are still out of work, where are the jobs he created?
People are still on unemployment
People are still loosing on medical, thanks to the new bill, no choice
the man let the oil spill go on, and on, until he got flak from his own party. Obama Katrina. He should go and put the vacation money in the gulf.

July 17 2010 at 7:37 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply

Obama wants us to see the play by play, or he wouldn't take a camera crew along. Who the heck goes to the mountains in a white dress shirt and slacks? I'll tell you a man who knows he's picture is being taken that who.

July 17 2010 at 7:34 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
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Derrick Anthony

I go on vacation wearing the same things. That is how decent Human Beings do it.

July 17 2010 at 7:47 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply

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