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So, Who's Bringing the S'mores?

President Obama salutes as he and daughter Sasha exit Marine One. The Obama family had just returned from a mid-July trip to Camp David. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

By Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger
Obama's summer White House? Camp David.

Ronald Reagan went to California, George W. Bush loved his shrubs in Crawford, Tex., and President Obama originally thought Illinois would be home base for his R&R. "Let me explain to you," he told the Chicago Tribune in December. "My Kennebunkport is on the South Side of Chicago." But, as he quickly discovered, he can't go home again -- at least, not without the hassle of bringing the White House operation with him.

Never mind that: Camp David has turned out to be a big hit with the first family. Michelle Obama was advised by former first ladies to go "early and often" to the "one place you can go where you feel some level of freedom and an ability to breathe." Since the family's first visit in February, the president has spent all or part of 15 days at the Maryland retreat, according to CBS's Mark Knoller, and his wife and daughters even more.

"We love Camp David, and we'll probably end up spending quite a bit of time up there during this summer," Obama said last month. "If Michelle and I had our way, we'd go there every weekend."

The combination of amenities (guest cabins, golf, pool, tennis, movies, biking) and privacy on the isolated military camp has proved ideal: Both Sasha and Malia hosted birthday parties for friends, the president has worked on his golf game and the family currently worships at Evergreen Chapel, the nondenominational church on the grounds.

The place has many charms: "Snow was poetic;summer and the flowers and flowering trees -- like picture postcards," one guest who visited during the Bush administration told us. "And near 'bout any activity you can imagine -- a gym, pool, tennis courts, putting green, skeet, archery, family movie theater. ... When there were the few hours of downtime, the downtime was sweet because of the privacy. As close as we were, we all felt a million miles away from Washington."

Sounds almost perfect -- except there's no beach. So the Obamas have announced one other destination this summer: They're heading to Martha's Vineyard at the end of August.

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Posted at 10:22 AM ET on Jul 24, 2009  | Category:  Washington Life
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What to do when waiting for the SIXTEENTH International Apology Tour?

Vacation! :-(

When not Campaigning, Apologizing, Sightseeing, Rubbing Shoulders with Leftist Leaders, Kissing up to Muslim Leaders-Or Muslims in General;

I guess he does manage to get Dates and Meals in! :-/

WORST President EVER!

Rome Burns while "Zero" Fiddles!

Posted by: SAINT---The | July 26, 2009 4:16 PM


cc: R. Emanuel, D. Axelrod, V. Jarrett

Urgently suggest switch from Martha's Vinyard to Jersey Shore.

Remember John Kerry windsurfing gaffe.

Proletarian venue would ensure against "elitist" charge. Martha's Vinyard: HUGE political miscue!

And "down-a-shore," as the natives say, Jon Corzine needs help, big-time.


1. Atlantic City. Fading "gem" of the East Coast could use a boost; boardwalk sure to please Sasha and Melia. Casino industry: big contributors.

2. Wildwood. Adjacent to U.S. Coast Guard training center, military photo op. Near Cape May, historic Victorian village, lighthouse. Acceptably high-brow.

3. Ocean Grove. Far-right religious fundamentalists could benefit sociologically from having to open their accommodations to a more diverse clientele.

4. Asbury Park. Undergoing urban revival; would help generate positive media coverage of stimulus dollars at work. Nighttime double-date date with Michelle and Springsteens at famous "Stone Pony" shore bar.

Again, Mr. President: A Martha's Vinyard excursion sends all the WRONG messages.

Keep it real down-a-shore in Jersey.


White ethnic minority's "Prof. Gates Moment":

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 24, 2009 1:24 PM

All work and no play.. not good for anyone. Glad to know Camp David fits the billing. Not to mention it provides RR with some needed privacy.

With the job and agenda he has, the President chose a place that gives him support, rest mentally/physically.

Our expectations are high for 'good results." May Camp David help!

Posted by: Victoria5 | July 24, 2009 10:52 AM

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