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The Cabinet decamps to Camp David

By Ed O'Keefe

An official White House portrait of the Obama Cabinet taken in April 2009.

Eye Opener

President Obama hosted members of his Cabinet and their families at Camp David on Sunday, the first time he's hosted top appointees at the presidential retreat.

Vice President Biden and his wife, Jill, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis were among those that made the trip to Maryland, according to aides who replied to an e-mail inquiry about Sunday's gathering. (The White House wouldn't say if everyone attended.) Salazar attended solo, Locke brought his wife and three children and Solis took her sister, Anna, according to aides.

The Obamas have hosted cocktail parties and dinners for the Cabinet, but this was the first social gathering at Camp David, the White House said. On the weekends Obama is known to spend some of his downtime on the basketball court with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and at the golf course with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. The president and first lady also have dined out in Washington with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and his wife, Sharon Malone.

Franklin D. Roosevelt selected what was then known as Camp Hi-Catoctin as the official presidential retreat in 1942. He called the site Shangri-La, but Dwight D. Eisenhower christened it Camp David in honor of his grandson.

Eisenhower also hosted the first Cabinet meeting at Camp David on Aug. 11, 1954, according to presidential historian Martha Kumar.

"Ike intended it to be more than just the meeting, which was to be held in late morning, and then everyone would stay for light lunch, afternoon hanging around the pool, and then followed by dinner there," said Kumar, a Towson University political science professor who's archived the history of presidential transitions and press conferences.

Eisenhower held meetings at Camp David with the National Security Council and Cabinet in 1955, shortly after a heart attack. The NSC met on Nov. 21 and the Cabinet on the 22nd. Officials who were members of the NSC and Cabinet spent the evening of the 21st with Eisenhower at Camp David, Kumar said.

Many presidents have allowed Cabinet secretaries and their families to use the retreat on weekends when the First Family doesn't plan to visit.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 4, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Salazar atttended solo? Couldn't he find a high-level BP executive to be his escort?

Posted by: blackforestcherry | October 4, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

But, Why is The Anti-Christ Obama Destroying America. If you truly want to know what is going on; Then you will have to accept these things as the TRUTH. Once you understand the following things; All things will be understood. So I tell you Obama is Satan on Earth, Lawless One, or what ever else you want to call this Demonic Figure. His words describe him, He is a False Hope, If you listen to him you will love him. He carries a Bow without an Arrow. He will conquer all through his speech, his false hoods will capture all who sit and listen to him.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Posted by: makom | October 4, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

They make me sick........they can't stay in Washington and vote on the tax cuts, but they can go party.

They can't call bills before Congress that may create jobs, like the S. 3939 that Sen. Snowe introduced. but they will spend a hundred thousand dollars to hear what a comedian thinks about illegals.

Go figure.

Posted by: paulann1 | October 4, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

WOW, what a surprise, Obama is on vacation again. And this time his whole staff is there too! That's a good use of federal funds. Its not like they do anything while in Washington, what will being in Camp David accomplish? Nothing, except the spending of more and more of our taxes. Maybe they can figure out how to spend less on themselves and create more jobs for the people they are there to serve! Stupid liberals!!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | October 4, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Salazar atttended solo? Couldn't he find a Cape Wind executive to be his escort? Gee, I bet Deval Patrick would've gone.

Posted by: JonFox1 | October 4, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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