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from Tales from the Trail:

Obamas seek shrimp as rain lets up on Martha’s Vineyard

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The First Family took advantage of a break in the rainy weather on Martha's Vineyard Wednesday to escape their holiday farm and make their first public foray together.

They wound up at Nancy's seafood restaurant on the waterfront in the town of Oak Bluffs.
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First Lady Michelle Obama commiserated with the crowd after three solid days of driving rain that had kept holiday-makers, including the Obamas, holed up playing board games and reading books to make the most of their summer vacation.

"How you guys doing? Drying off? Finally," she asked restaurant guests, after shepherding her daughters Malia and Sasha into the restaurant for a late lunch with friends.

Complimented by a well-wisher on a purple-colored watch, she confided it was a present from the president, but hinted that he had gotten help in making the selection.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama unwinds into summer vacation, reading list revealed

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Finally,  the presidential summer reading list is revealed -- well, one book anyway.

OBAMA/President Barack Obama took his daughters book browsing on Day 2 of the First Family's summer vacation on the upscale Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard.

from Tales from the Trail:

For Obama, what’s bigger challenge — being a dad or being president?

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Barack Obama has a storied resume but the job he says is the hardest may surprise you: being a father.

OBAMAThe U.S. president, who has drawn headlines for pushing dads to be more involved in their children's lives, returned to the subject on Monday.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama’s oil oratory — Katrina, drill baby drill, boom and shave

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President Barack Obama, in his first formal press conference  in almost a year (since July), answered questions about his handling of the oil spill.

There was the one about Katrina comparisons. (Slow federal response to Hurricane Katrina turned into an albatross for former President George W. Bush). OIL-LEAK/OBAMA

from Tales from the Trail:

Washington blizzard finally gets respect from ‘flinty’ Obama

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President Barack Obama, who famously chided Washington for not being “flinty” enough in dealing with snow compared with his hometown Chicago, isn’t scoffing any more as a winter storm threatens to dump up to 30 inches on the U.S. capital this weekend.

WEATHER-USA/SNOW“I think even a transplanted Hawaiian to Chicago has sufficient respect for a forecast of nearly two feet of snow,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters as snowflakes fluttered against the window of his West Wing office.

from Tales from the Trail:

On Thanksgiving Eve, Obama family hits the Turkey line

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HandshakeThe First Family swooped in for a swift spot of volunteering Wednesday at Martha's Table, about two miles from the White House, handing out turkeys and groceries to a fast-moving line of the local needy.

On the eve of Thanksgiving, first lady Michelle warmly greeted people and handed them bags of fresh vegetables - she's big on eating right - while leaning over to gently pinch the face of her youngest daughter, Sasha.

from Tales from the Trail:

First children get new swing set

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A puppy isn't the only thing first children Sasha and Malia are getting to ease their transition to White House life.
 
A well-equipped playground set appeared outside the Oval Office Wednesday, complete with swings, slides, rope ladders, climbing slopes, clubhouse and crawl spaces.
 
The playground set was designed by Rainbow Play Systems.
 
The positioning should let President Barack Obama keep an eye on the children while working.
 
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Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (New swing set erected near Oval Office)

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama reveals motivation to daughters

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WASHINGTON -  You mean it wasn't just about the fun stuff on the campaign trail -- like junk food, picnics and parades?

Soon to be dad-in-chief, Barack Obama, explains to his young daughters why he ran for president  in an open letter published this week by Parade magazine.family

from Tales from the Trail:

Early move to Washington for Obama’s wife, daughters

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1CHICAGO - Barack Obama moves to Washington on Sunday -- 16 days before he is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

But his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia will beat him to their new home city.

from Tales from the Trail:

First Dog tradition to continue under Obama

WASHINGTON - Worry not dog lovers, the White House will still have a "First Dog" under a Barack Obama administration.******Obama had promised that whether or not he won the White House, his daughters Sasha and Malia could get a dog.******"Sasha and Malia, I love you both more than you can imagine.  And you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us," Obama said at the start of his victory speech. ******His predecessors dating back several administrations had dogs and yes, a few cats occupied the White House too.******Obama's running mate, Joe Biden, is also getting in on the act. He told reporters traveling with him earlier that his wife had promised him a "big dog" if he got elected.******Jill Biden had taped pictures of different dogs on the back of the seat in front of him on his campaign plane to inspire the candidate as he criss-crossed the country in the final sprint to election day.******"Jill had said the only way you are getting a dog is if you are president ... we didn't think about vice president," said Biden. "She said at least if you live in the White House you are home."******He dropped out of the presidential race but when Obama asked him to join the ticket, his wife Jill said if he did so she would let him have the dog he wanted.******Click here for more Reuters 2008 campaign coverage.******- Additional reporting by Sue Pleming******- Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama family emerges on stage at victory rally in Chicago)

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