Obama family heads for first trip to presidential retreat
In another first for the new First Family, President Barack Obama and his brood left the White House on Saturday for a helicopter trip to Camp David, the presidential retreat outside Washington.
Dressed casually and looking relaxed, Obama left the executive mansion with his wife Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, mother-in-law Marian Robinson and an unidentified friend of the girls.
They boarded the awaiting helicopter and took off over the White House grounds. Spectators gathered outside the gates to watch.
The president and his family planned to stay at the retreat in Maryland until Sunday afternoon.
Camp David, in Catoctin Mountain Park, has been used as a relaxation spot for presidents since the era of Franklin Roosevelt and also hosts foreign leaders for visits and summits.
Obama has indicated he feels cooped up a bit in the White House, which the family has lived in for just over two weeks.
If he misses the travel of the presidential campaign, next week will feel familiar. Obama embarks on a roadshow of sorts on Monday to advocate for his economic stimulus package, with stops planned in Indiana and Florida.
And next weekend? Obama plans to go home to Chicago.