Obama family heads for first trip to presidential retreat

February 7, 2009

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.

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I’m glad — aren’t you? — that we have a good family in the White House. Too bad about the obstructionist republicans in congress!


Posted by nell post | Report as abusive

What a beautiful family.

Posted by effymens | Report as abusive

The Bush family was beautiful also. So the tradition continues…

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

My prayers go with this wholesome and well-motivated family. I hope weekend breaks will continue throughout the presidency – so important for a growing family.

Posted by Jacob Froese | Report as abusive

We all should enjoy life. Good!

Posted by Wang Xu | Report as abusive

Mr. Obama should not feel “cooped up”. He has lots of work to do, no time to pander to his feelings. I understand, as I too feel ackward, when I am away from home.

Posted by dyjackson | Report as abusive

so president obama is going bact to chicago next week end,it will interesting to see who is on his guest list,he has to be careful because now he is in the spot light,but his shady friends will be kept well away.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Wow 3 weeks in to his Presidentcy and he needs a berak? Com on you wanted to get stuff done. So man up and get things going.

Posted by J | Report as abusive