April 16th, 2010
05:58 PM ET
5 years ago

Obamas to vacation in North Carolina

The first family is shown here in a 2009 photo leaving Air Force One upon arrival in Hawaii for vacation.
The first family is shown here in a 2009 photo leaving Air Force One upon arrival in Hawaii for vacation.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is taking his family on a mini-vacation to Asheville, North Carolina, next weekend, the White House confirmed in a statement.

Obama had been planning to take his wife and two daughters on an official trip to Indonesia and Australia late last month that coincided with spring break for Sasha and Malia.

But the trip was scrapped because the health care debate kept the President pinned down in Washington, so First Lady Michelle Obama took the girls to New York for a few days instead. The entire family has not had a vacation together since the holidays in Hawaii.

Obama, who will vacation in Western North Carolina from Friday until Sunday, has sweet memories of the state dating back to the 2008 campaign.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Friday that Obama has not been in Asheville - a picturesque city nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains - since October 2008, when he prepped for a presidential debate with Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and spoke to a crowd of about 28,000 at a huge rally less than a month before the election.

Obama ended up carrying North Carolina in the general election, the first Democrat to do so since Jimmy Carter in 1976.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. JES

    Can't you just work every now in then.

    Every time I look you are off on vacation or bowing down to other countrys.

    April 16, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Brian

    So sad for the Obamas. They haven't had a vacation together since DECEMBER. What about all the families in America that haven't had a vacation since he assumed office in Jan 09 because of his disastrous fiscal policies? I understand those in the media are insulated from the recession and extremely well-paid, so you probably feel their pain of not vacationing for an entire quarter. Meanwhile the rest of us are worried about jobs and where the next meal will come from while Obama presses ahead with his leftist job-killing agenda. 2012 cannot come soon enough....maybe once the President is unemployed, he'll empathize with the plight of those suffering under his incompetence. What a joke.

    April 16, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  3. aaron

    Oh, the poor Obama's haven't have a vacation together since the holidays? Give me a break. The average person/family is lucky if they can take a vacation once a year. Must be nice to plan extravagant vacations quarterly.

    April 16, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. ib

    Obama the cap and trade president living like a king at our expense plus leaving a carbon footprint even Al Gore will have a tough time matching. Hyprocrite.

    April 16, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. FL

    Seriously who writes this stuf. "HAS SWEET MEMORIES OF THE STATE DATING BACK TO THE 2008 campaign..". Is JOURNALISM? They actually Studied JOURNALISM and write articles like this? This is nothing more than propaganda. Seriously read some things published in state controlled countries and you can clearly see the news media has become oboma's lap dog.

    April 16, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Michael, Phoenix AZ

    Guess Pres Obama will not be photo opting on a ranch "cutting" brush....by the way how many vacations did Bush take during his first year and half in office?

    April 16, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Andy

    They will not want to leave,western N.C. is like a little slice of heaven,just beautiful country.Pisgah National Forest/Asheville/Blue Ridge Parkway is outstanding.

    April 16, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Donnatella

    North Carolina my favorite place in the whole world.

    April 16, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. annie against biased news

    Another vacation?

    April 16, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  10. Capt. Snarky

    How many vacations is that now? And foreign trips? I know the Left kept a close eye on how many times Bush went on vaca.......

    Just wonderin.......................

    April 16, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Louise in NC

    His family will enjoy the visit. This is the most peaceful, restful,breathtaking scenic places in the world. I always feel like a new person when I visit there!

    April 16, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Chris

    Vacationing for only a few days? Bush would have taken a whole month off. But I"m sure those on the Right will still criticize Obama for it. I still hear Right Wingers complaining that he had the gall to take a week off at Christmas.

    April 16, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. JoJo

    No speeches for few days. That's a relief. Everytime I turned a news channel last week he was on talking about something.

    April 16, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  14. Proud Carolina Independent

    Welcome Mr. President. A lot of us disagree with you, but you are still welcome to enjoy our gorgeous blue skies, friendly citizens and patriotic Americans.

    April 16, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Ann

    "The entire family has not had a vacation together since the holidays in Hawaii".

    And when was that? a couple of months ago, right? How many vacations do ordinary Americans have? Can you imagine how the Obamas are sacrificing their vacation for these ungrateful Americans? What are you doing guys, just pay some taxes there and offer a vacation to Obamas.

    April 16, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. Desmond in Canada

    Obama really needs a big break from the crappy politics he has to deal with. His opponents are clearly very very sore whiners who will not stop their bitter invective until they get back power. No politics is as messed up as that of the USA. Obama should give up on them and come and be the head of government of Canada, or of any other country for that matter.

    April 16, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. m smith

    Gosh a three day vacation! Im sure the repos will have something to complaine about. It is a good thing to spend time with family and the first family is a good example for everyone. It will also be good for the economy of Asheville.

    April 16, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. victor0803

    it's a welcome development

    April 16, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Have a great vacation Mr. President and family, you all deserve it. I think I'll plan my vacation in the great State of North Carolina.

    April 16, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Debby

    Oh the poor Obama's haven't had a vacation in 3 months. At least they are going close and not having us pay for his plane fuel to Hawaii.

    April 16, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. Independent In NC For President Obama

    Welcome to NC, our President and First Family. You will love Asheville, it is beautiful.

    April 16, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  22. NC-Pub "no" more

    Welcome to North Carolina... home of the National Champion Duke Blue Devils.

    April 16, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  23. Karl

    I'm proud of this President. Through the thick of it, he maintains his focus to put this country back on the right track. ...no pun intended. He deserves some rest with his family. If I remember correctly, the previous administration was on vacation more than 33% of that administration. Think about that. And much of that vacation was during periods of emergency this country experienced, i.e. Katrina and the gulf coast...New Orleans; and the two wars waged, with one clearly unwarranted. Just my thoughts.

    April 16, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. HypocriCNN

    You've More Than Earned A Well Deserve It Mr. President, First Lady And First Family!

    April 16, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. HonestMistake

    "The entire family has not had a vacation together since the holidays in Hawaii." That is awful – three and a half months and no family vacation – the horrors!

    April 16, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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