11:00 a.m. - – After a bustling week of 'firing up' the Democratic base in backyard chats and rallies, President Obama will spend the weekend off the trail and out of the fray at Camp David with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia.
The brief respite comes as the 2010 midterm elections loom ever closer, and both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to hit the campaign trail yet again next week.
Thurday Obama heads to Prince George's County, Maryland for Gov. Martin O'Malley and then to Chicago to attend an event for Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias. And Biden will more than double that effort, heading to Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Washington state.
But there were no indications of a stressful week ahead as the casually-dressed first couple departed the White House south lawn in sunny, but brisk 60 degree weather. They celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary this weekend but will also host a retreat for Cabinet members and their families Sunday.