Summer means campaigning, 'family time' for Obamas
President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia bicycle on Martha's Vineyard in 2011.
July 15th, 2012
04:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Summer means campaigning, 'family time' for Obamas

Washington (CNN) – Although they won't be vacationing in Martha's Vineyard, the Obamas will fit in some "family time" and continue to hit the campaign trail this summer, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama said in an interview.

Neither offered where, if anywhere, the first family will travel between now and the September Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, but the president acknowledged he would be spending a significant amount of time campaigning for re-election.

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"Most of it's going to be campaigning," Obama said in an interview with CBS News, portions of which aired Sunday. "The girls are now of an age where they start having their own stuff, so they have sleep-away camp for a month - welcome relief.

"We're going to be experiencing the first stages of empty nest syndrome and, well, I get a little depressed," he added.

The first lady added "we'll get family time in because anytime the girls are out of school that's important time for us to spend as a family.

"We're still parents where you have to juggle your time around when they're free. And summertime is that time," she said.

Asked where in the world they would like to visit at some point, the president mentioned that his wife had an interest in going back to India, and she said there are some "wonderful places here in the U.S." on her list.

"The truth is New Orleans," she said. "I've been there several times but I've never been to the French Quarter because when we're there we're usually working."

The Obamas have vacationed in Martha's Vineyard the past three years, but a senior administration official told CNN earlier this month that the family would not make a fourth annual visit. Some questioned how a respite at the high-class vacation spot would look in contrast to the still-struggling economy.

Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney has said that if elected, he would not spend his time in office "jetting around the world and using four years in office to see the world."

Instead, Romney said, he would "be spending some time at Camp David," the presidential retreat in Maryland.

Obama will likely take some long weekends in the run-up to the election, the official said. He spent last weekend out of sight at Camp David.

– CNN's Dan Lothian and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Rick

    "See, Malia, the helmet isn't that bad. Just smile for the camera like I am, ok?" – Obama

    July 15, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Donna

    I pray that after January 20, 2013, the man is out of sight forever. Return to corrupt chicago where he came from and be gone.

    July 15, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Anthony Stark

    helmets?! Oh, you corny president, you. Another 4 years it is.

    July 15, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Slightly Left of Center

    Before all the ignorant haters start their diatribe about the POTUS taking yet another 'vacation', they should slow down and read the caption.... President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia bicycle on Martha's Vineyard in 2011.

    July 15, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. T'sah From Virginia

    CNN has a problem with starting off with a story about one subject – The Obama Family – and then they inject something like this, "...Mitt Romney has said that if elected, he would not spend his time in office "jetting around the world and using four years in office to see the world" instead, "...he would "be spending some time at Camp David..."

    Okay, MITTens has already seen the whole world... I don't think there is a place in this earth that Romney has not visited. So his statement, once again, proves how much of an elitist he is!! And, his statement belongs in his own story, not here!!! Jeez!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    July 15, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Katy

    That looks JUST like my daughter and my husband. I know what he is going through. Ha Ha I guess a teen is a teen no matter what family they are in.
    Hang in there Mr. Pres.. Things will get worse before they get better but things will get better.

    July 15, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Debra From Georgia

    She does look like she would whether be doing something else whether than this photo op crap.

    July 15, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. rla

    Oh lord th rObamas vacationing-- New Orleans ??? Marthas Vineyard???? Bet the press plays it like a hero wiping his nrow after saving the people from themselves-- What a foolish bunch the media is today- Cronkite is rolling in his grave!

    July 15, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. s.positive

    President Obama for another four years. Thank God...

    July 15, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Mittsadimmwit

    Debra, I think the word you were looking for was "rather."

    July 15, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. PJ/TX

    It's Sunday. Did some of you check your hate at the door before you entered Church?

    July 15, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. Phil Thomas

    Debra, do some research on his opposition before you criticize the man for a vacation he took last year. What is Mitts position on anything....you have no clue because everything he promised in the primary he will try to shift away from to try to get votes. Say what you want about Obama but what you right wing nut jobs forget is this country was bleeding 800k jobs that 800,000, the housing market crashed, the auto industry crashed, the financial sector drained us dry and then crashed. In three years things got better, so yes they are not perfect but keep in mind it took decades to do the damage Bush put the icing on right before he gave the keys to Obama. Also keep in mind you have plenty of people throwing stones in congress who created this mess. Is Obama perfect no but he sure as hec isn't the problem he's done a good job. Regardless of what your rignt wing news channels or radio stations tell you just look at the facts.

    July 15, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Sue

    Just curious.....hahahahaha.....I wonder why the Obamas are not taking their annual vacation to Martha's Vineyard this year? PLEASE go on vacation to Martha's Vineyard again in August Obama.....PLEASE!!

    July 15, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. ObamaCares

    Talking about a bike ride, Mitt Rmoney would be riding on a bicycle built for two, with someone else steering. Mr. Richy–Rich.

    July 15, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. ObamaCares

    Donna and Debra from Ga, aren't they cute, in spite of your hatred?

    July 15, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. njbchicago

    This President has no morals. He only has morals when it suits his purpose. And his purpose IS ALL ABOUT HIM. He just laid the biggest tax increase in history on the American people and yet he's out there telling people that he wants to help the middle class. 76% of the cost of Obamacare will be borne by the middle class, maybe more. He can tax the rich into oblivion and he STILL won't have enough money to support his freeloading base. Yep, freeloading base. Hope the truth hurts.

    July 15, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    @donna, you are crazy, it id GOP distroyed this nation–not Obama. It is bush 2wars broke and Reagan Trickle Down nonsense. Show me a single white idiot president that passed Health care Reform. Do not be racist. I am not black either. Mitt Romney sells USA to China, India. Ok,

    July 15, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  18. JH

    This picture is hiliarious. What a dork he is with his rolled up jeans. God help us all!!!

    July 15, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  19. lies from obama(and mabye his father)

    Looking forward to when Barry takes a vacation to Chicago...permenently! Romney 2012!

    July 16, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  20. J.V.Hodgson

    A father spending time with his daughter and we have to find negative vibes in the blogs.
    That is precisely wht is wrong with America and its politics es[pecially at the moment.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    July 16, 2012 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  21. Jerry

    Did we taxpayers pay for those bicycles, too?! Obamamites, don't get your dander up, I am just asking!

    July 16, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  22. Marie MD

    Sure, because everything you people (above and the rest of the haters) do is with a smile.
    The picture is from 2011. It still means that while your bully animal abuser bishop has taken two family vacations just this past month (July 2012) the President has not taken one well deserved vacation with his family.

    July 16, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  23. Out Of Touch with reality

    call obama what he is, obama is a lieing illegal !!!

    July 16, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |