February 6th, 2009
03:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama family heads to Camp David

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/06/art.getty.camp.david.jpg caption="The Maryland compound is known for its solitude and tranquility."](CNN) - President Obama will make his first trip to Camp David this weekend, according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia.

The first family will leave Saturday, spending the night at the countryside presidential retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains, and return Sunday.

Asked whether the president is feeling cooped up in the White House, Gibbs jokingly told White House reporters that Obama is a “restless soul,” and “his idea of a crazy day is to take a long walk.”

The Maryland compound, known for its solitude and tranquility, consists of several recreational cabins connected by walking paths.

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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Travis in Colorado

    Man, this guy deserves a rest after the vacations he's had in the caribbean, hawaii, chicago, and everywhere else. He sure worked a lot during the campaign, telling Americans what was so wrong with America, who was to blame, and how he could fix it, and no one else could because it was time for a change, and we couldn't afford to have exerienced people in the White House, only people with good judgement. So, now we have a man who sold America a lie, hired experienced people to do his job for him, and has no real clue as how to fix the economy, other than basically giving us welfare in the form of a stimulus check. Is that right? And now he needs a weekend off already? Wow. That's all I can say. Can anyone tell me ONE thing that this man HAS done that he said he would do, or ONE thing that this man HAS done that he said he wouldn't do? Anyone? Hello? Anyone at all? I didn't think so. This is what we can expect with Barak Obama.

    February 6, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. steph

    the president should take a break with his family after trying to get along with those LOSERS

    February 6, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. joe plummer

    @temmy.These are the children of the people,Ronald "the messiah"Raygun let out of the mental homes years ago to lower taxes.

    February 6, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |

    What a bunch of ill-read, ill-informed idiots ranting and raving here!

    In this day and age, Camp David, and Air Force One, and Bush's
    Texas ranch, and anyplace Obama chooses to be, has all the same
    capabilities as the White House itself. It doesn't matter WHERE the
    POTUS is, all that capability travels right along with him.

    Sheesh, why don't you people try to learn how to read something
    longer than a 4-word text message?

    February 6, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. Ken in NC

    You and your family have a good working weekend Mr.President. The Village Idiots in the Senate will still be there on Monday.

    February 6, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Deb

    I hardly think this is a vacation -he's not leaving until Saturday (not Thurs or Fri like our previous president) and he (unlike Bush) gets briefings everyday (including Sundays) so he is still working

    February 6, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Michael G-Ventura CA

    Rest well First Family. You deserve it!

    February 6, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. vic

    No doubt he'll be working all weekend.
    I hope his family enjoys the time together.

    February 6, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. Sheri

    President Obama is doing a good job for just 3 weeks. My God what did you do to us Mr. Bush? I know one thing you SURE DID HURT US.
    You literally SPIT IN OUR FACES.

    February 6, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Alicia

    @ Death of American by Obama..........use spellcheck. LEADER is the correct spelling.

    **I am an African American telling an apparent racist how to spell. Who knew?

    February 6, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. OHIO here

    Have a great time with your family You deserve it! You are the greatest thank you for all your hard work!

    February 6, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. Vik

    He deserves a weekend too! I believe he is working is butt off!

    February 6, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. Wayne

    Enjoy your night at the PRESIDENTIAL FAMILY retreat First Family.
    To all of you haters Camp David is for the President and his family. Barack, Michelle, Malia, and Sasha make of the current first family. Get over it. Besides, the President is never really "OFF DUTY". POTUS, can run the country from his super blackberry! GO OBAMA

    February 6, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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