July 17th, 2010
03:01 PM ET
13 years ago

Maine residents celebrate Obama visit

Bar Harbor, Maine (CNN) - President Obama's trip to Maine this weekend may have brought out a few critics who think he should instead be in the Gulf Coast, but some local residents are celebrating the first family's visit to the area.

Local artist Russell D'Alessio is giving away two posters that commemorate the Obama's trip to the state affectionately known as Vacationland. Instead of selling the posters in his downtown art gallery, the artist is asking for a donation to benefit the birds affected by the oil spill.

One print is dedicated to President Obama, welcoming him to Bar Harbor and depicts a harbor scene. The second print is addressed to President and Mrs. Obama with the words: Thank You.

The posters can be seen in various store fronts in downtown Bar Harbor.

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  1. ib

    another week another mini vacation for Obama and family. Here he is trying to get his cap and scam bill passed which will raise energy costs for everyone while leaving the world's biggest carbon footprint; even bigger than Gore's. Some president he is LOL.

    July 17, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Good for President Obama and his family to take a few days "off" and visit Maine which is a beautiful state.
    Who cares what the teabaggers or the rethugs in congress or around the country think.
    We all need some down time but I bet the President is stil being kept abreast of what is going on in the world and the US. It's a 24/7/365 job and he is doing a darn good job at it.
    If you want to critize somebody think of the shrub's three plus years of vacation while president. You can't compare cutting ugly wood at a decrepit ranch in ANOTHER state vs playing golf in your own backyard.
    We all need to rest our minds if only for a few hours here and then.

    July 17, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. marlene

    Critics, the GObP, say the President and his family shouldn't be anywhere but the Gulf for their 3 day vacation. What about every member of Congress who is also on a 3 day vacation (or possibly 4 since they aren't working on Mon.). Shouldn't they also be in the Gulf? The President and his family should be able to "get away" for a weekend trip, just like any American family.

    July 17, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. joyce

    No mattef where he goes or what he does it will be wrong in the eyes of the repubs.
    If he had gone to the gulf coast he would be doing it for political gain and due to the disaster he should not go to main either.
    I hope he and his family have a really good time and he enjoys the rest from the eyes of the world. Or at least as much as possible.

    July 17, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Peter s

    Ypu deserve that vacation my President!! continue doing the good job you are doing!

    July 17, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. katiec

    It is amazing what short memories these critics have.
    Bush took 977 vacation days and accomplished next to nothing while working, except two wars, tax cuts for the rich, passing policies for big business which allowed them to destroy our environment , financial collapse etc.
    President Obama has accomplished more for the American people in 18 months than Bush did his whole diasterous eight years.

    July 17, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Mary

    Mt Desert/Acadia and Bar Harbor are magnificent places to be this time of year!

    July 17, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Michael

    Can Maine just keep him while he's up there. I'm sure that the rest of America wouldn't mind.

    July 17, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. key

    All these critics how many republicans have been to the Gulf certainly not Palin or Romney I know they or not in political office now. But the RNC are very vocal about his agenda. Everyone need time off give me a break.

    July 17, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. vic

    We Americans expect more from our president. Obama doing every thing he can to Gulf Coast
    I am happy he helping the Bar Harbor economy

    July 17, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. thor

    Another one of these fluff stories put out buy CNN to try to restore some of the flavor to the Obama presidency.

    July 17, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. NC

    Thank you Maine. We also celebrated the First family's visit to Asheville, N. C. To the critics that think the President should be in the Gulf Coast get over it and grow up. How many of the critics have been to the Gulf Coast or even care about the people down there. The critics only complain because they think it is good for re-election. The critics care only about themselves.

    July 17, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Chuck in Jasper Ga.

    Its rather disappointing that there are no comments from the residents of Maine supporting the Presidents vacationing there. Given all the negative comments from Republicans and conservatives reference his plans, you would think at least one resident of Maine reads CNN and would make a comment in support of his vacation in Maine.

    July 17, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. How many imagined jobs.....

    did he bring with him??????

    And did he give them the latest body bag count from Afghanistan????

    July 17, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. JonDie

    What exactly would Obama do in the Gulf Coast? Presidents don't plug oil wells. The people of Maine are right to proudly show off their state.

    July 17, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Aaron

    Still not ONE article about the DOJ dropping the Black Panther Party case on CNN. Not one link to the video of the BPP. Not one article about the allegations of Black racism at the DOJ.

    Hmmm, if this was the Bush administration would CNN be blacklisting this story?

    July 17, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. DENNA

    Russell D'Alessio, you are a true patriot. Bless all of the people of Bar Harbor for welcoming the first family. Everyone of you have a great weekend!

    July 17, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    Unlike Bush where he was booed everywhere he went, except Albania,


    July 17, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. carlos

    thank goodness......no hillbillies and teatards, please keep them as far away as alaska

    July 17, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |

    Is everone celebrating Bo's arrival aboard his own PRIVATE JET?????

    The thousands of out of work folks in Maine probably have plenty of time to groom, pamper and worship at the paws of the1st dog...

    July 17, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. vegage

    I am a democrat, he should not be taking vacations in the middle of the worst environmental disaster, he should be working harder to have this horrible thing fixed.

    July 17, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. carol

    I hope the Obamas have a wonderful vacation. They deserve it.

    July 17, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. jefffbo

    What possibly could he accomplish on the Gulf coast that experts were not already doing.... Get a grip Republican fault finders , remember W ? "Now Watch This Drive" not only was W vacationing during a national problem, he even added that ridiculous sarcastic imply remark to it which insulted all of us....

    July 17, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Mickey, NY

    Good for you Mr. President...you deserve some downtime with the family.

    July 17, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. b6

    I think it's a wild coincidence that while we're considering off shore oil drilling there is a huge oil spill right in the gulf where we would seek to drill with our own companies. With all the effects from the leak, no politician will openly support a drilling plan and get re-elected. That puts control back in the hands of the big oil monopoly. Just a suspicious coincidence I thought. BP probably won't gain a dime from the newly arranged flow of oil out of a certain gulf area. Who needs Iran's refineries with the crude shipped out? We can refine it ourselves or rely on a euro nation to do it and buy the gas. With a big nuke Iran could threaten Israel if they should feel left out of the loop, that may be the last alternative they have to relinquishing economic independence to the west.

    July 17, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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