July 17th, 2010
04:13 PM ET
13 years ago

Maine residents abuzz with first family visit

Bar Harbor, Maine (CNN) – President Obama has spent his weekend vacation taking in Maine’s famous coastline, enjoying downtime at a local pool, and eating ice cream.

During their first day, the Obama’s took in some of the state’s attractions - including a hike through Acadia National Park, and a boat ride in the harbor.  The first family also capped off the day with a stop for ice cream.

On Saturday, the president and Mrs. Obama took their daughters on a lighthouse tour overlooking Bass Harbor after a morning filled with working out and enjoying a pool.

Though critics argue that Obama should be spending his vacation in the Gulf Coast rather than the Gulf of Maine, local residents have seemed happy to host the first family.

All over the downtown Bar Harbor, locals and tourists can be overheard asking each other if they've had a first family sighting. Shop keepers have signs in their front windows welcoming the president, and one ice cream shop has created a flavor in honor of Obama - the Commander in Chief Chip, a red, white, and blue ice cream with chocolate chips mixed throughout.

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  1. Joanne

    I am delighted that the first family is having a good vacation in Maine. Our President works very hard and it is nice to see him relaxing.

    July 17, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. hal

    They didn't visit former President Bush?

    July 17, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. lost in Texas FOREVER

    former President Bush took vacations when we had our men and women dying daily in Iraq, The GOP didn't seem to mind that. Yet they want to blast President Obama for spending some time with his family even though there is not much more physically he can do about the oil spill in the gulf and even though being on vacation can leave at a minutes' notice. Something I think most of us would NOT do if we were on vacation. Sometimes it seems we forget that our leaders are also human and need a break too, and it especially seems that way if they are a member of the opposition party.

    July 17, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. drew

    Wow, such a beautiful part of the country Acadia National Park is. What did they think they were doing inviting or allowing that dark cloud into town. Such a joke, I guess it is about the money even for them. Ugh, I can't wait for elections so we look American again, even if we don't act it.

    July 17, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. Charlie

    Anyone criticizing the Big Boss Don for taking a weekend off should be paraded in front of an firing squad immediately. This is the hardest working president ever. First 18 months in office – Bush took 269 days off, Obama has taken a little over 60.

    July 17, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. Scratch

    Bush was on vacation picking bugs from the soil for 7 of the 8 yrs he was in office.

    July 17, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. Choc Pox

    Enjoy some lobster and a side of ice cream, Big Boss Don. You deserve it.

    July 17, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. CBR

    Sounds like they followed the paths of many visitors before them. Bar Harbor is a great place and I am happy that the first family chose to go there.

    How many Republicans have been to the Gulf on vacation? Just another way to criticize without having to do anything themselves.

    July 17, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. BeverlyNC

    No one deserves a vacation more than President Obama. His vacations are not like ours, He is always on call and being briefed daily.
    Republican whiners always criticize everything he does, so who cares?
    If Republicans care so much about the Gulf, why have NONE of them gone down there to see what their buddy BP did to 5 states? Why aren't they vacationing down there? Just a bunch of corporate-loving hypocrites.

    July 17, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Elizabeth

    This president is a tireless worker, it is so nice to seem him and his lovely family enjoy themselves and add a little excitement to the citizens of this Maine town. Mr. President there are more supporters than you know!

    July 17, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  11. Laurie

    How wonderful that the President and his lovely family can enjoy some much deserved rest and relaxation. Enjoy!

    July 17, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  12. mj

    Too bad he did not choose the Gulf regions to vacation. Don't you wish we could all afford a vacation?

    July 17, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. HDBiker

    Bush spent 1,020 days of his presidency on vacation. To put this into context, John F. Kennedy spent fewer days in office, 1000, than George W. Bush spent on vacation. Bush spent 487 days at Camp David, 490 days at his Crawford ranch, and 43 days in Kennebunkport. George W. Bush spent 69 days in Crawford during his first year in office. In contrast, according to FactCheck.org, Obama spent all, or part of, 26 days of his first year in office on vacation. This was less than all three previous Republican presidents, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, but more than the two previous Democratic presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.Reply

    July 17, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    He should have went to Philly for a cheesesteak.

    July 17, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    When did common sense become "far left", do you people even know what far left is??? I'll give you a clue, it's not France.

    Far left....oh please, if the rest of the world Conservatives have the same ideology as our Liberals, then calling our left, FAR LEFT is ludicrous.

    But if you look at the right in our country, a lot of their ideas are on par with the Talibans of the world, literally and word for word (just substitute the word Islam for Christianity)...

    July 17, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. George of the jungle

    This has been a banner week for the republican party. They have complained about the weekend vacation the president and family have taken. Reached out to the NAACP with a very nice letter commenting on how the colored people dont like to work and would rather not be emancipated. One repo managed to make a really nice remark about talk show host Maddow and how she looks like a man.This from a guy who chases whores and like to wear diapers. They have decided to vote No on any more reform bills. Now thats a news flash. This from the orange man himself. Palins kid is back with her ex and it looks like a hill billy wedding in the near future. Angle says it is not a senators job to try and add jobs to her states economy then blasts current senator for not providing more jobs. Keep it comming repos. If this doesnt scare the poop out of the American public what will? Vote them out in November

    July 17, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. John Heynen

    Wake Up Americans, give the man a Life for Heavens Sakes. What
    do you think a President is God. He has gotton more llegislation
    done in his short term than most previous Whitehouse CEO's John
    from Canada.

    July 17, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. pt

    The President deserves a vacation. He's the hardest working leader we've ever had, and I don't remember all the hoopla over Bush's truly excessive time he spent away from Washington chopping wood and biking at Camp David.

    July 17, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  19. wylie

    For Pete's sake! He's the President of the USA, not a oil rig roust about. Just what exactly was he supposed to do if he had stayed home and sat in the Oval Office??? And let me add that I'm a gun toting Republican not one of his Liberal disciples. Give the guy a break on this one. Conservatives discredit themselves if this is the worst gripe that they can come up with.

    July 17, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. Clint, Wa.

    Reading all of the idiotic posts about Obama taking a vacation are pretty lame. Lets see, I work 5 days a week 8 hours a day & get 2 days off (my weekend) to spend with family, I do this for 52 weeks 1year, at which time I take 7 days off, that is what is known as a vacation. President Obama works 7 days a week 24/7, even when he is taking 2 days off (his weekend) to spent some time with his wife & children he is still working.
    So where do all of you MORONS get that he is on vacation? GET A LIFE.

    July 17, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  21. normajean

    Get ready folks, the Repubs are going to be all over the president for taking a couple of days off with his wife and daughters.Good grief, where does he get off? HE SHOULD BE AT HIS DESK IN WASH. OR HAVE HIS HEAD UNDER WATER IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.. Anyone with their head on straight knows that a person, particularly the president, must be at his best while at work. clear head, ready to face {in this case} a disaster or two.None of the Republicans work 24-7, in fact they have more leisure time than MOST working people and they are accomplishing NOTHING. Think about this Republican voters, what has the Republican party,specifically, done for you in the last two years? Still have your job ? Home? Unemployment Ins,? Health Care?..The president is, at least trying to save them all.

    July 17, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. George Washington

    most people take vacations. why are all the losers whining about obama taking a vacation during the oil spill. what is he supposed to do ? sit there and monitor the gulf 48 hours a day ?

    July 17, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. Dem Dopey Dems

    All this ass-clown does is vacation, golf and take away our freedoms.

    Ignore the state-run press!

    November 2010 – Take America back!

    July 17, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. roro

    Good for them! No one deserves a break more than Obama, although I'm sure he's on call 24/7 anyway. The Republicans should stop whining about this. NO ONE took more time off than the brush-clearing Bush. The Republicans have very short, very selective memories.

    July 17, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  25. swin5

    I don't know what the issue is here. Nobama doesn't spend any more time on vacation than I do.

    Oh, before I go, i forgot to mention – I'm retired.

    July 17, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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