October 2nd, 2010
12:07 PM ET
12 years ago

A weekend away for the first couple


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.

soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Traveler

    Super Couple – love them!!!

    October 2, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Kevin

    Going away to spend thousands more on you gullable taxpayers! It's so easy to make it appear as if you're working hard to those who to don't.

    October 2, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Slacker

    Poor ol O-Bow-Mao. Campaigning is tough work – off on ANOTHER VACATION goes the slacker. SLACKER!!!!!!!

    October 2, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Wake up

    Looks like they left in a big hurry, Michelle left with her sweater on bass-ackward. You folks really need to get out of the left-right paradigm, they're all on one big team- TEAM NWO.

    October 2, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Pete

    Does he ever work? November is less than 30 days away to start cleaning the swamps. Have to wait to 2012 to get Obama out, if he decides to run. Then we can get Carter and Obama in a debate about which one is the worst President of all time. My money is on Barry.

    October 2, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. squonkamatic

    The toughest job in the country? That honor guard Marine by the steps. He has to keep a straight face & resist the temptation to stick out his foot to trip the POTUS as he comes & goes from BLINGCHOPPER 1. Fortunately our US Marines are among the finest men & women who have dedicated their lives to making sure losers like the POTUS & FLOTUS have the freedom to waste other people's time and money. I salute that Marine and do not envy his assignment one bit.

    October 2, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. bahmi

    Karl Marx was a hard worker. Adolf Hitler was a hard worker, very hard. This website is filled with paid stooges for the Dems, who are you kidding? I'd love to see the president take a permanent vacation back in Chicago. A disgrace of a president. I hope you folks enjoy the oppressive laws Cass Sunstein puts over you. It's utterly amazing that people can feel such ecstasy when describing the president who is devastating the country.

    October 2, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. David

    He should be back at his desk working on the economy. He the laziest President I have ever seen...constantly on vacation or going to vacation. Meanwhile the rest sit here absolutely misery going deeper debts thanks to his ill advised stimulus programs that produce ZERO NEW JOBS! He is due for one big wake up call on November 2nd! Then maybe we will see change we can believe in! Tax tax tax is the only thing this buy knows!

    October 2, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. TxnByBrth

    Yep...he works hard. Wish he wouldn't. It'll take a while to straighten this mess out...in fact, I'd be happy if he stayed on vacation...

    October 2, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. debra from georgia

    Happy Anniversary, Mr. President and First Lady

    October 2, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. John Frost

    Imam Obama was called names but they love to call him the Scumbag in Chief. The guy doesn't even have a valid Socia Security Number for Chrissake!! He's a complete fraud and an undocumented illegal alien from Indonesia aka Barry Soetoro.

    October 2, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. joyceann

    If dreams can come true- we will be spared their faces, voices and damnation for 2 days.

    October 2, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. Michigan

    Every day he is not in Washington is a Blessing!

    Its a lot of work running our country into the ground!

    October 2, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. Baby Boomer

    Happy Aniversary President and Mrs. Obama. Enjoy!!!

    October 2, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. John Frost

    Is Michelle a disbarred Attorney.? I heard she committed fraud and ripped off 100's of poor blacks in Chicago and the Judsge too away her license.

    October 2, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. the real ib

    Conservative in the WH; boy that's a new one. Obama doesn't know what the word conservative means and evidently nor do a lot of other people posting here. He is an insult to conservatives; all he knows is spend; spend.

    October 2, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  17. Sara

    I see that most of you posting here are far too lost to recover. Thanks for the laughs for how hard he works and how much he deserves some time off.

    October 2, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. rob

    After a hard week of trying to destroy America the "One" and his family really do deserve a week off.

    October 2, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  19. George of the jungle

    President Obama is one of the hardest working presidents ever. He and his family need time togeather. The peple who complaine are the same ones who wanttime with their families. Look how much he does in one day. They are a great family and represent the American people well. They are grat parents and set a fine example. Besides a vacation for the president does not mean he is un aware of what is going on in the world. They actually live their christian values.

    October 2, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  20. jl

    He deserves the time off, running the country into the ground is hard work.

    October 2, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. powhatan

    Yup...probably a good move since that pesky communist rally was going on....

    October 2, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. rich

    Such a tough week of begging for votes, screw the supporters who came to support his party, having spent a lot of money and time to see their heros get reelected...Poor little Liberals....your heros are only using you.....Wake the hell up!
    I think he looks like Alfred E Newman....LOL Acts like him too!!!!!

    October 2, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  23. bfranklin

    Again!! Good Lord! It should be news if they stay in Washington. For someone who campaigned so hard to get the White House, he sure seems to avoid it.

    October 2, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. RightStuff

    Both Michelle and Barack are boors. I can hardly wait until they are gone. I don't care about any of their birthdays, anniversaries, or anything else. I just care for the day they are not in the White House.

    October 2, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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