October 2nd, 2010
12:07 PM ET
11 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. NameBob

    He should take more time off, since his acrimony is not needed in this country.

    October 2, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. GunnyG

    Marie MD,

    Good for them. The President needs a well deserved break. At least he doesn't run to the hills every weekend like the bozo before him did.
    Actually, Bush went to his RANCH and WORKED. He did not waste our tax dollars.

    I agree though, wrecking the nation and the economy is hard work! When does he stop campaigning?

    I can't WAIT to remove this failure in Nov 2012!

    October 2, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. GunnyG

    Will this be cheaper than their date nights with $100/# kobe beef and Earth, Wind, and Fire performing (on our dime)?

    October 2, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Just what he needs...

    The President has only had about 10 vacations this year...
    It is hard work finding more stimulus packages for his friends.

    October 2, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Rue

    Wow! Good to see someone can afford a weekend away! With all his wonderful hard work most of Americans can just wish for a weekend off instead of going out looking for a job. He's the best at putting people out of work and pulling for the little guy. Enjoy the weekends all you can now Berry for soon you will be looking for a new job!

    October 2, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. dishearteneddem

    Michelle has her taste for quail eggs and caviar, while the rest of us get used to the new norm of beans and wieners. Thank you, Mr. President for the hope and change.

    October 2, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. racialcoward


    The neo-Marx bragged that they would produce 2,000,000 people to save the Change. Haahaahaaaa.

    October 2, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. layne

    Yeah he is just a workaholic. I bet both Barry and Moochelle are pissed cause they have to act like they actually like each other for two days. I'm not mad he's going on vacation (yet again). I actually wish hed stay there.

    October 2, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Marknj

    I was not a fan of GWB but never questioned his relationship with his wife as people are doing here. I know several people in Dallas who have met the Bushes in Dallas and say they seem to have a genuine bond. I think the Obama's have the same thing, I don't understand why people have to trash someone personally to make "their guy" seem better.

    October 2, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. phoenix86

    Who said incompetence doesn't have its rewards?

    October 2, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. Dan

    He should have stopped in at the Onenation rally before leaving town.

    October 2, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. whats that

    yes go enjoy a few days of rest so you can think up some more commie ideas to further destroy our country barry

    October 2, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. John

    Virginia if you think their Conservative we're in BIG trouble!!

    October 2, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. Buck N Farack

    Good, enjoy your time away, my hope is you stay away, for the next 2 years.

    October 2, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Scott

    Obama is exhausted from ruining the country. It's can be difficult to put down fellow Americans on a daily basis. He has to go to Camp David so that his thin skin can heal from the backyard barbeque damage.

    October 2, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. Silent Majority

    Pres. Obama is doing an outstanding job! We have 14% national unemployment, we're bankrupt as a nation, there are no new jobs being created aside from low wage positions, the Tea party has risen for some reason. I need some real HOPE for some positive CHANGE. Throw all of the pro Obama bums out on 11/2/10 !

    October 2, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. hopinghere2

    Imagan that. Obama takes a ANOTHER VACATION AT THE TAXPAYERS EXPENSE. It would be one thing if he had earned a vacation but from the damage he has done to thiscountry he shouldn't even get a paycheck much less ANOTHER vacation. He is the worse thing that has happened to this country. I never thought I'd say this but he even makes Bush look like a great president

    October 2, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Steve

    You have to really appreciate the comments from the left. Obama deserve a break, really why? If there is a rally within weeks of an elections and the Dems are going to lose big time, he has the obligation to attend. Attend, more like lead! Obama has no leadership, no idea how the economy functions but yet we have time for another vacation, another golf outing another super trip at our expense. With his head in the sand we might as well bunker down until 2012, when finally Obama with take his rightful place as the Worst President Ever! Jimmy Carter move over here comes Obama!

    October 2, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. Smith

    How can the republicans be blocking him at every turn? He has a majority in the House and the Senate!! He should stop saying this and so should everyone else.

    October 2, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. BDAWG

    Oh you deserve it! after taking a run away frieght train and then stepping on the gas (yes Bush sucks too), This spending spree must end. STOP spending. STOP taxing. GET OUT OF MY LIFE. He does not work hard; he is busy but so are ants. Civil War II coming your way! I wish I could sit down with you all and teach you how to survive.

    October 2, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. David

    Bush = Obama.

    October 2, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  22. BackwardAmerica

    It's only vacation #10 since he was elected. When he isn't on vacation, he is golfing, entertaining Hollywood elites and home-grown terrorists, ignoring two wars, blaming Bush, apologizing for American Exceptionalism, condemning Republicans, condemning the Tea Party, condemning corporate America, taking over US corporations, giving away US corporations, firing CEO's, writing checks this country can't cash, coddling Al-quaeda and the taliban, extending the Bush Patriot Act, keeping GITMO open for business, maintaining a near 10% unemployment rate, attacking the banks and Wall Street, aiding and abetting the enemy, killing US citizens in foreign countries, and starting a new war in Pakistan. Yeah, we need a break from him.

    October 2, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. ane

    deserve a vacation??? they're always going somewhere on vacation.

    October 2, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Patriot Act

    With a link to this article on the Drudge Report, you have undoubtedly received hundreds of comments by now, but in the 6 hours or so since its publication, you have only deigned to publish 11 comments, all of them glowingly positive? No partisan pandering going on there! This is why thinking Americans can't stand the mainstream media.

    October 2, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. Stay on vacation

    Happy to see them doing what they do best...take vacation. Hardest working? Yes, at destroying this country bit by bit. Take your time Mr. President. Stay on vacation.

    October 2, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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