First Family’s weekend: Picturesque park, luscious lobster

USA Today – By Richard Wolf

America may be divided over President Obama, but one thing must be agreed upon: He knows how to pick pretty vacation spots.

How else to explain the First Family’s visit this weekend to often-overlooked Acadia National Park, Maine’s spectacular contribution to the nation’s national park system? Its rocky shores and rising mountains might not be as dramatic as Yellowstone or Yosemite, but it’s a photographer’s dream.

The president, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha will jet there around noon today for two nights away from Washington’s heat — and heated politics. As they prepared to leave, temperatures in the nation’s humid capital were headed well into the 90s, with a heat index of 105.

The Oval hesitates to opine, but in the interest of a fun family vacation, we offer these suggestions:

  • Drive the 20-mile Park Loop Road, stopping frequently for snapshots.
  • Check out Sand Beach and its bracing waters.
  • Pause frequently in search of whales.
  • Climb at least part of Cadillac Mountain, the East’s tallest.
  • Dine on blueberry pancakes in the morning and fresh lobster in the evening.

UPDATE at 2:30 p.m.: The Obamas and other White House staff arrived shortly after noon on two Gulf Stream jets. First one off: Bo, the family pooch. Word is the first family is going on a bike ride.

UPDATE at 4:50 p.m.: You get to do the best stuff when you’re president. The first family got to the top of Cadillac Mountain, without hiking, for some magnificent views at 1,500 feet above sea level, highest on the Atlantic coast. Obama chatted with surprised tourists and posed for photographs.

UPDATE at 5:25 p.m.: The Oval recommended blueberry pancakes and lobster, but it seems the president has a penchant for another Oval favorite, coconut ice cream…

White House wanderers tour Acadia

Morning Sentinel – By Rebekah Metzler

BAR HARBOR — Julia Freifeld, of Raleigh, N.C., was absolutely certain she knew where the Obamas would make a stop during their weekend getaway on Mount Desert Island. She staked out Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium on Main Street in Bar Harbor. “They are going to bring their daughters here,” she said Friday afternoon.

Walking down the streets of the popular tourist town, everyone knew where the president, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, would be going — or thought they did, anyway. As it turns out, the first family was just down the street, having ice cream at Mount Desert Ice Cream, according to the White House pool report.

Freifeld, her husband, Mark, and his brother, Richard, were staying on the island through the weekend, the couple’s second trip to Maine. “It’s charming, scenic and beautiful,” Julia Freifeld said of why they chose to revisit the popular vacation spot.

Earlier Friday, the Obamas were greeted by Gov. John Baldacci and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District, when they arrived in Trenton about 12:25 p.m. The president was the first to walk onto the tarmac, dressed casually in a pale blue Oxford shirt and khakis. A few minutes later, the first lady, dressed in black capris, a tank-top and sandals, walked onto the runway. Shortly afterward, Malia and Sasha joined their parents.

Baldacci and his wife, Karen, presented the family with gift bags full of Maine-made goodies, including baskets made by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, popcorn from Little Lad’s Bakery in East Corinth, iconic L.L. Bean bags, University of Maine ice hockey hats, and an assortment of other Maine foods and books. Karen Baldacci said the bags for Malia and Sasha contained one loon toy and one chickadee toy that sound their natural calls.

Arriving in a small jet before the Obamas was the first dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog given as a present by the late U.S. Sen Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.; and the president’s personal aide Reggie Love, who chatted with Baldacci. “We’re ready. We’re going to do it all,” Love said with a big smile.

Air traffic at the small Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton was shut down for the presidential arrival. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter patrolled the air in anticipation of the first family’s touchdown, and a pair of local fire and rescue trucks stood ready on an otherwise empty tarmac at the private air hangar.

The Obamas then traveled onto Mount Desert Island in a motorcade of at least 16 vehicles. It was led by two Maine State Police cruisers and included five black Chevrolet Suburbans. The early-morning fog quickly burned off, and the sky was bright blue for the arrival of Air Force One, which in this case was a G3 Gulf Stream.

Technically, Air Force One is whatever aircraft the president is traveling on. It usually is a 747, but a plane of that size would be too large for the Trenton airport runway to accommodate. Dozens of members of local and national news media were on the tarmac to capture the Obamas’ arrival in Maine.

Within 40 minutes of arriving on the island, even before making a stop at their hotel — the Bar Harbor Regency on Route 3 — the first family went bicycling for more than an hour around Witch Hole Pond in Acadia National Park. They proceeded straight up Cadillac Mountain, which at 1,532 feet is the highest point on the Eastern Seaboard.

At the summit, the Obamas were given a personal tour by Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele, and they chatted with several families who happened to be touring the mountain at the time.

The first family then took a leisurely stroll along a lower pathway offering stunning views of Frenchman’s Bay. Walking by themselves as spectators and the news media watched from a distance, Barack and Michelle Obama held hands for a spell as they strolled along the path, with Sasha and Malia trailing closely behind.

Continuing their aggressive agenda, the Obamas checked into their hotel around 4 p.m. and, about an hour later, boarded a National Park Service boat at the hotel pier for a brief tour of the harbor.

Surrounded and trailed by five smaller, faster Coast Guard boats as well as other crafts, the president cruised around Bar Island and Sheep Porcupine Island but turned around to head back into downtown Bar Harbor as a thick fog began to roll in.

The presence of the presidential motorcade downtown and the approach of the small fleet surrounding Obama’s boat drew a large crowd to the piers, many of whom greeted him with cheers. With one arm around his eldest daughter, Malia, the president waved to the crowd.

The family then dined at Stewman’s, a downtown restaurant, while onlookers clogged the sidewalks.

Golf or Gulf Sources

Instead of attending a memorial service for the eleven workers killed Obama flew to California to raise funds for Barbara Boxer.

Obama went golfing 10 times since the explosion in the Gulf.

Obama turned down 13 countries that offered to help us clean up the Gulf.

President Obama has refused to return BP’s contributions; he is the largest recipient of their campaign donations over the past twenty years.

Obama announced a job-killing drilling moratorium that could cost Louisiana $2.97 billion in revenue and 24,000 jobs related to the oil industry.

Obama repeatedly denied requests for necessary cleanup items like oil-blocking booms and skimmers from Gulf Coast lawmakers.

Obama originally denied Louisiana officials permission to build up barrier islands between the coast’s marshes and the gulf.

Obama let 10 days pass before sending any Cabinet level officials to Louisiana’s coast.

Obama’s Interior Department Chief of Staff rafted with wife on “work-focused” trip in Grand Canyon during the spill.

Obama said that the Gulf disaster ‘echoes 9/11.’”

Obama attended private concerts by Paul McCartney and Kelly Clarkson.

Obama took two vacations (one to his hometown Chicago and one to Asheville, North Carolina.)

The liberal think tank Center for American Progress appears to have more influence on spill policy than the president’s in-house advisers.

Obama hosted a fundraiser for Senate candidate Robin Carnahan in Kansas City, Missouri.

Obama is planning a third vacation to Maine.

Obama made it a felony for the media to get up-close coverage of the oil spill.

After refusing for almost 60 days to meet with the CEO of BP to discuss spill cleanup, Obama only spent 20 minutes with him.

Obama went to Las Vegas for two days to headline fundraiser for Harry Reid at a casino.

Pay no attention to the people in the street,
Crying out for accountability.
Make a joke of what we believe,
Say we don’t matter cause you disagree.

Pretend you’re kings, sit on your throne,
Look down your nose at the peasants below.
I’ve got some news; we’re taking names,
We’re waiting now for the judgment day.

I am America, one voice, united we stand.
I am America, one hope to heal our land.
There is still work that must be done.
I will not rest until we’ve won.

I am America.

You preach your tolerance but lecture me.
Is there no end to your own hypocrisy?
Your god is power, you have no shame,
Your only interest is political gain.

You hide your eyes and refuse to listen.
You play your games and abuse the system.
You stuff your pockets while Rome is burning.
I’ve got a feeling that the tide is turning.

I am America, one voice, united we stand.
I am America, one hope to heal our land.
I will not give up on this fight,
I will not fade into the night.

I am America.

You stuff your pockets while Rome is burning.
I’ve got a feeling that the tide is turning.

I am America, one voice, united we stand.
I am America, one hope to heal our land.
I am America, one voice, united we stand.
I am America, one hope to heal our land.
I will not give up on this fight,
I will not fade into the night.

I am America.

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National Park in Maine Closed to Public to Accomodate Obama Vacation: $Millions in Revenue Lost!

The Spoof – Written by Morse

A horde of tourists on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, were disappointed to learn today that Acadia National Park would be closed for three days to accommodate a visit by the Obama family and their dog Bo, the Portuguese water spaniel.

Acadia, featuring some of the most breathtaking scenery on the east coast  sports awe inspiring cliffs, thundering waves, hordes of sea birds, sun bathing seals, migrating whales and is host to thousands of hikers, bikers and tourists on any given day during the short tourist season.

Comprising over 33,000 acres, 1/3 of which was donated by a CAPITALIST, John D. Rockefellar, Jr, it also includes over 57 miles of carriage roads built by the philanthropist for bikes, horseback riders, hikers and horse drawn carriages .

Park officials said that season long passes would not be honored, and that all Park Service workers including tour guides, toll takers, vendors, and security would be forced to take a day off without pay due to security concerns…

Up at Thunderhole, a tidal rock formation where the waves pound in causing a ‘thunderous’ roar of exploding water, union plumbers and electricians were installing a state of the art jet pump to insure there would be something for the Obamas to have a photo op of in case mother nature didn’t cooperate leaving the seas calm between the normal 11-14 foot tide changes.

Along the scenic ocean drive around the park, several moose, after being tranquilized, have been staked out on tethers along with an abundance of  fodder and enough drinking water to allow them to survive the 3 day ordeal, unless the coyotes get them first.

It is expected that Obama will be the first to break the tradition of not having any motorized vehicles on the carriage road, as a motorcade of at least 34 armored limousines will take a leisurely tour on the scenic route through the pristine wilderness that hasn’t been subject to exhaust emissions since 1915 when the road construction was started.

A limited staff has been told to ‘stand by’ at the Jordan Pond house on the shore of Eagle Lake to cater to the Obamas should they deem to drop in for late afternoon tea. The historic spot, built in 1870, is noted for it’s gentile charm , gracious manicured lawn setting and famous wild blueberry muffins.

According to staff members Michelle has let it be known that ‘desert is not a right’, and depending on how ‘the kids’ behave, she can’t guarantee that they will be allowed to have one of the muffins hot out of the oven…

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has told a pool of press that there may be a ‘photo op’ at the top of Cadillac Mountain, where Obama is said to be keen to drive a golf ball from it’s peak to see if he can reach Frenchman’s Bay, or at least downtown Bar Harbor…

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