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Obama's day and date night in Bar Harbor, Maine

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The Obama family in Maine
Saturday, July 17, 2010 pool reports
By Michael Memoli
Tribune Washington Bureau

Pool Report 1:

Hotel to Bar Harbor Club

Motorcade departed from RON hotel at 9:52 am for the short drive into town. Dozens of onlookers snapped photos and waved as the motorcade passed, including one with an Obama campaign sign. We arrived at 9:56 am at the Bar Harbor Club for what appears to be some workout or relaxation time.

POTUS emerged from the SUV in a white polo shirt and White Sox cap. He's joined by FLOTUS and the first daughter, and Reggie. We're told we'll be here for about two hours.

Unclear what specifically POTUS and the first family will be doing while here, but they have plenty of options. The Bar Harbor Club website invites visitors "to socialize and relax with family and friends at water's edge." The facility features "clay tennis courts, state of the art fitness center, oceanside food and beverage in the Pool House, and spectacular grounds in one of Maine's most scenic oceanfront locations."

According to the website, the tennis courts "are clay-surfaced which allows you to focus more on your timing and game strategy without overstressing your legs and back." The fitness center offers "the latest in fitness technology and offers the very best in cardio treadmills, ellipticals, cycles, climbers and strength training equipment." There is also a spa, which "offers a world of self-indulgence born of privilege." A 50-minute Swedish massage runs you about $120.

The club is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Some background, again from the website:

"During the stock market crash of 1929 J.P. Morgan started construction on the exclusive waterfront oasis which opened to the grandest ball the island had ever seen on July 4th, 1930. The Bar Harbor Club was once a private playground for the town's wealthiest summer residents such as Joseph Pulitzer, John D. Rockefeller Jr., Edward T. Stotesbury and other movers and shakers of the day."

The spa is open to the general public but there is membership for the full facility. An application on the website says membership costs $1,825 for a married couple. More here: http://www.barharborclub.com/

After thunderstorms overnight, weather today in Bar Harbor is just about perfect, with clear skies and low humidity

Pool Report 2:

Bar Harbor Club to Hotel

Motorcade left Bar Harbor Club at 12:03 pm, returned to POTUS' hotel by 12:07.

WH spox Bill Burton, who was also at the Club, reports that the first family "played some tennis and hung out at the pool." He adds that director of advance and native Mainer Emmett Beliveau's "considerable tennis talent was on display."

We had only brief glimpse of first family and entourage as they entered and left the club. Pool was holding at another building at the BHC compound, where preperations were underway for a wedding this afternoon.

Pool now holding in van awaiting another movement soon.

Pool Report 3:
Motorcade left POTUS' hotel at 12:50 pm for drive across the island to Southwest Harbor, arrived 1:18 pm. First family now lunching at the Claremont Hotel, a nice waterfront spot.

Pool holding outside in the van, told we'll be here about 45 minutes.

Pool Report 4:

Lighthouse stop

After the Obamas finished lunch, motorcade rolled from Claremont Hotel at 2:23, arriving at 2:35 at the Bass Harbor Head Light, a fully operational lighthouse at the southern end of Mount Desert Island.

Upon arrival, POTUS greeted Chief Tim Chase, commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard station, which operates the site. He introduced his family, including a smiling Bo, who quickly tangled Chase around his leash.

POTUS had also stopped to greet some visitors here at the site. Anne Lee said the president asked her son, Colby, who was wearing a t-shirt with a football, if he played the sport.

Pool then headed down to the rocky shore edge about 200 feet from the lighthouse. The first family emerged at the top, where they spent about 10 minutes admiring the incredible vista. Malia and Sasha could be heard yelling down to Bo, who didn't make the trip up.

The Obamas waved at some kayakers who were in the water below. A small boat called "Mohegan" sailing along the coast, stopped when the passengers realized that the first family was up in the lighthouse, and started waving and snapping a picture or two. The president appeared to wave back.

As they headed back in, pool hurried back to vans. At 3:12 pm now rolling to next destination.

Pool Report 5:

First Family Hike

Not long after we left the lighthouse, motorcade stopped at 3:16 pm where the first family got out for a hike along the Ship Harbor Hiking Trail.

Pool held in the van for the nearly hour-long hike, but here's a readout from Katie McCormick-Lelyveld, the first lady's press secretary, who joined them:

"Good family time. About an hour walk with stops at the water to skip rocks and play with the dog. A few other families were hiking, many with their dogs, and the family stopped to say hi along the way.

Beautiful views and cool air - and pretty rocky at times! A nice hike."

The group came into sight again at about 4:12 pm, with Reggie Love leading the pack (headphones on, tossing a water bottle in the air), followed by Sasha, FLOTUS and Bo. POTUS and Malia lagged a minute or so behind, and were followed by a bigger group of folks who may have walked with or gathered to see the presidential party.

Motorcade rolling again at 4:18 pm. Occasional groups waving as we passed along a coastal road and again through a small village.

At 4:53 pm returned to POTUS hotel. Holding here for about 30-45.

Pool Report 6:

Date night dinner downtown

Motorcade rolling at 7:19 from hotel, arrived approx 7:30 in downtown Bar Harbor where POTUS and FLOTUS head into the restaurant Havana for dinner. Website advertises "American fine dining with a Latin flair, great atmosphere, extensive wine list, knowledgeable staff and sophisticated menu." The restaurant also advertises its "sustainability practices," "serving local and organic meats, produce and seafood." More here: http://www.havanamaine.com/index_BH.html

First couple greeted by large crowd on both sides of Main Street, the usual photo snapping, waving.

Pool dining at Poor Boy's Gourmet Restaurant just a block down on Main Street here in Bar Harbor. Crowd noticeably less excited to see us.

Pool Report 7:

Date night dinner downtown

Motorcade rolling at 7:19 from hotel, arrived approx 7:30 in downtown Bar Harbor where POTUS and FLOTUS head into the restaurant Havana for dinner. Website advertises "American fine dining with a Latin flair, great atmosphere, extensive wine list, knowledgeable staff and sophisticated menu." The restaurant also advertises its "sustainability practices," "serving local and organic meats, produce and seafood." More here: http://www.havanamaine.com/index_BH.html

First couple greeted by large crowd on both sides of Main Street, the usual photo snapping, waving.

Pool dining at Poor Boy's Gourmet Restaurant just a block down on Main Street here in Bar Harbor. Crowd noticeably less excited to see us.

Pool Report 8:
Return to hotel and lid

After more than hour and a half date night dinner at Havana, POTUS and FLOTUS left the restaurant via back entrance and out of sight of the pool.

The motorcade was rolling at 9:14, taking a side street that avoided the crowds of people that crowded sidewalks of Main Street, perhaps disappointing many who'd been waiting at least an hour for a glimpse of the first couple

No further readout on their date night but poolers thoroughly enjoyed the quality of food and service at Poor Boy's Gourmet Restaurant where we ate, and recommend it.

By 9:20 pm motorcade made it past the giant moose statue on Eden Street, through the security checkpoint and back to POTUS RON hotel, where a lid was declared. Good night, folks.

5 Comments

enjoy your vacation you earned it.main is a beautuful state.

Sad day when you media people think we really need to have a moment by moment, play by play of their vacation. This is a non story. Can't they even have 24 hours of being left alone?

My sentiments exactly. Leave this family alone! Good grief!

Rather see a coverage of a hard working family that saved all year to take a weeks vacation. That deserves coverage since its paid for by the family, not the country..

Thanks for the play by play. Stinks that we are paying for that, but it's nice to know what they all did while they were in BH. We are here on vacation and it's cool to see what they did. Thanks!

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