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WASHINGTON--Wearing his Chicago White Sox hat, President Obama joined by First Lady Michelle, daughter Malia and staffer Reggie Love headed to a Bar Harbor, Maine club on Saturday morning, perhaps for tennis or a workout. For a report on all their Friday biking and hiking activities, click here.

below, pool report 1 from Saturday....


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.

Michael Memoli
Tribune Washington Bureau

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