First Family Arrives In Asheville Friday For Weekend Getaway

President Barack Obama and his family head to North Carolina Friday for some R&R.

The president, first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha are spending the next three days in Asheville, North Carolina.

They're staying at the Grove Park Inn, a resort famed for its kitchen, its southern hospitality and its views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Obama is familiar with its charms, having prepped for one of his campaign debates with John McCain in a Grove Park ballroom made over to look like the debate hall.

Obama has no public appearances planned until Sunday, when he speaks in West Virginia at a memorial for the miners killed in the Upper Big Branch explosion.

So why Asheville? Officials say it's not because Obama's the first Democrat to win North Carolina in three decades. They say he's coming for its scenery, dining and recreation


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  • by Amazed on Apr 24, 2010 at 04:54 AM
    It's so mind-boggling to me some of things people post on this site. First of all, you're gonna pay taxes regardless of whose in the white house. I'm a hard working single mother of 3. Don't receive an ounce of welfare because I choose to work hard and create a life for my children if I have to work 3 jobs. I've been paying taxes every since I began working right out of high school 18yrs ago and I haven't seen that much of a difference from one president to another, maybe by a few measely dollars. If a couple of extra dollars a week are gonna make or break you, then maybe you need to evaluate your choice in careers. You are in control of your own life, not Obama or any other president. I think our last president screwed up enough for a lifetime. Obama surely can't do much worst than that. He needs a vacation from all the insults he receives constantly everyday from narrow-minded individuals. Take all you want Obama you deserve it.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2010 at 08:37 PM
    beans don't burn on the grill!
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Apr 23, 2010 at 08:14 PM
    Texasborn, Just Google it. There are records on vacation time taken by presidents. It's very simple. To be fair, compare the 1st year only. From most to least. 1. Reagan 2. George H. W. 3. George W. Least: Carter, Clinton, Obama Just check the facts. It's no big deal to me-I don't care how much time Bush spent in Texas-I am fully aware that he had all the communication he needed to "work from home". But the slams here because Obama is doing the same thing is just not fair-that's why I answered.
  • by voter Location: nc on Apr 23, 2010 at 06:26 PM
    movin on up. fish don't fry in the kitchen.
  • by Bozo on Apr 23, 2010 at 05:32 PM
    I hope the Grove Park Inn has plenty of disinfectant.
  • by J Location: ayden on Apr 23, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    the LAST president we had, just putting together one sentence without improper grammar was enough to make him need a vacation. he should have hired 4th graders to help him write speeches.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2010 at 03:45 PM
    I have not been on a vacation, but I know lots of people who have been to the Bahamas, Honduras,Jamaica, and Hawaii. So I guess you losers need to save up money. Most of these people go with others so they can save money. Why don't some of you try that instead of complaining about our president? LOsers!!!!! Have a nice time Mr. President. Love you!!!
  • by Northener on Apr 23, 2010 at 03:33 PM
    I wish you could see you as others see you. Anything to do with race on this board draws more comments than anything else. THE WAR IS OVER, YOU LOST. People are not animals. Your President is an intelligent, articulate, well meaning, thoughtfull man. Be thankfull. This country has been through enough.
  • by John Location: Ayden on Apr 23, 2010 at 02:34 PM
    Good for them. I'm sure they could use a little weekend getaway. The President has a very stressful job.
  • by @toKaren on Apr 23, 2010 at 02:29 PM
    Where did she state she was blaming things on blacks? I am black, and I do not see why u brought up race.
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