Obamas head to Florida — for some work and some sunshine

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk toward the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 7, 2014. The President and first lady are traveling to Miami, Florida to visit Coral Reef High School. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President and Michelle Obama get ready to travel to Miami on Friday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

MIAMI – President Obama and the first lady traveled here Friday afternoon to tout the administration’s education initiatives at a high school — and to spend a little quality time with their daughters at a resort in Key Largo this weekend.

The Obamas, including daughters Malia and Sasha, left the frigid cold of Washington for the warm, sunny climate of south Florida. The president and Michelle Obama will tour Coral Reef high school, where the president will talk about the importance of investing in education to prepare students for employment in a global economy.

In his remarks, the president will announce an executive action aimed at helping schools get more students to fill out federal applications for student aid.

After the event, the first family will travel to Key Largo, where they will spend most of the weekend at an exclusive resort that features tennis courts and two golf courses, White House officials said. In recent days, the White House had said the president was keeping his vacation plans fluid because of unfolding events in Ukraine.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Air Force One that Obama, who is traveling with deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken, will maintain contact with his national security team and other world leaders. This week, Obama spoke twice to Russian President Vladimir Putin and talked with  British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the situation in Ukraine, where Russian troops have entered Crimea.

Obama, “over the course of a very busy week, has maintained his schedule and his ability to monitor ongoing events in Ukraine,” Earnest said. “I would anticipate he would do the same thing this weekend. What the president is doing this weekend in Florida is essentially what the president would be doing if he stayed back at the White House; it’s just that the weather will be a little warmer.”

 

 

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.
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