Obamas plan weekend vacation to Gulf Coast

Friday, July 23, 2010

President Obama, who, along with his wife, has encouraged tourism in the Gulf Coast area since the massive oil spill, will take his family to the region for a weekend vacation next month.

The Obamas will travel to Florida on Aug. 14 for what is likely to be a hot, sticky visit.

No word yet on where they plan to stay.

Last week, Michelle Obama traveled to Panama City Beach, Fla., for a day trip, where she strolled barefoot in the sand, encouraged tourists to visit and went to an ice cream shop with her staff.

She then went to Bar Harbor, Maine, with her husband and daughters, Malia and Sasha, prompting some to ask: What about vacationing in the Gulf Coast?

In addition to the weekend in Florida, the Obamas have planned a two-week vacation in Martha's Vineyard, where they traveled last year.

-- Nia-Malika Henderson

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