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First family enjoying vacation

July 18, 2010

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— President Barack Obama and the first family played tennis and took in the sights around a Maine resort Saturday even as he contemplated a new struggle over jobless benefits with his GOP foes.

After a first vacation day packed with biking, boating and a visit to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, Saturday’s program was more laid-back. The Obamas went to the Bar Harbor Club to play tennis and “hang out” at the pool, spokesman Bill Burton said.

Then they motorcaded across Mount Desert Island to a hotel overlooking Southwest Harbor. Lunch was served against a backdrop of sailboats swinging at anchor in a gentle breeze.

The Obamas toured Bass Harbor Head Light, in the southwest corner of Acadia National Park. Built in 1858 on an outcrop overlooking Blue Hill Bay, the lighthouse is run by the Coast Guard. “It looks spectacular,” Obama said as he and his family were led on a tour.

They climbed to the top of the light and held fast to its railing as first dog Bo frolicked on a path below.

After the lighthouse, it was a three-minute motorcade and off they went for an hourlong hike in the park, which takes in 47,000 acres of island, granite hills, pine forests and rocky coast.

The first lady’s press secretary, Katie McCormick-Lelyveld, reported the hike was “good family time ... with stops at the water to skip rocks and play with the dog.”

The three-day vacation was due to end this morning.

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