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July 4, 2009 | Peter Nicholas and Mark Silva
Time magazine reported online this week that President Obama and his family had found a new church: Evergreen Chapel at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland. Apparently, Time got it wrong. "The president and first family continue to look for a church home," White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said. "They have enjoyed worshiping at Camp David and several other congregations over the months, and will choose a church at the time that is best for their family."
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December 31, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
KAILUA, Hawaii - President Obama has never been one for the New Year's Eve blowout - and Tuesday appeared to be no exception. The first family spent the last day of 2013 snorkeling with parrotfish and green sea turtles at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, slipping into the waters of the famed reef on a day it was blissfully closed to other tourists. The president has shown himself to be a creature of habit during his low-key vacation here on Oahu; the Obamas have snorkeled in the same spot on a number of other winter retreats here.
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October 30, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A life-sized likeness of Barack Obama was found hanging from a tree with a noose around its neck at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. University President Lee Todd said he planned to apologize to the Obama family. George Fox University in Oregon punished four students who confessed to hanging an effigy of Obama from a tree in September.
NEWS
November 25, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
President Obama met Monday night with the family of TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez, who was killed in a violent attack at LAX on Nov. 1, and with two fellow officers wounded by gunfire that day. White House officials did not say which of Hernandez's family members met with the president. The two TSA officers were identified as Tony Grigsby and James Speer. The meeting occurred before Obama attended twin fundraising events in Beverly Hills, the first scheduled appearances in his two-day visit to Southern California.
NEWS
December 22, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas
We live in a world of conspiracy theories -- where nothing is as it seems, where even a  politician's benign photo op might have a titillating back story. Which brings us to the Obama family dog, Bo. Bo was last seen in the company of the president, who took him to PetSmart in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday as part of a holiday shopping excursion. PHOTOS: White House Christmas decorations So far, so good. The rest of the Obama family, as we know, has already started vacationing and is in Hawaii awaiting the president's arrival.
NATIONAL
July 9, 2008 | Leslie Hoffecker
Sen. Barack Obama is not president, but one of his daughters has plans for the White House. "I enjoy decorating," 10-year-old Malia told NBC's "Access Hollywood" during the Obama family's first interview last weekend. "So I get this whole new room to do whatever I want." That was one of the cute, candid revelations by the Obama girls -- Malia and her 7-year-old sister, Sasha -- who until now have been kept out of the spotlight.
NEWS
December 20, 2011 | By Christi Parsons
While members of Congress point fingers at each other for gumming up the payroll tax cut, President Obama is watching the bickering from the White House--where he is apparently happy to spend the holiday season until a deal gets done. The rest of the Obama family has gone ahead to Hawaii for their pre-planned holiday trip. But aides say the president will continue to delay his vacation in hopes of inspiring House Republicans to take up a Senate-approved measure extending the tax cut beyond midnight New Year's Eve. Despite the delay in his beach trip, Obama was reveling in his prime political position on Tuesday.
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December 28, 2008 | Washington Post
A thunderstorm knocked out power throughout the Hawaiian island of Oahu after sunset Friday, forcing President-elect Barack Obama and his family to spend the night at their seaside vacation home in the dark as winds swept in from the ocean. The street lights outside Obama's compound in quiet Kailua started to shut off about 6:30 p.m.
NEWS
August 10, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas
When it comes to curbing unemployment, President Obama "will not rest" until everyone looking for a job can find one, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday. A couple of hours later, the White House put out an announcement that the president will soon begin a nine-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard. No one can credibly make the argument that Obama is loafing. He puts in the hours. But the trip is coming at a queasy moment for the economy and the markets. Stocks recorded another huge drop Wednesday, the third straight day of convulsive swings following Standard & Poor's announcement that it was downgrading America's credit rating.
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October 23, 2008 | Christi Parsons and , John McCormick, Parsons and McCormick are staff writers for the Chicago Tribune.
Barack Obama's mother was an adventurous woman who took her son around the globe. His grandmother was a rock of stability, giving him the American roots that would ground his teenage years as well as his career in politics. His mother died too young to see him become a U.S. senator, much less the Democratic nominee in the 2008 presidential election and someone who could become the first African American to win the White House.
NATIONAL
August 17, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
EDGARTOWN, Mass. - As the White House announced an upcoming presidential bus tour to focus on a middle-class agenda, President Obama was golfing at a private club on Martha's Vineyard. When Obama wanted to show he was engaged on the deepening political crisis in Egypt, he delivered a statement from the driveway of his rented estate - then zipped off for another nine holes. After skipping his summer vacation last year during the scrutiny of the campaign, a reelected Obama embraced his week of leisure with little worry about the inevitable political swipes at a vacationing president or the collision of images Washington calls "optics.
NEWS
December 22, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
KANEOHE, Hawaii -- President Obama began the holiday weekend as far removed as one could be from the stalled "fiscal cliff" talks in Washington: on a golf course in his native Hawaii. The first family arrived here just after midnight Saturday for their traditional Christmas trip to the island of Oahu, one that for the president is his bit of R & R after a grueling election year, though one that is likely to be briefer than usual given the Dec. 31 deadline to avert automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect.
NEWS
May 10, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- As he weighed a shift in his public position on gay marriage, perhaps no one had as much influence on President Obama as his wife, Michelle. "This is something that, you know, we've talked about over the years and she, you know, she feels the same way, she feels the same way that I do," Obama told ABC's Robin Roberts on Wednesday. Even as Obama's position was in a state of evolution, White House advisors said, the first lady went out of her way to invite gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual couples to the events she sponsored for military families.
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December 22, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas
We live in a world of conspiracy theories -- where nothing is as it seems, where even a  politician's benign photo op might have a titillating back story. Which brings us to the Obama family dog, Bo. Bo was last seen in the company of the president, who took him to PetSmart in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday as part of a holiday shopping excursion. PHOTOS: White House Christmas decorations So far, so good. The rest of the Obama family, as we know, has already started vacationing and is in Hawaii awaiting the president's arrival.
NEWS
December 20, 2011 | By Christi Parsons
While members of Congress point fingers at each other for gumming up the payroll tax cut, President Obama is watching the bickering from the White House--where he is apparently happy to spend the holiday season until a deal gets done. The rest of the Obama family has gone ahead to Hawaii for their pre-planned holiday trip. But aides say the president will continue to delay his vacation in hopes of inspiring House Republicans to take up a Senate-approved measure extending the tax cut beyond midnight New Year's Eve. Despite the delay in his beach trip, Obama was reveling in his prime political position on Tuesday.
NEWS
December 15, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
The first daughters are growing up quickly. The president's just getting grayer. Those are some of the immediate takeaways when viewing the Obama family's new official portrait, released by the White House on Thursday. It was taken on Sunday by official White House photographer Pete Souza, and shows President Obama, the first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha in the Oval Office with holiday decorations evident behind them. The family had just returned from church services, the White House said.
NEWS
December 15, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
The first daughters are growing up quickly. The president's just getting grayer. Those are some of the immediate takeaways when viewing the Obama family's new official portrait, released by the White House on Thursday. It was taken on Sunday by official White House photographer Pete Souza, and shows President Obama, the first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha in the Oval Office with holiday decorations evident behind them. The family had just returned from church services, the White House said.
NATIONAL
August 24, 2009 | Christi Parsons and Jim Tankersley
President Obama heads to the island resort of Martha's Vineyard today for a family vacation likely to be interspersed with talk of -- and work on -- his drive to pass a healthcare overhaul this fall. The president, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters are set to spend the week at the well-appointed Blue Heron Farm, a private estate they are renting from a family of Republican political donors. The 28-acre spread affords the Obamas access to the sand and surf, along with something else they don't get much of when they travel as a foursome: privacy.
NEWS
August 10, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas
When it comes to curbing unemployment, President Obama "will not rest" until everyone looking for a job can find one, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday. A couple of hours later, the White House put out an announcement that the president will soon begin a nine-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard. No one can credibly make the argument that Obama is loafing. He puts in the hours. But the trip is coming at a queasy moment for the economy and the markets. Stocks recorded another huge drop Wednesday, the third straight day of convulsive swings following Standard & Poor's announcement that it was downgrading America's credit rating.
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May 16, 2011 | By Tina Susman and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
President Obama met with victims of the flooding that rocked Memphis, Tenn., as officials in Louisiana continued to fight the river waters raging farther south. Memphis came within inches of setting a new flood record when the Mississippi River crested last week. Hundreds were forced to flee their homes for higher ground and shelters. The damage in Memphis is expected to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. "We're there for you, and we're grateful for your resilience," the White House quoted the president as telling a group of people with whom he met for about 35 minutes.
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