A Presidential Visit to Maine
The Obama family is visiting Bar Harbor, Maine this weekend. There’s nothing like a visit from a standing president to generate publicity for a tourism destination. Hundreds of media people are following the first family around, and others are talking about it on TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. Maine will definitely benefit from all this positive publicity. Even though we think it’s hot here, reporters on the Today Show this morning were saying how cool it is compared to Washington and New York.
They chose Maine because they wanted to visit a national park where they could enjoy hiking and biking. Maine has a national reputation for its outdoor adventure vacations. Immediately upon their arrival yesterday, they hiked up Mount Cadillac and biked on the Carriage Paths. The President didn’t even change out of his dress shirt before going hiking. He must have been hot. That’s why they also went for ice cream in Bar Harbor. I wonder if they had the lobster-flavored ice cream?
Our governor, John Baldacci and his wife Karen Baldacci greeted the first family when they arrived at the Trenton airport, along with Congressman Mike Michaud. The governor presented the First Family with a gift bag of Maine gifts.
Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park are beautiful places. I lived there while working at Hinckley Yachts back in 1985 and 1986. The ‘back side’ of the island is particularly beautiful and not as touristy as Bar Harbor, but with the Obamas visit lasting only 2 1/2 days, I doubt they will go there. I lived in the village of Manset where I was able to go out and get mussels off the rocks in my ‘front yard’ to cook for dinner each night. That was a real treat!
The good news is that the WCSH weather just reported that Bar Harbor is going to be one of the coolest spots in the state today. I hope that the Obamas have a great weekend in our state!