Arriving in a small jet prior to the Obamas was the first dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog given as a present by the late U.S. Sen Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.; and the president's personal aide Reggie Love, who chatted with [Karen] Baldacci (Gov. John Baldacci's wife).Yes, that's correct First Dog Bo flew in his own plane separate from President Obama's Air Force One.
Earlier Friday, the Obama family was greeted by Gov. John Baldacci and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District, when they arrived in Trenton at about 12:25 p.m.
The early-morning fog quickly burned off and the sky was bright blue for the arrival of Air Force One, which in this case was a G3 Gulf Stream.Trenton Airport runways are too small for the normal 747 used as Air Force One. However, the entourage is described like this.
Air traffic at the small Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton was shut down for the presidential arrival. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter patrolled the air in anticipation of the first family's touchdown and a pair of local fire rescue trucks manned an otherwise empty tarmac at the private air hangar.Well at least they used G(overnment) M(otors) Chevrolets.
The Obamas then traveled onto Mount Desert Island in a motorcade of at least 16 vehicles. It was led by two Maine State Trooper cars and included five black Chevrolet Suburbans.
After checking into their Hotel.
Continuing their aggressive agenda, the Obamas checked into their hotel around 4 p.m. and, about an hour later, boarded a National Park Service boat at the hotel pier for a brief tour of the harbor.I firmly believe that the President is entitled to vacation time, but this is the 3rd vacation since the Gulf Oil Leak began (he has also been Golfing 10 times). Would not Tax Payer Dollars have been better spent on a trip to the Gulf, rather than Maine?
Surrounded and trailed by five smaller, faster Coast Guard boats as well as other crafts, the president cruised around Bar Island and Sheep Porcupine Island but turned around to head back into downtown Bar Harbor as a thick fog began to roll in.