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Presidents on Vacation

America's leaders have tried to escape Washington, D.C., almost since there was a Washington, D.C., to escape from, and whether that means fishing in Maine or bicycling on Martha's Vineyard, it usually means images of presidents trying not to look awkward while enjoying their vacations like the rest of us.

Obama on Vacation

Aug. 15, 2009: President Obama visits Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park with his family.

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Bush Jr. on Vacation

June 29, 2007: President George W. Bush waves his hat as his father pilots their boat in Kennebunk, Maine.

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Clinton on Vacation

Aug. 31, 1994: President Clinton and Hillary Clinton riding bicycles on Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

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Bush Sr. on Vacation

Dec. 27, 1991: President Bush hunts at the Lazy F Ranch in Beeville, Texas.

Reagan on Vacation

March 19, 1985: President Reagan rides a horse at Rancho del Cielo, Santa Barbara, Calif.

President Jimmy Carter

May 30, 1977:  President Jimmy Carter and daughter Amy wade into the Atlantic Ocean at Sea Island, Ga. The president took Amy swimming late in the afternoon.

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Ford on Vacation

July 13, 1975: President Ford plays golf while on vacation on Mackinac Island, Mich.

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President Richard Nixon

March 8, 1969:  President Richard Nixon, left, and his friend, Charles G. "Bebe" Rebozo, wave while walking along the dock at the Key Biscayne Bay. The president took a cruise in Biscayne Bay on his government yacht, "Julie."

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Kennedy on Vacation

June 1, 1961: Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy with children John Jr. and Caroline and dogs on vacation.

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President Harry S. Truman

November 28, 1949:  President Harry Truman and his family, Mrs. Bess Truman and daughter Margaret, at Boca Chica Naval Air Station after their arrival in Florida for a vacation

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower

July 23, 1952:  When he isn't trout fishing or busy over the cabin's electric stove, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower devotes a good deal of his time to his oil painting during his vacation in the Colorado mountains. 

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President Franklin Roosevelt

June 26, 1933: Activity aboard the Amberjack 11, with all hands busy at some appointed task as the presidential vacation yacht sailed on  in Penobscot Bay, Maine. 

James Roosevelt is assisting his brother, John, to haul in the main sail. 

Seated in extreme right in stern of craft is Franklin Jr. At the wheel, between James and John, is President Franklin Roosevelt. 

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President George H.W. Bush

August 25, 1990: U.S. President George H.W. Bush, right, receives his morning national security briefing at his Walker's point home, vacationing at Kennebunkport, Maine.

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President George H.W. Bush

August 11, 1990: President George H.W. Bush comments to reporters at his Kennebunkport home in Maine, after meeting with his advisers on the Middle East crisis.

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President George H.W. Bush

May 29, 1990: President George H W Bush and his granddaughter, Ellie LeBlond, watch the Memorial Day parade.

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President George H.W. Bush

Sept. 5, 1989: President George H.W. Bush waves as he exits Air Force in afternoon, while granddaughter Marshall Bush leads the way followed the followed by first Lady Barbara Bush, dog Millie, returning from his summer vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine

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President Bill Clinton

Aug. 22, 1995: Wearing a white cap and glasses, Hillary Clinton sits in the middle of the boat during a rafting trip down the Snake River south of Jackson, Wyo.  President Clinton can be seen to Hillary's right, wearing a brown hat.

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President Bill Clinton

Aug. 15, 1995:  President and Mrs. Clinton leave the White House Tuesday, arm-in-arm as they start their vacation.  The first family left Washington for a two-week vacation in Wyoming.

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President Bill Clinton

August 31, 1994: First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Clinton ride bikes from Edgartown, Mass. to Oak Bluffs, Mass. The First Family is vacationing on Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts.

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President Bill Clinton

Aug. 21, 1993:  President Bill Clinton, with his daughter Chelsea, looks over winning vegetables in the Agricultural Fair and Livestock Show in West Tisbury, Ma. The Clintons are vacationing on the island off Cape Cod, Ma.

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President Bill Clinton

August 15 1993: President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea take a horseback ride on Grouse mountain in the resort town of Beaver Creek, Co.

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President Bill Clinton

July 13, 1993:  President Bill Clinton steadies himself on a Secret Service agent as he puts on swim fins, preparing to snorkel drive at Hanauma Bay marine life preserve near Honolulu on third day of the Clinton family Hawaii visit. Girl at left is unidentified friend of Chelsea Clinton.

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President Ronald Reagan

 Dec. 29, 1988:  President Ronald Reagan accompanied by Mayor Sonny Bono, waves to onlookers as he arrived at the Palm Springs, Calif. airport. President and Mrs. Reagan will spend their New Year's holiday at the nearby estate of Walter Annenberg at Rancho Mirage.

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President Ronald Reagan

Dec. 31, 1984:  President Ronald Reagan, with this wife Nancy, waves to photographers as they leave a party at the El Dorado Country Club in Indian Wells near Palm Springs, California. They are spending a five-day New Year's vacation at the nearby estate of Walter Annenberg.

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President Ronald Reagan

August, 26, 1984: President Ronald Reagan carries briefcase and duffel bag as he arrives at airport in Santa Monica, Calif. Reagan, who is on vacation at his ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif., arrived in Los Angeles for three days of private meetings.

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President Ronald Reagan

August 15, 1984:  Nancy Reagan waves as she and President Reagan walk toward Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport in morning in Los Angeles. 

The president flew back to Washington, ending a long vacation at his Santa Barbara ranch. The president began his vacation by opening the Olympic Games July 28 and ended it with the marriage of his daughter Patti.

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President Ronald Reagan

Feb. 4, 1984:  President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan prepare to board Marine One, the presidential helicopter, on the South Lawn of the White House for the short trip to Camp David, Md., where they will spend the weekend.

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President Ronald Reagan

May 1982: President Ronald Reagan, left, and his wife, first lady Nancy Reagan, are shown horseback riding at their ranch, Rancho del Cielo, near Santa Barbara, Ca.

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President Jimmy Carter

May 30, 1977:  President Jimmy Carter and his daughter, Amy, swim in the Atlantic Ocean at Sea Island, Ga. The first family is visiting nearby St. Simons Island and the president and Amy went to a private section of the beach to swim.

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President Jimmy Carter

May 29, 1977:  President Jimmy Carter and daughter Amy show off part of their catch from a twelve-hour fishing trip, in St. Simons Island.

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President John F. Kennedy

July 25, 1960:  John F. Kennedy is shown with wife, Jacqueline, who reads to their daughter Caroline, at Hyannis Port, Mass.

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President John F. Kennedy

July 19, 1960:  Senator John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline are seen aboard the family yacht "Marlin" for a sail around Nantucket sound. The Kennedys are on vacation in Hyannisport.

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Aug. 22, 1959:  President Dwight D. Eisenhower shown as he arrived at his vacation office at the Hotel Gettysburg for what is expected to be his last working session before leaving for his European trip.

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President Richard Nixon

Dec. 31, 1957:  Vice President Richard Nixon clad in swim shorts poses for a picture with Reid Seldon, 8, son of Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence V. Seldon of Longmeadow, Mass. Nixon is spending a holiday vacation on Key Biscayne, Fla.

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President Richard Nixon

August 11, 1955:  U.S.Vice President Richard Nixon, accompanied by his wife Pat Nixon and two daughtes, Julie, 7 , and Patricia, 9, hold hands as they leave the Fantasyland Castle at Disneyland.

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President Harry S. Truman

Aug. 27, 1946:  President Harry S. Truman stands on gamgway of the yacht Williamsburg contemplating the water, before a dip in the Atlantic off Bermuda during his vacation cruise.

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President Harry S. Truman

Nov. 24, 1948:  Harry S. Truman, center, is seated with his wife, Bess, and daughter, Margaret, in Key West, Fla.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt

 Aug. 3, 1941:  President Franklin D. Roosevelt lifts his dog Fala as he prepares to motor from his special train to the Yacht Potomac at New London, Conn.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt

August 14, 1939: President Franklin D. Roosevelt (in launch) looks over the schooner Benham off Campobello Island, New Brunswick,  where the cruiser Tuscaloosa brought him on his vacation cruise.

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Presidents on Vacation

America's leaders have tried to escape Washington, D.C., almost since there was a Washington, D.C., to escape from, and whether that means fishing in Maine or bicycling on Martha's Vineyard, it usually means images of presidents trying not to look awkward while enjoying their vacations like the rest of us.

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