Charles Dharapak/Globe Staff
President Obama and his family arrived today in Maine to begin a weekend vacation on Mount Desert Island and, within 40 minutes of landing, were taking a bike ride in Acadia National Park.
The president and his family touched down at Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton at about 12:17 p.m., according to the White House pool report.
Obama and his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, took a private ride on the trails around Witch Hole Pond, located just northwest of Bar Harbor. No public events are scheduled for the trip.
Obama was greeted at the airport by Governor John Baldacci, his wife, Karen, and US Representative Mike Michaud. Hundreds of spectators lined Route 3 into Bar Harbor and waved as the president's motorcade sped past, the pool report said.
The Globe reported today that residents of the area of fragrant forests, fog-veiled inlets, and granite mountains are used to A-list celebrities and feel like being in the limelight is no big deal.
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