President Obama to spend long holiday weekend in Florida without MichelleSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:14
President Obama to spend long holiday weekend in Florida - - without Michelle
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE
February 14, 2013 | 7:38 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will spend the long holiday weekend in Florida, relaxing with friends.
The White House said this week that Obama would head to the West Palm Beach area on Friday, after a stop earlier in the day in Chicago, his hometown, to discuss economic proposals in his State of the Union address.
Spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday that Obama would spend a few days on Florida's Atlantic Coast relaxing with friends he did not identify. No public events were scheduled.
"The president of the United States is the president of the United States 24 hours a day, and will fulfill his responsibilities as president even while he's getting some well-deserved downtime with some friends this weekend," Earnest told reporters traveling with Obama. "I don't think the American people will begrudge him that."