The White House says Obama and his family will travel to their hometown on Thursday and stay through the weekend. It will be their first trip back home since a visit for Valentine’s Day weekend in February 2009.
On Monday, Obama is scheduled to participate in a Memorial Day ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill.
In Obama’s absence, Vice President Joe Biden will participate in the customary wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington.
Obama will however make it back to Washington in time next week to honor Paul McCartney, who has sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy.
Boy, I’m starting to think that West Point speech wasn’t from the heart.
Note: according to West Wing Report President Obama was not the first to Skip the Wreath Laying Ceremony at Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington. President Reagan missed in 1983 while in Williamsburg, VA and George HW Bush Missed in 1992 while he played golf on vacation in Maine.