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Obama Camp David Rave Review: "Beautiful"

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ELKHART, Ind. — President Barack Obama has given the Camp David mountaintop retreat rave reviews after his first visit there.

Obama called the hideaway in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains "beautiful" as he talked Monday about his weekend visit to the presidential retreat with his wife, Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia.

"It was beautiful. The girls just had a great time. They had a lot of fun," Obama told reporters as he flew from the nation's capital to Indiana for a town hall-style meeting on the economic stimulus bill pending in the Senate. "You can see during the summer it's going to be a nice place to spend a lot of time."

Obama said he hit a few golf balls and played a little basketball while there.

Accompanying the first family were a friend of Sasha's, and a friend of Michelle Obama's who brought her two kids.

"So it was nice," Obama said.

Later Monday, Michelle Obama echoed her husband's comments during a visit to the Interior Department, where she thanked employees for their work.

"Barack and I and the girls, as you may have read, just had a little retreat away," she said. "We visited Camp David for the first time, and got to experience the beautiful, the beauty of those grounds, and it was just wonderful to get a bit of a break and to spend some quality time as a family in nature."