Steven Senne / AP PhotoObama Family TripsAs Obama's holiday ends, longtime summer resident Patricia Williams reflects on vacationing within arm's length of the first family—and Sen. Kennedy's profound effect on this tiny island.08.23.09 6:33 AM ETSteven Senne / AP PhotoSteven Senne / AP PhotoObama plays golf with House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn at the Vineyard Golf Club on Martha's Vineyard.Carolyn Kaster / AP PhotoObama, with his daughters Malia and Sasha, leaves the Bunch of Grapes book store in Vineyard Haven, Mass.Jim Young / ReutersSpectators wait for the president outside the "Bunch of Grapes bookstore" The first family is on a 10-day summer vacation. Vincent DeWitt / Getty ImagesThe Obamas' Portuguese water dog Bo is walked by a Marine helicopter after disembarking another helicopter on Martha's Vineyard. Charles Dharapak / AP PhotoPresident Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha visit Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine on July 16, 2010.Jim Young / ReutersThe president waves to tourists after stopping for ice cream in Bar Harbor, Maine.Yuri Gripas, AFP / Getty ImagesThe first family takes a boat tour in Frenchman Bay during their weekend vacation in Bar Harbor, Maine.Charles Dharapak / AP PhotoPresident Obama meets German visitors staying at a hostel across from Mount Desert Island Ice Cream in Bar Harbor, Maine.Charles Dharapak / AP PhotoMaine Governor John Baldacci, his wife, Karen Baldacci, and Rep. Mike Michaud (D), greet the first family at Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton, Maine.Alex Brandon / AP PhotoPresident Obama pauses on his bike ride with his family and friends, including Sasha, right, while on vacation on Martha's Vineyard on Aug. 27, 2009.Alex Brandon / AP PhotoMichelle Obama, accompanied by daughters Malia and Sasha, wave while they wait to get lunch in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.Jewel Samad, AFP / Getty ImagesPresident Obama and his daughters Malia and Sasha wait for their lunch order at Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard.Steven Senne / AP PhotoPresident Obama looks out from his golf cart while playing on the second hole at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard.Jewel Samad, AFP / Getty ImagesThe first family disembarks from Air Force One at the Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station in Martha's Vineyard.Alex Brandon / AP PhotoPresident Obama walks with daughter Sasha to Air Force One as he departs Maryland for Martha's Vineyard.Mandel Ngan, AFP / Getty ImagesPresident Obama and his daughter Malia walk on the boardwalk to watch the eruption of the Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming on August 15, 2009.Mandel Ngan, AFP / Getty ImagesMichelle Obama waits with her daughters Malia and Sasha to watch the eruption of Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone National Park. The Obama family took a three-day, four-state swing through the West last summer.Alex Brandon / AP PhotoPresident Obama, with Sasha, Malia, and niece Suhalia Ng, as they all try to decide on what type of ice cream to get at the Old Faithful General Store in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.Dana Felthauser / AP PhotoMichelle Obama and daughter Malia walk off Air Force One at Grand Canyon National Park Airport in Tusayan, Arizona on Aug. 16, 2009.Alex Brandon / AP PhotoThe president, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha Obama look at the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.Official White House photo by Pete SouzaThe first family lights a candle in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on June 6, 2009. The president made remarks honoring the 65th anniversary of D-Day during this trip.Martin Bureau, AFP / Getty ImagesThe first lady and her daughters arrive at the Pompidou Centre modern-art museum on June 7, 2009 in Paris. After the president flew back to Washington, the rest of the family stayed in Paris for a short private visit. They were cheered by huge crowds as they visited the Gothic splendor of the Notre Dame cathedral, and then went on to dine privately in a traditional bistro.Gerald Herbert / AP PhotoPresident Obama practices on the driving range after arriving to play golf in Kailua, Hawaii, in December 2008. The Obamas spent the holidays on the island before moving into the White House.Alex Brandon / AP PhotoThen-Senator Obama talks with his daughters as they tour the USS Arizona Memorial with family and friends in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in August 2008. The Obamas frequently vacation in Hawaii.Alex Brandon / AP PhotoPeople on the beach call out to then-presidential candidate Obama as he body surfs in Honolulu.Alex Brandon / AP PhotoPresident Obama eats shaved ice with his daughters Sasha and Malia and their friends in Kailua, Hawaii, in August 2008.Marco Garcia / AP PhotoObama sits on Kailua Beach in Hawaii in August 2008 with his 7-year-old daughter Sasha.