Obama Takes a Break in the Virgin Islands

Family fun in the sun at St. Thomas beach resort
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2008 4:11 AM CDT
French, American, U.S.Virgin Islands, and the Danish flag fly at the Frenchtown Marina in Frenchtown, St. Thomas, U.S. V.I. in this March 30, 2002 file photo.    (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes, File)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama is taking a breather from the grueling campaign trail in the US Virgin Islands, AP reports. The candidate and his family flew Sunday to St. Thomas, where tourists spotted them at a beach resort. Obama has been spending his downtime golfing rather than politicking, although he was greeted by the territory's Democratic governor at the airport.

Officials in the US territory—where Obama swept the Democratic caucuses last month—were tight-lipped about the visit, and a hotel manager escorted a photojournalist off the premises. CNN filmed the candidate on a lounge chair, surrounded by family members, with a cell phone glued to his ear. Obama resumes campaigning in North Carolina tomorrow.