Obamas to Vacation on Gulf Coast First family will practice what it preaches By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jul 22, 2010 5:47 PM CDT 41 comments Comments The Obamas arrive home after their vacation in Maine. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (Newser) – The Obamas will do next month what they've been asking Americans to do all summer: vacation on the Gulf Coast. The first family will head to the region the weekend of Aug. 14, reports ABC. The Obamas took some flak when the first lady urged people to visit the region last week, just days before the family left for a Maine vacation. This will be the president's fifth Gulf trip since the BP disaster.