5 Notable Summer White House Destinations


Santa Barbara, Calif.

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(Bob Galbraith/AP)

The dateline says it all. The press hotel was across the street from the beach. Three White House briefings a week, tops. President Reagan rarely left his ranch during his vacations, so there was no all-day travel pool duty or spending hours in a van or mini-bus waiting for presidential movements. Even if you had to file reports, you could be done by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time and it was still only 4:00 p.m. in Santa Barbara.

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