After eight years of presidential vacations on the Pacific, reporters switched coasts to cover President George H.W. Bush at his vacation home on the Atlantic. Bush wasn't a vacation recluse and would embark on vacation outings to play golf, go for power walks on the beach, or go fishing and speed boating on the Atlantic. Kennebunkport was a far smaller town than Santa Barbara and would often get clogged by traffic jams. But reporters could keep a closer eye on the president.