Bush to spend Saturday on Md.'s Eastern Shore

October 18, 2007|By David Nitkin | David Nitkin,SUN REPORTER

President Bush's weekend excursions in Maryland are typically limited to bicycle rides in Beltsville or an overnight stay at Camp David.

But Saturday, the president will spend some time on the Eastern Shore, with a scheduled visit to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels followed by lunch at the nearby vacation home of Vice President Dick Cheney.

The White House announced the trip yesterday when it released a schedule of the president's public events for the next five days.

The public portion of the Saturday trip has a conservation theme.

The president, accompanied by first lady Laura Bush, will tour a complex for endangered cranes at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel and will make a statement on conservation of migratory birds. Bush will then head to the maritime museum, where he will deliver comments on efforts to protect striped bass and red drum.

He will then have lunch at Cheney's $2.5 million waterfront vacation home. That part of the day's activities will not be open to reporters, the president's schedule says.

Cheney frequently spends weekends on the Eastern Shore, and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and former press secretary Tony Snow have houses nearby.

There was no word on whether Snow or Rumsfeld would be invited for lunch.

david.nitkin@baltsun.com

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