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In The Know | State | Friday, July 16th, 2010, 1:20 pm

Psst … he’s here.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette| MaineToday Media
President Obama waves to the press after arriving at Bar Harbor Airport Friday.

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Rebekah Metzler | MaineToday Media
The First Family's plane, Gulfstream G3, taxis on arrival at Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton.
Rebekah Metzler | MaineToday Media
The Obama motorcade on the tarmac at Hancock County-Bar Harbor airport.

Obama arrived at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor airport around 12:25 today, and headed to Mount Desert Island in a presidential motorcade. There are a few photos up around the Web. Here is some info about how Maine news organizations are covering the First Family’s visit.

The Bangor Daily News has perhaps dedicated the most effort to the president’s visit. I’ve gotten word that at least three reporters are there this weekend, in addition to photographers. They’ve launched a subsection of their own website (, with a very smart looking banner) and are aggressively courting their readers for photos and tips via Twitter and Facebook. (Update: BDN reporters are also tweeting from the ground at @bdnlive more frequently than the site is being updated.)

Rebekah Metzler from MaineToday (Is she KJ? PPH? Political correspondent for the complete MaineToday empire?) has the first locally-written story I’ve seen so far. The rest of the papers seem to still be running the AP brief. Sadly, my hometown paper and the publication with the most to gain from this visit, The Bar Harbor Times, has yet to break Obama’s arrival, as of this writing. Neither has the Sun Journal, for that matter. (Update: BDN has its own story up now, too. The Sun Journal has broken the story, but as of 3:20 p.m., it’s still just the AP version).

While the question of where the First Family will stay has been answered, I’m left with more pressing concerns. Mainly: Where will they eat?  I doubt the president and his family will pop into Geddy’s for pizza burgers and lobster bowls, but here’s to hoping.

Mario Carmine Moretto is editor of Politicator and a founding editor of the Observer.

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