Obama and family go bike-riding on Martha's Vineyard after Egypt briefing

President Obama and his family went for a morning bike ride Friday following the president's national security briefing on Egypt.

The president and first lady were joined by their daughters, Sasha and Malia, who arrived on Martha's Vineyard Thursday afternoon for the final half of the president's eight-day sojourn. The first family rode through the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, a 5,300 acre forest in the center of the Massachusetts Island.

According to the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation, the park was first created as a reserve in 1908 in an attempt to prevent the extinction of the Heath Hen. It now features more than 14 miles of bike baths and is now the focus of a large-scale environmental restoration project intended to return the site's native ecosystem.

The first family was spotted by reporters along a path winding through the woods. The first lady and Sasha appeared first, speeding by on their bikes. The first lady wore white capris and a light blue tank top, while Sasha had on florescent green shorts and pink sneakers. 

The president and Malia rode by a few minutes later, with the president in a blue short sleeve polo shirt and khaki shorts and Malia wore orange shorts and a blue T-shirt. All of the Obamas wore helmets.

The president took time to briefly acknowledge the group of reporters under a tree, remaking that it was a "nice day" on the island, where temperatures were in the mid-70s.


"Having a great time, as always," Obama said, as he pedaled away.

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The president's bike ride came just an hour after the White House said the president received a briefing on the deteriorating conditions in Egypt from National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

A "Day of Rage" march Friday saw tens of thousands of demonstrators flood the streets of Cairo in protest of the military ouster of President Mohamed Morsi and a subsequent crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood camps in the city. More than 600 Egyptians have died so far in the clashes. 


-This post was updated at 11:45 a.m.

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