Mitt Romney and about 30 family members, including his five sons and their children aging from a few weeks old to 16, have descended on the New Hampshire town of Wolfeboro (pop. 6,200) for the Fourth of July holiday week.
"I'd say about a third of this town right now are either part of the Romney family or part of the Romney press corps that has come to keep an eye on him," relayed NBC News' Garrett Haake from New Hampshire on Morning Joe Tuesday.
Haake described a scene where the Republican candidate for president and his wife Ann "were cruising around in the lake with everyone else," via jet skis, taking their grandchildren for ice cream, and otherwise enjoying some R&R.
He noted that so far there was "no sign of any VP short-listers," and "it's by all accounts been a family weekend." Sen. Ohio Rob Portman, a potential running mate for Romney, is expected to be in the state next weekend for a fundraiser. Another name on the VP short-list—N.H. Sen. Kelly Ayotte—will also march in the local July 4th parade with the presidential candidate, Haake later reported.
The Romney multimillion-dollar lakefront home sits on Lake Winnipesaukee, a popular vacation destination. "His house, the way it is set up is way back into this cove, you can’t get anywhere near on land they’ve sort of bought up some of the land around it," said Haake. "From the water it’s quite open."
The president spent the last few days at Camp David. On Thursday, he will embark on a two-day bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania.