Following a visit to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele took President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, on a tour of Frenchman Bay late Friday afternoon, five hours after the first family arrived in Bar Harbor.

Things were quiet on the pier late Friday afternoon until, at about 5:30 p.m., Secret Service agents quickly walked along Harborview Park at the end of West Street, telling people they must move to the other side of the street. Almost as quickly, the presidential motorcade, minus the first family, came down West Street to the pier. The activity brought crowds of excited locals and visitors to the pier, where a green-and-white park boat shepherding the presidential party motored up the bay. The crowd cheered and waved at the Obamas, and the Obamas waved back, smiling. The boat then docked at a private pier near Stewman’s Lobster Pound and entered the restaurant from a back door.

As the president and his family dined, the crowd on West Street quickly grew into a mass of several hundred. They were kept on the far side of the street with the use of police tape and the assistance of the Secret Service, officers from the Bar Harbor and Mount Desert police departments, as well Maine State Police, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and park rangers.

The presidential party was in Stewman’s for about an hour, having pictures taken with the restaurant’s staff before leaving out the front door, entering the awaiting motorcade, and being whisked up West Street in the direction of the the Bar Harbor Regency, which is where they are staying during the weekend visit to Mount Desert Island.

The Bar Harbor Times Reporter Mac Smith can be reached at 288-3311 or