President Obama Skipping Memorial Day Ceremony

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Solyndra Inc. solar facility May 26, 2010 in Fremont, California. President Obama toured Solyndra Inc., a growing solar power equipment facility that is adding jobs as they expand their operation. (Getty Images)more pics »Barack Obama (Getty Images)A small controversy has risen, after a report that President Obama would not be attending a traditional Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Instead, Obama will spend the holiday with his family in Chicago.

Traditionally, presidents would lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. Some conservative groups are angered by the move.

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"Obama will however make it back to Washington in time next week to honor Paul McCartney, who has sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy," seethes conservative commenter Michelle Malkin.

Obama will also spend part of Memorial Day weekend visiting the Gulf Coast, surveying the damage from the recent oil spill there.

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