(CNN) - President Barack Obama and his family begin a week-long vacation in Martha's Vineyard on Friday - the president's second time on the island off the coast of Massachusetts.
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In 2009, Obama spent time there golfing and hanging out with family and friends.
"It's a beautiful part of the country. It has really nice beaches and the folks are really great," Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton told reporters Thursday. "The food is terrific. And it's some place that the president went before he was president and likes to go back because it's a comfortable place where he can rest and recharge the batteries a little bit."
Some have questioned why the Obamas have chosen to go to an elite holiday spot in Massachusetts instead of the Gulf Coast, as Obama had encouraged Americans to help bolster tourism there. The first family - minus eldest daughter Malia - did visit Panama City, Florida, August 14-15, however. There, the Obamas swam in the Gulf of Mexico and played miniature golf, and the president met with business leaders about the BP oil spill and its effect on the region.
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Burton said this vacation, which will last 10 days, will also include some work.
Updated: 9:18 a.m.
Does he ever do any work???
This isn't the usual criticism-drawing maneuver that Conservatives would usually go after. This is a laughter-drawing maneuver, as it is clear that any Obama exposure is bad for candidates involved in the upcoming elections.
Obama literally has to disappear with his horrendous approval ratings for them to have any shot.
wish i could afford a 10 day vacation. oh wait, i dont even GET that much vacation time during a year. some of us actually have to work during the year and dont get 10 days of vacation for what seems to be every 3 days of actual work.
For everyone who will complain about this, as a reminder, W took more time off than any other president in history, including FDR. And this was with two wars going on. Give the guy a break! After all, the President never really is on vacation no matter what he does and where he goes.
The 'Vacation President' literally and cognitively; getting as much travel on the taxpayer's dime as possible and aloof to the consent and will of the people.
Obamas Whole Life has been a VACATION – just that NoW IT'S ON our MONEY!!!
What comes around goes around, democrats, after all the years of Bashing BUSH , now your guy is in there and is taking vacation after vacation, you want to say get off your guy. You people are pathetic little hypocrites, GW bush was a patriot and a man of Courage. Obama is a child that is in over his head. Obama is a small little man that will go down as the worst president in our countries history. Move over Jimmy Carter here comes Obama!!!!!
What's wrong with Camp David? Oh Bush went on his share of vacations too – but mostly to his ranch in Texas. A bit more cost effective and a whole lot less ELITIST. They just can't seem to help themselves – can they?
I'm sure the republicans will have a field day with this. Remember how many days BUSH took before you throw stones. Oh, I forgot republicans are above the law.
And now let the brainwashed Republican'ts sing us a chorus of how Obama has taken more vacations than any two previous presidents combined.
No really, let all those lies flow forth. I love to read your delusions.
Let; pray that our President will be able to have a real vacation without interruption this year. You deserve it Sir. You are one of the hardest working President ever. Keep up the good work and may the ungrateful, hateful, never satisfy people of this great country come to
see the truth in you. May our dear Lord and Savior keep you safe and give you this time of rest and peace to re-charge. So you can continue this momentum work in bringing our country back from the brink of destruction that was caused by the Republicans.
May he stay gone. He's a blight on the US. We could have elected Hillary.
Why can't he just stay in the Oval office and get relief and relaxation for a while like Clinton did, hell he got a-broad and never left US soil...It is not the vacation part that is bothersome, he should take off 364 days a year, minimize damage. It is the TAX dollars being wasted for all that entourage staff that follow the anointed one about and protect him from his beloved people, a lot more cost than say sitting at a farm in Crawford, Texas.
Hasn't he been on vacation since he was voted in?
CNN you had this non-story yesterday and I will say what I say yesterday "THIS IS NOT NEWS" ALSO YOU HAVE BECOME NOTHING MORE THAN A TABLOID RAG. I would rather read the STAR OR THE ENQUIRE at least their stories are more indept and they empact our lives, not like this trash you print to try and get people mad and the FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT. In 200 years or so how many President have we had and how many have taken vacations, even you and your employees take vacation. Everyone that works in America takes vacation off from work. Yet, every time this President take off you are right their with you NOSE UP HIS BUTT. CNN please do so real reporting and wait for some real news to report and not this trash. CNN I really do question you judgement on what you and you boss decides to print as news. I mean you seam to have no idea what is worthy and what is worthless. Get yourself a better editior.
Hey , Drive-by media why don't you notify us when Odumwa visits the AWhite House?
It must be nice.I am trying to make it from one pay check to the next, with chronic pain over half of my body. My wife was diagnosed with MS earlier this month. Her meds expected to be about $3500 per month. We had to cancel our health insurance two years ago when the premium became higher than our morgage payment.
Looks like the economy is doing ok for someone. As Mel Brooks once said "It's good to be the King."
Another vacation?? This is the guy who WANTED to be president, FOUGHT to be president and now he runs away from the White House every chance he gets. He does two things very well. Criticize President Bush and go on vacation.
Good. While all of you Obama fans and supporters are standing in unemployment lines or sitting in your public housing watching Oprah think about your blessed hero on another vacation from working so hard doing nothing. I guess Moochelle is exhausted still from her trip to Spain so she needs a vacation from her vacation. Of course this will be a "working" vacation so taxpayers can pick up the tab.
Crap. If we wanted a monarchy we would never had broken with England to begin with.
Well at least he can afford a vacation to an elitist spot.
What am I saying ... he gets to go for free.
Love America ........
He just took a vacation in Florida a week ago, now a 10 day vacation? Must be nice.
For those ignorant Republicans who have the nerve to complain – where were you voices when Gw spent a month every year in Texas. In fact, he spent a great deal of time in Texas. Didn't hear you complain then. I am so ashamed that I was once a Republican. The reason this country is in such as mess still lies in your laps. Every effort to get anything done is blocked by you all. You do not care about this country – all you care about is winning the next election and to he– with the country. If lies and gross exaggerations are what you need to get it done, you don't care. Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin along with tLimbaugh, Beck, Rove and Hannity are only one step above a domestic terrorist GW stayed in power by using fear and you all trying to regain power the same way. Let the man have a few days off- a lot fewer than GW ever had.
This sure seems to be a nice "recovery summer" for the Obamas? Have you enjoyed the "recovery summer" ? I can think of about 500,000 people who would say no and perhaps a few more. Thanks Barack and Nancy. Your visionary leadership had been a curse upon the land.
It's time to grow up about presidential vacations.
Whether it's Bush or Obama, the modern president travels with staff and full communications resources. For decades now, the president remains fully "in touch" even when on vacation. Hence, taking a vacation is not as dramatic a change as for us plebians.
All the criticism about presidential vacations is just political posturing - regardless of which side makes the claims.
Now watch how he gets ripped apart for this...