(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.
Another vacation? and we, the tax payers are paying for ALL OF THEM. Including Michelle's the lavish vacation to Spain. According to CBS News, the tax dollar part of the vacation include an estimated $146,000 round-trip cost for the U.S. Air Force 757 aircraft, not counting ground time; about $95,000 in hotel costs for an estimated 70 security personnel - Secret Service and military - who get a $273-a-day government per diem, plus costs for the dozen or so cars in her motorcade. MUST BE NICE, VACATION ON OUR MONEY. Obama has taken 22 vacatiomns since he took office on oour dime, while most of us are lucky to be able to afford maybe a week a year. Everything is falling apart in the USA and they take vacations wow, unbelievable
Obama diserves a vacation after all the cleanup that he has to do from 8 year mismanagement of this country. His first term is will be to put bandaid on all problems created during the Bush years (2 wrong wars, ignoring this countries problems, etc.), his second term will I hope be focused on more positive issues to bring back this country.
Vacation is the best place for you ! JUST GO AWAY !
I just love the way CNN support President Obama. If I am in a fight, CNN with a BEAR please help the BEAR
Why is it a big news? It is just FYI. Half the people in our company is on vacation. School is out and before school starts, go somewhere and hang out with your family. No big deal.
Not wise politically, but refusing to be ruled by polls and politics is actually sort of refreshing nowadays, isn't it?
Spent 6 days campaigning all over the United States, now a 10 day vacation. Great representation of our Commander in Chief. Nice that he can put the economy and jobs aside for a while.
Hope you're having fun Mr. President. Hopefullu you'll get a longer vacation on in November 2012.
He deserves a vacation. This guy has done more so far in his term than any other president in history. Have fun and relax Mr. President.
The country is in good hands with your VP until you return.
Looks like he'll be seeing a lot of t-shirts with the picture of bush and "miss me yet" on them, saw on the news this morning they are selling twice as many of those as obama shirts in martha's vineyard.
Wish I could afford a vacation this year but money is tight in the real world............
How nice! I'll bet there are many more people in this country that would love to go on vacation. Oops! They don't have jobs and can't afford it. This is the redistribution of wealth. He has taken everything from the poor and given it to himself. That's what taxes are for.
10 day vacation!. Most Americans are struglling to make ends meet and do not have the money to rest and recharge. I hope the President is paying for this vacation.
Good for him. Glad to see he can get away with the family before school starts.
Rather have him on vacation than in the white house so he cant screw up our country anymore.
"nice beaches, terrific food, great folks": sounds like Destin, Florida. 24 hours in Florida, 10 days in glitzy Martha's Vineyard...what is this guy thinking???? Says alot about where his heart is..or isn't!
Sure, Obama...... take ANOTHER vacation while the economy tanks and the American people suffer..... we'll just eat cake !
You know, really, who cares where the President vacations or how often he does? They have all taken vacations and they have all been at a variety of places. Some presidents have polled on where to go and some have not. President also took many vacations while in office and 2 wars flaring in the middle east.... so whats the problem? Wherever the president goes, his NSC team and military aides keep him informed and prepared. As many have said before, "You don't have to be in Washington to work." (Pres. G.W. Bush) Anyway... why is this newsworthy?
Of course they are going to be critical of everything President Obama does. Water is wet and the sky is blue. No duh! That's okay, we will make sure to give you Republican Jihadist another 4 years to complain about how great President Obama is. Enjoy your vacation Mr. President and recharge those batteries so you can continue to make fools out of the Republican American hatting Jihadist establishment.
US Presidents do not go on real vacations. They work through it. It only means, they are not at the White House. Media should stop characterizing it as a vacation and stop dedicating media time to it.
Have a wonderful time. Enjoy your family. You deserve it!
OH I get it, this is their real vacation and the other vacations were just photo op's. Glad that is cleared up. And to think that everyone just thought that he was just was goofing off. Man were we wrong, NOT!
Nice he can take ANOTHER vacation when millions are out of work because of his socalist policies. How much will this cost us above and beyond his wifes vacation to spain?
Just wishful thinking I know, but is there some way that we can make that ten day vacation permanent? It is so nice not to see that constantly moving mouth on the television screen.
Why is this President critized so much for his vacations. Bush went to Crawford 77 times for vacation during his presidency. Went to Camp David 149 times. Laura Bush went to Paris and other places. Reagans went to exotic spots. But this President burps and the critics are all over him. I have never seen a President have to deal with so much as this one. Bush and Republicans DID NOTHING while in Office. Oh excuse me, they passed tax cuts for the wealthy, a Medicare Prescription plan that was horrible and put our country at war.
This President, has passed more bills in his 18 months then any other President and people are still going after him. He's Anti-American, He's Muslim, He's not an American Citizen. Give me a break.
I blame the Glenn Becks, Tea Party's, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity's for alot of this. To me these people are anti-americans.
Good for them. I hope they relax and recharge.