August 20th, 2010
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Obamas begin 10-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard

During his time in Martha's Vineyard last year, the president enjoyed some golfing.

During his time in Martha's Vineyard last year, the president enjoyed some golfing.

(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.

Related: Criticism likely to follow Obama on vacation

Burton said this vacation, which will last 10 days, will also include some work.

Updated: 9:18 a.m.

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  1. Rumpelstiltskin

    How long have I been asleep?
    Because the last I remember the USA was in a reccession/depression; sure am glad it's over
    – well done Mr.President, you deserve this!

    August 20, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Death Panel Sarah

    So what....
    He still has a lot less time off than any other President!!!
    Let him relax for a few days.....
    He can't get anything done with the 'party of NO'stopping everything he tries to do anyway!!!

    August 20, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Ochoa111

    Let's vacation to Maine..."wasted" trips to Gulf Coast(how much jet fuel burned for no gain ?), trip to Marbella Spain(rooms at
    $6,000. each (?), 10 day vacation to Martha's Vineyard (?). Do they have a mosque there ? We're fighting two(2) wars. The economy is
    in the tank. Gov- forced health care(?) Huge deficit spending. 43 cents of every dollar they are spending is borrowed money. First lady: over 20 assistants(?) Czars(many). Marxist/Socialist ideology. Soros
    money. U.S. bashing while abroad,Bowing to the Saudi king. What were you voters thinking in 2008 ? Well, you got it ! No, All Working
    AMERICAN CITIZENS got it. This November, Please vote . We must
    get a majority in Congress, just to save the U.S.A.

    August 20, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Angela

    Oh and by the way my husband has been out of work for two yrs,,,think I could use some of those dollars for a more than needed vacation..

    August 20, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. ~~ July ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    'Some' of course will ALWAYS question why the President does anything .... ' SOME' are those that did not vote for him. Until 'some' get the President they vote for ... then a new 'some' will question why THAT President does anything.......zzzZZzzZzzzz

    August 20, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. We voted for this?

    Obama supporters keep saying that this man needs all the vacations that he's taking.... really? It appears that he vacations/golfs every other week.

    This guy is pretending to be president. He doesn't listen to a vast majority of Americans, passing such unsustainable policies as Obamacare, the 3 'stimulus' packages, bailing out private companies/banks and trying to pass a manufacturing-killing cap and trade.

    It would almost be better for him to vacation and leave the free market alone... he's hurting America.

    August 20, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Papasan in AZ

    Bush was on vacation for 8 years...

    August 20, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Hangar 13

    Good for him, and good for the country. Much better to be on vacation than cramming ill-advised, socialistic legislation down the throats of an unwilling public. November can't come soon enough!

    August 20, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Barbara Caniff

    I voted for Obama and worked hard for him. If senior citizens had gotten a little raise, maybe we could have least taken a days vacation. I think the senior citizens are the forgotten people.

    August 20, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. David

    Good for you, Mr. President. Well deserved...

    August 20, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Bloqleaks

    Come on people, do think for one moment President Obama, will be vacationing?

    When your the most powerful person in the world, your working 25 hours in a 24 hour day.

    Give the man some slack. I'll bet he is seriously lucky if he gets an hour of uniterrupted time with his family.


    August 20, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. NAVYDiver

    Look fellow Americans our President is on another vaction...with 9.5% unemployment is anyone in the Goverment going to work, lord knows this clown is not going to!!!!!! Throw the BUMS OUT 2010 and 2012!!!!

    August 20, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. geecee

    Our President and the First Family have a right to go on vacation wherever they want. Would any of you complaining about his choice of vacation spots want someone to tell YOU where you should vacation? What is happening to our freedoms in this Country? The man can't go to the bathroom without getting criticized. Give him a break, will you? Why isn't this Country celebrating the last of our combat troops leaving Iraq instead of harping on where our President is going for vacation. Come on people, stop the nonsense and grow up! Enough of listening to the Fake Noise Channel. Let's realize all the good this President has done, instead of listening to the hate and venom constantly spewed by the malcontents out there.

    August 20, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. BradKT

    Stories like this are very misleading. This not like an employee who goes on a regular vacation. Presidents NEVER go in true vacations. They are presidents 24 hours a day and a crises can require their immediate attention at any time. They still receive a national security briefing every day...even when they are on a so-called vacation. They may not be in the office at the White House, but that doesn't matter. Their duties remain the same. They may forego ceremonial duties during that time, but that's about it.

    August 20, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. GI Joe

    When he starts dictating our vacations, we can dictate his. Until then, get off the hate and envy speech.

    August 20, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Anna Brown

    President Obama and Family,

    I wish you a great time.

    Anna Brown

    August 20, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Bill

    Happy Vacation Mr. Prez. You have had more time off than I have in your first18 months and I have worked at my job for 14 years. How does one get a job like yours. I have responsibility for world wide data center support and while I don't have the responsibility of war ... my job is on the line each and every day. I work 65 hours a week and have for the last 14 years.... You got yours in 18 months....

    August 20, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Did George W. Bush spend his vacation in Louisiana after Katrina, no he spent it in the luxury of his Crawford, Texas ranch as he did all during his presidency. Don't let your short term memory out smart you.

    August 20, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. cc

    Seems like everytime we turn on the TV or go on line the president is going on a vacation, what about the millions of unemployed, how many vacations have they got to go on since being downsized? I to was downsized. If the president spent as much time on the ecenomy as he does deciding where his next vacation will be spent, the country might not have so much anger toward him. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that.

    August 20, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Sherry

    How many vacations have I taken this year - 10! Why? Because I carefully plan my leave; and I have a strong work ethic - just like President Obama. Therefore, if you want to take more than one vacation a year - GET TO WORK!!!

    August 20, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Susan

    Let me get this straight... It was okay for Bush to vacation, but not so for Obama. For those of you making the most (negative) noise about the Obamas' vacation, get over it! I suggest that getting lives of your own might relieve you of some of your anger.

    August 20, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Barbara

    I'm sure Martha's Vineyard is not hard up for tourist dollars. It's probably one of the few areas that hasn't suffered economic hardship. 2 days in the gulf versus 10 in Martha's vineyard a token yester. I don't think people would be as critical if they had spent a longer period in the gulf. The gulf could really use the extra money and publicity that would come with the first family taking a "real vacation" there.

    August 20, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Slippery Sam

    Goodness, Let me count in the last month how many vacations they have taken. Now, let me count the time off that I've taken, hmmmmm.
    Seems to me that the Hope and Change thingy works for him. Hoping for some time off and a change of scenery. What a rip and on my tax dollars as well.

    August 20, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. William A. Schaedler

    I thought people elected this guy to get some work done. It seems like all he does is take vacations like Bush did. Looks like come November 2012 he'll be gone.

    August 20, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Linda

    Congratulations President Obama – a well deserved rest indeed.

    August 20, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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