MIAMI (CNN) - The standoff between the United States and Russia over Ukraine is not preventing President Barack Obama from pursuing his domestic agenda – and his vacation.
The foreign policy crisis has occupied the bulk of Obama's attention this past week although he’s also carved out time to press issues opposed by Republicans: his budget proposal, a hike in the minimum wage, and encouraging Latinos to sign up for Obamacare.
He continued the theme on Friday by visiting a school in Miami to encourage more teenagers to apply for college financial aid.
It's a balance Obama has attempted to strike throughout his presidency, from navigating the Arab Spring to sizing up the young new leader of North Korea – all while attempting to shore up a sluggish U.S. economy.
Obama also isn't letting the incursion of Russian troops into Ukraine's Crimean peninsula prevent him and his family from enjoying a weekend away from Washington, currently beset by cold temperatures and sloppy piles of melting snow.
While the White House signaled earlier in the week that a long-planned getaway in South Florida could be nixed due to overseas events, the commander-in-chief and his family will remain in Key Largo for the weekend.
All presidents are routinely criticized for taking time off even though the chief executive always travels with a full retinue of aides and secure communications equipment. This means he can work and the requirements of the job are never far away.
Tony Blinken, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, was on the Florida trip.
"What the President will be doing this weekend in Florida is essentially what the President would be doing back at the White House. It's just that the weather will be a little warmer," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
The Obamas will stay at the Ocean Reef Club, a private compound that still enforces a dress code "designed to complement today's more casual lifestyles while still respecting the Club's longstanding traditions."
It boasts 36 holes of golf as well as spas and restaurants.
Earlier this year, Obama tacked a weekend of golf in California onto a meeting with the king of Jordan at the Sunnyland's estate near Palm Springs. And he golfed regularly on his annual Christmas vacation in Hawaii.
At his event Friday at a Miami magnet high school, Obama tried to persuade more students to complete the paperwork required to obtain federal financial aid for college.
The White House says the U.S. Department of Education will begin identifying individual students who haven't filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and use the information to try and convince them to apply.
“No striving, hardworking young American should ever be denied a college education just because they can't afford it,” Obama said at Coral Reef Senior High School.
He also blasted Congress for what he said was intransigence in approving his education agenda.
“Congress needs to stop doing nothing,” he said. “We need to do right by America’s students and America's teachers.”
It's all part of Obama’s attempt to increase opportunities for middle class Americans, which has been the goal of his second-term domestic agenda. Part of the push has included pressing Congress to increase the federal minimum wage.
During remarks on Wednesday in Connecticut, Obama said that the global flashpoints that have sprung up during his tenure should serve as a reminder of the importance of fortifying the American middle class.
"There's been a lot of news about foreign affairs around the world over the last several days, but also for the last couple years," Obama said. "It doesn't matter whether it's in Central Europe or in the Middle East or Africa - individuals want a chance to make it if they try. And what makes us special is we already do that when we're at our best. But we've got some work to do to match up our ideals with the reality that's happening on the ground right now."
He made no mention of the Ukrainian crisis while in Florida.