Obama to break up vacation with return to Washington
August 6th, 2014
07:03 PM ET
1 month ago

Obama to break up vacation with return to Washington

(CNN) - His past vacations have been interrupted by fights with Congress and foreign unrest.

This year, President Barack Obama is planning ahead, budgeting some work time into his two-week-long summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. Instead of spending the full span on the island, Obama will return to Washington for two days to attend meetings before heading back to the Massachusetts resort.

The President departs for Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday, and will fly back to Washington, D.C. a week afterwards, on Sunday, August 17. He’s slated to resume his vacation on Tuesday, August 19, returning again to the White House five days later.

Obama and his family have vacationed on Martha’s Vineyard every summer of his presidency except 2012, when he was running for re-election. In the past he’s spent only one week on the island.

His activities typically include golf, biking and taking his wife and daughters out to eat. This year he’ll also help raise campaign cash for Senate Democrats during an August 11 fundraiser.

As did all of his predecessors, Obama has withstood criticism from political rivals for taking vacations, though aides say he’s able to conduct his job from wherever he is using secure equipment.


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Shrub #43 spent 1/3 of chenye's presidency on vacation. The Hollywood demi good spent a lot do time in his CA ranch, so did Nixon and every other president but how dare Obama take vacation.
    Congress lazy bunch are the only ones who take a week off for one day for some of us and the whole month of August and I don't think we live in Europe or Latin America.

    August 6, 2014 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Enjoy your vacation Mr. President, you've earned it.

    August 6, 2014 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. MaryM

    I wonder if Congress will do the same

    August 6, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    Enjoy your vacation Mr. President....I can't say the same for congressional repubs..

    August 6, 2014 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. truindep

    So Obama is breaking up his vacation to return to Washington for 2 days , his work usually consists of golf, fundraisers and
    messing up the country , he can stay on a permanent vacation , he wont be missed

    August 6, 2014 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. cmml

    Wait – Obama can conduct his job from wherever he is using secure equipment? I guess all the whining about Bush spending time at Crawford Ranch was unfounded.

    August 6, 2014 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. Wes

    obama is a disaster.

    August 6, 2014 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. luke, AZ

    Beautiful first family !!!

    August 6, 2014 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. How thweet!!

    "His activities typically include golf, biking and taking his wife and daughters out to eat. This year he’ll also help raise campaign cash for Senate Democrats during an August 11 fundraiser."
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    OK, so what's new here? But, good lord, they will get to "eat out" every day! So how does that differ from their days in the White House with cooks, servants, and cleaneruppers?

    And when has Obama actually spent time in the White House WORKING?
    From what I see it's mostly fundraising, golfing, photo ops, avoiding direct responsibilities, blaming Bush, pretending he was actually a constitutional scholar (he-he!)
    It's a weird world, alright!

    August 6, 2014 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. smith1

    has taken less vacations than his predessor but will take the heat anyway from people that see no problem with a do nothing congress taking almost a month only to come back for 10 days and then off ago

    August 6, 2014 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  11. Smitty

    Failure after failure for the biggest liar of the year. How can he even look at himself in the mirror??

    August 7, 2014 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    OK you right wing morons. Hannity cried to you about the President's vacation. Start attacking him; we don't care, and neither does the President. He will do whatever he needs to keep the country moving forward. Unlike your GOP Stooges who took a summer break without doing ANYTHING!!!!!

    August 7, 2014 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  13. Kung Fu Kool

    Obama works. Tnutz whine. It's a pattern of hate.

    August 7, 2014 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  14. Stuffitu

    I see that the most corrupt, inept, incompetent president in history is going to sign the Veterans bill before he goes off on his latest taxpayer funded vacation. Of course he will, it does nothing to help the veterans and only authorizes the hiring of new members of a corrupt union to sit around and suck up more tax payer money, a typical democrat liberal, Obozo style solution that will make the problem worse.

    August 7, 2014 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  15. croaton999

    He plans to issue another unconstitutional edict. All hail King Obama amnesty for all.

    August 7, 2014 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  16. Rob

    Take time off from vacation to fund raise. Seems like vacationing and fund raising is about all he does

    August 7, 2014 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    Obama does the least amount of damage to the country, while on vacation. We are all better off, when he IS on vacation.

    August 7, 2014 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  18. rla

    Will he be kicking and screaming as they load him into the plane?

    August 7, 2014 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  19. Norma Vessels

    You and your family deserve a vacation more than anyone, sir. You have such a stressful job, even more so than our past Presidents. I've never seen such anger toward a President .. who hasn't even done anything wrong, but only helps us .. fighting against the do nothing Congress, and I mean the Republicans in Congress.

    August 7, 2014 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    As did all of his predecessors, Obama has withstood criticism from political rivals for taking vacations, though aides say he’s able to conduct his job from wherever he is using secure equipment.
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    George W. Bush spent about 1/3 of his time in office on "working vacations." Bush pioneered the technology, the idea of a telecommuting POTUS. It's been said that Bush had a "secure installation" of equipment at his Crawford, Texas ranch.

    August 7, 2014 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Stuffitu

    I see that the most corrupt, inept, incompetent president in history is going to sign the Veterans bill before he goes off on his latest taxpayer funded vacation. Of course he will, it does nothing to help the veterans and only authorizes the hiring of new members of a corrupt union to sit around and suck up more tax payer money, a typical democrat liberal, Obozo style solution that will make the problem worse.
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    I'm pretty sure that he signed it last week, before the Senate shut down. Anyway, this V.A. bill that you're so upset about is not the Senate version, but rather a scaled down version that the House had come up with. If you have a problem with it, then I suggest you take it up with House Republicans.

    August 7, 2014 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  22. Really??

    The Imperial "Community Organizer" returns to his throne with phone and pen in hand. The House, once again, passes a bill to address a big issue and Harry Reid adds it to the pile that’s upwards of 350 bills on his desk. Harry and the Dems in the Senate are the road block preventing anything “Politically Sensitive” from reaching Obama. This gives Obama protection and another excuse for executive overreach thus breaking the law again! How disgraceful. Wake up America!!!

    August 7, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |