Obamas to return to Martha's Vineyard
President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia bicycle on Martha's Vineyard in 2011.
July 12th, 2013
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Obamas to return to Martha's Vineyard

(CNN) – After an election year break in vacations to Martha's Vineyard, the President Barack Obama will return to the island off Massachusetts in August for a week-long getaway from the White House.

A White House official said the president and first lady would travel to the summer resort on August 10, staying for a week. The official added that there were no public events currently scheduled for the stay.

Obama and his family traveled to Martha's Vineyard in the summers of 2009, 2010 and 2011, though they didn't take the trip last year in the final months of the 2012 presidential campaign. His past trips have included golf, grabbing ice cream with his two daughters, and bicycling around the 100-square-mile island.

Like many presidents on vacation, Obama has withstood some criticism of his Martha's Vineyard sojourns, including from then-GOP primary contender Mitt Romney in 2011.

"I wish the president were in Washington calling back Congress and dealing with the challenges we have," Romney said at an event in New Hampshire.

Martha's Vineyard, as a tony enclave where many of the country's mega-rich keep homes, has also provided Obama's rivals with fuel for their attacks on his vacation choices.

White House officials have argued in response to criticism that a team of advisers follow the president whenever he vacations, making it possible to carry out the duties of the presidency from outside Washington.

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Richard Long

    It's good to be the king! Just got back from Africa and now off to the vineyard. All you serfs can choke on cake!!!

    July 12, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. dixie

    Didn't this family just have a vacation to the tune of 100 million plus dollars? Just sayin'

    July 12, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    A BLACK man trying to spend time with his family – SHAME ON HIM!!!!! (*rolling eyes*). Let's count up all the vacation time of "WMD" Bush then members of Congress – President Obama's trips and vacations don't even come close.

    July 12, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. I Love Vacations

    I am happy for our President and the First family to relax some. OK haters I never hear you complain about The Republican led Congress. They work 3 days a week every other week and take the entire month of August off.

    July 12, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Data Driven

    LOL, you conservatives got nuthin. "Err, VACATION!!!"


    July 12, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Congress takes another unnecessary vacation and the right wingnuts love it. Bush spends over a third of his 8 terrible years on vacation, and the right wingnuts love it. If President Obama takes off any time, the uninformed viewers of Fox carry on like babies with severe diaper rash.

    July 12, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. dixie

    didn't they just come back from a 100 million dollar vacation? This is crazy. They only come back to Washington to plan the next vacation.

    July 12, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Only a fool would think the president only comes back to DC only to plan his next vacation. Although, there is not much productive legislation coming out of Boehner's house, other than attacks on women's rights, so it will be pretty quiet until 2014, when a lot of tea baggers get the boot.

    July 12, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Mark in Seattle

    The whaaaaaaambulance is on the way for all you low info goptp whiners. Have a great family vacation sir.

    July 12, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Len


    You and the rest of your right wing haters are destroying this country. You have never understood patriotism and never will.

    July 12, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Donkey Party

    To all you right-wing filth, the President was on a trade mission to Africa, not a vacation. But enjoy your freak-out nonetheless.

    July 12, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. greenbayguy

    Never voted for the man, but come on . . . everybody deserves family time and vacation. When the partisans start battling over something like this, we have truly lost sight of the real issues. But don't gloat Dems, you weren't any better from 2001-2009.

    July 12, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    heard that 35,000 government employees could have been spared their furlough days if he didnt take this trip.

    July 12, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  14. stars

    Take care Mr. and Mrs Obama

    July 12, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  15. don in albuquerque

    Hey Dixie where do you come up with this number 100 million? I know been talking to Bachman the has been again.

    July 13, 2013 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  16. Woman In California

    The First Family is taking a vacation in MV and (that is their RIGHT to do so). There is no need for me to defend this neverending nonsense.


    July 13, 2013 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  17. ThinkAgain

    @dixie: "didn't they just come back from a 100 million dollar vacation? This is crazy. They only come back to Washington to plan the next vacation."

    Were you this riled up when GW was taking YET ANOTHER VACATION IN CRAWFORD?

    Or how about when his twin teenage daughters were busted for trying to buy booze when they were underage?

    Just wondering ...

    July 13, 2013 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  18. Bill from GA

    Photo Caption: Malia: "Dad, you pose for the stupid photographers; I'd rather hang with Mama on the beach."

    Have fun, Barry, 1st Family!!

    July 13, 2013 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  19. joyfulmeme

    Let the hate begin. This President is not allowed vacations according to some. Africa was a business trip and done by most all recent Presidents. Like most executives for a trip like this they take their family. Taking the family did not cost the taxpayers more.

    Instead to of focusing so much on the president, folks need to take a look at their Congressman. They are the real boondoogles. They are paid very well to work only 3 days a week everyother week. In those 3 days they don't get anything done (particularly the house).

    Americans need to get serious when it comes to reviewing our government in action. Stop the hate and get the facts.

    July 13, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |