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Obama interrupting summer vacation with trip to DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is doing something unusual with his summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard: He'll come back to Washington midway through the getaway to attend White House meetings.

The president and his aides for years have fended off questions about the timing of his vacations by arguing that Obama is president at all times and can do the job wherever he is since he travels with the advisers and communications equipment he needs to carry out his duties.

Obama is scheduled to arrive on the wealthy island off the Massachusetts coast on Saturday and return to Washington a week later, on Sunday, Aug. 17. Plans call for him to return to the Vineyard on Aug. 19 to resume the vacation, which ends five days later on Aug. 24.

Spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama will attend "in-person meetings" with White House staff. He declined to say who would attend the meetings or what they are about.

"This is an opportunity for the president to do some in-person meetings here at the White House, just for a day or two, before he returns to Martha's Vineyard," Earnest said Thursday.

Earnest sought to contain mounting speculation about the vacation, saying the meetings aren't related to "an emerging situation."

Still, there are many brewing issues that could require Obama's urgent attention, including a fragile cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants, Russia's buildup of troops along its border with Ukraine and the situation in Iraq, where a radical Islamist group is tightening its grip on northern Iraq.

Even so, crises rarely have forced Obama to cancel a vacation. His advisers often appear to take pride in resisting calls from Republicans for the president to return to Washington or from Democrats nervous about the appearance of Obama either vacationing or tending to what some may consider less urgent matters.

"He travels with an array of communications equipment and national security advisers that will allow him to perform all of the functions that are required of America's commander in chief," Earnest said. "That's true of any trip that he takes, and it will be true of the trip that the president takes this week."

In 2009, Obama remained on vacation in his home state of Hawaii after a man aboard a Detroit-bound flight tried to detonate a bomb on Christmas. Obama also pressed on with Martha's Vineyard vacations in 2010 as rebels in Libya were on the verge of ousting their government, and last year when Egypt's military overthrew the country's first democratically elected leader.

Just last month, Obama resisted calls while he was on a fundraising trip in Texas to visit the U.S.-Mexico border so he could witness the surge of unaccompanied children arriving there.

Pressed about the appearance of ignoring a humanitarian crisis, Earnest declared at the time: "We're not worried about those optics."

Obama has upended his travel plans on several occasions. He has canceled three trips to Asia, including one in 2013 because of the U.S. government shutdown. His late-December departures to spend Christmas in Hawaii frequently have been delayed because of late action on Capitol Hill. In 2012, he returned to Washington from a Hawaiian vacation to deal with "fiscal cliff" negotiations.

Obama's public appearances while on vacation typically are limited to stops at local businesses and dinner out with friends and family. But in another unusual twist this summer, Obama plans to attend a Democratic fundraiser on Martha's Vineyard on Monday.

The Obamas stay in Chilmark, on the western part of the island, and have rented a seven-bedroom, 8,100-square-foot house along the island's Vineyard Sound side, far off any main roads.

Obama has vacationed on the quaint island every summer of his presidency except during the 2012 re-election campaign.

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vladswim August 08 2014 at 7:27 AM

This bastard does not deserve a vacation. Actually, he does not deserve to be a President. He hates America.

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Bob August 08 2014 at 6:55 AM

Humans being slaughtered all over the world in civil unrest, tens of thousands crossing our southern boarders, the mideast on fire, one in six in poverty, 90 million cannont find work, 50 million on food stamps, 17 trillion in debt, unemployment over 10%, IRS, DOJ, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, VA and all Obama wants to do is play golf and stuff his face with fudge.

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and.then.what August 08 2014 at 11:31 AM

Barack Hussein Obama
interrupts his 6 year vacation (so far) to return long enough to commit a secret nefarious act against America..
No Good ever comes from any of Obama's 'secret agenda meetings'...
What happened to
Obama's promise to have
"The most transparent administration
in American history"...?

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TOM August 08 2014 at 6:47 AM


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pod4270 August 08 2014 at 7:57 AM

Actually, the LONGER this man is on vacation the BETTER it will be for the country. He is consistently on the wrong side of every issue. . . . what a joke president, 50 years ago he would have been impeached already.

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ronandjen2 August 08 2014 at 7:45 AM

He is coming back to sign his own law making millions of no skilled, non english speaking illegals legal, by passing congress and the constitution of the United States. He will be breaking the law, costing Americans billions upon billions in welfare, food stamp etc cost. Not to mention many are MS-13 gang members and criminals. Americans WILL NOT forget this cowardly move.

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pod4270 ronandjen2 August 08 2014 at 7:56 AM

Actually Americans "Will" forget. . . at least the 47% of them on government handouts. They really don't care anyways.

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Shu Shu pod4270 August 08 2014 at 8:42 AM

the ones will forget are the ones that get welfare and food stamps.
let us not forget all the wonderful jewish people that just couldn't cross the line and vote him out. They are ignorant as the welfare community

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dumbdogs pod4270 August 08 2014 at 1:35 PM

I disagree the burden all the extra handouts will cause current recipients benefits to drop, wait till that happens then watch the outrage when the hand outs stop,try and calm that storm and see what happens. I say let him be his own undoing. his blind followers need to be touched in a way they feel it their pockets.

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garfygoldstein ronandjen2 August 08 2014 at 10:15 AM

and what can we do about it??????

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TB August 08 2014 at 7:26 AM

With the world in flames, it's simply appalling that Nero would still consider yet another vacation....he has indeed "checked out".

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bwbet9 TB August 08 2014 at 7:28 AM

He never 'checked in'.

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dj446688 August 08 2014 at 7:22 AM

Just asking....but.....when is he NOT on vacation....just asking.

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solitarysurfer dj446688 August 08 2014 at 10:20 AM

Just asking... but how is it he can do so much to ignite the right wing nutters, if he never does anything??.. just asking.

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tpat912 solitarysurfer August 08 2014 at 11:45 AM

He has no problems with left wing nutters? Just asking.

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jcbstz dj446688 August 08 2014 at 11:59 AM

surfer, you just answered your own question. Liberal idiot. He doesn't do anything but insure that your welfare check comes every month

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hrdbal51 August 08 2014 at 6:57 AM

The biased liberal media is reporting that Obama is now more engaged in his job as Prez just before the Nov. elections. Obama does not want to deal with an all Republican Congress. If his radical Dems win in Nov. he can go back to being a sloth.

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begeology August 08 2014 at 7:53 AM

The world is going to hell and he goes on another vacation. What a joke of a President!

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rohrscheibcroh begeology August 08 2014 at 10:20 AM

I have not had a vacation in 8 yrs an this is news well shocking really

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jtmpmm rohrscheibcroh August 08 2014 at 12:38 PM

Get a different job and get off the internet in the middle of the workday.

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jackwhite2015 begeology August 08 2014 at 6:04 PM

lets see now..........the extreme right loons hate it when he goes on vacation, and they're all over him when he cuts one short.........I sure wish they'd make up their theoretical minds...

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