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Obama leaves DC for Massachusetts island vacation



By JULIE PACE

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Saturday fled Washington for his familiar spot on Martha's Vineyard for a two-week summer vacation, which comes as the U.S. is engaged in airstrikes against Islamic militant targets in Iraq.

Obama, along with wife Michelle, daughter Malia and dogs Bo and Sunny, arrived at a Coast Guard station on Cape Cod before heading to the island off the Massachusetts coast. The presidential motorcade wove its way around Martha's Vineyard before pulling down a secluded drive that led to the Obamas' rented vacation house.

The Obamas' youngest daughter, Sasha, was not on Air Force One, but the White House said she would be joining the family for part of the vacation.

The president spent just 30 minutes at the house before taking off for the golf course. Joining Obama for a round at the Farm Neck Golf Club were former NFL player Ahmad Rashad, NBA player Ray Allen, and Cyrus Walker, the cousin of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Obama has spent at least part of his summer in Martha's Vineyard each year he has been president except 2012, when he was running for re-election. In an unusual twist, he's breaking up his vacation with a two-day return to Washington midway through the trip.

Obama's advisers have been cagey about why the president is returning to Washington, saying only that he plans to hold in-person meetings at the White House

The president typically keeps a low-profile on his annual summer vacations, making the occasional visit into town and playing several rounds of golf. But he will headline a Democratic fundraiser on the island Monday night.

Before departing Washington Saturday, Obama said told reporters that he was ready "to not have a suit on for a while."

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knarfdr August 09 2014 at 4:20 PM

Taking a vacation? From what? He's the most detached president in history, the most lazy, and the most ignorant. He's too lazy to even learn the basics of the job, such as economics and foreign policy. Of course, it's all about getting power and turning the US into a socialist state like he and Hillary's hero, Saul Alinsky mandates. In the meantime he will continue to enrich himself at every opportunity at our expense because he feels he's entitled because "he oppressed". How many more blunders will he rack up before he leaves office?

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paula1526 August 09 2014 at 4:04 PM

really, another one, and how much will this cost US?? I CANNOT AFFORD TO KEEP HELPING TO HELP HIM AND HIS ENTOURAGE TO HAVE FUN! STOP THIS MADNESS!!!!!

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pbgardenpet August 09 2014 at 4:58 PM

I guess he is resting up for another fundraising tour. He is so worthless,

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rlg877 August 09 2014 at 4:19 PM

A President truly of the people. Redistribute wealth so everyone else can be the same and get poor, all the while he lives lavishly.

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redlgs14 August 09 2014 at 4:19 PM

if he ran the country in the past term and a half as well as he takes vacations --THAT would be something!!

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nicytomydia34 August 09 2014 at 4:25 PM

He is a effin disgrace to this people stupid country.....

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RANDYTHOMAS711 August 09 2014 at 4:57 PM

OK...I dropped two bombs and authorized a few more...boy are my arms tired!! Need a vaca!

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gcarlson007 August 09 2014 at 4:10 PM

He doesn't seem concerned, that if, he keeps this up he could leave the White House as poor as Hillary and Bill Clinton did!

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dgolob7 August 09 2014 at 4:25 PM

He certainly deserves a vacation. I hope they all have a grand time. Congress is on vacation so shouldn't the President be allowed to have a vacation which he pays for himself and his family. For all the pressure he has on taking care of the country which he does well he and his family deserve to have a good vacation. All people need to get away sometime.

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JOE August 09 2014 at 7:46 PM

real heros fighting in IRAQ our so called commander and chief vaca's 2 weeks in vineyard on tax payers dime..... WHATS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE.....

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