Obama is taking a brief break from his two-week vacation at Martha's Vineyard to head back to Washington, where he will meet with Joe Biden and other White House advisors.
When it comes to Presidential duties, the job sometimes does not allow for vacation.
That seems to be the case for President Barack Obama this week. According to a report from the Associate Press, Obama is taking a brief break from his two-week vacation at Martha’s Vineyard to head back to Washington. There, he will meet with everyone from Vice President Joe Biden to military advisors, though it is unclear what decisions the President needs to make, or why he could not make those decisions from afar.
The President jetted off to Martha’s Vineyard with wife Michelle last week, hoping for a two-week getaway on the island. Since leaving Washington, the Obamas have been spotted at the beach, on the golf course, dancing at an evening jazz concert, and spending time with Bill and Hillary Clinton at the birthday party for a Democratic party advisor.
However, current events have made Obama’s vacation less relaxing than normal. Recent military air strikes in Iraq have stoked the fires on old foreign policy questions, while the shooting of a black teenage at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri has ignited racial controversy around the nation and turned that St. Louis suburb into a virtual war zone.
Some have criticized Obama for taking a vacation – or staying on vacation – while crises are brewing both domestically and abroad. That could be why the President is making a one-day return to the White House, though his vacation break was announced before the events in Iraq or Ferguson took place. Obama made statements on both of those events from his vacation home in Martha’s Vineyard.
Obama returned to Washington just after midnight on Monday morning, and will reportedly heading back to Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday for the remainder of his vacation.