President Obama arrived on Martha’s Vineyard Thursday evening to begin a 10-day vacation with first lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters. The White House has stressed that the president will receive daily briefings from his senior advisers. Who are those advisers?
That became more clear with news that John Brennan, the administration’s chief counterterrorism advisor, traveled with Obama to
the island aboard Air Force One and Marine One. And next week, aides said, Brian Deese, the deputy director of the National Economic Council, will arrive to provide advice on the economy.
On Friday, the White House released a photo by official White House photographer Pete Souza of a serious-looking Obama, wearing a blue polo shirt, getting a briefing from Brennan.
“In addition, we do anticipate that the president will be touching base with the economic team back home,” said Josh Earnest, the deputy White House press secretary, who also traveled with the president and will provide daily briefings to reporters starting Monday.
With news Thursday that the administration was calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, the attacks in southern Israel and the plunging stock markets, it was clear Obama will not have any respite from pressing news from around the world.
“The president understands that he has important responsibilities to fill, and it’s his job to fill those responsibilities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” Earnest told reporters Thursday. “At the same, he’s also a husband and a father. And I don’t think the American people begrudge the president spending a little time with his wife and daughters, at the end of the summer, before his daughters head back to school.”
Obama will be staying at the 28-acre Blue Heron Farm, an estate that costs an estimated $50,000 a week to rent. Aides said they expected him to do some golfing and bike riding, among other activities.
The White House has said the president will present new jobs proposals in a major speech shortly after Labor Day, but Earnest said he did not expect to announce any specifics on the content of the address during the vacation.
Obama has no public events on his schedule during the vacation. He is next scheduled to appear in public when he makes remarks at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington on Aug. 28.
Policy advisers weren’t the only ones flying with the president Thursday. His dog Bo also climbed aboard Air Force One “looking freshly coiffed for a Vineyard holiday,” according to a press pool report
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