White House advisers join Obama on Martha’s Vineyard


President Barack Obama arrives on Marine One Thursday for a family vacation. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

(Pete Souza/THE WHITE HOUSE)

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.

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US President Barack Obama holds a baby as he arrives at the Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, August 18, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (JIM WATSON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

“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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David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.
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