BOSTON (CBS) – The First Family is once again enjoying a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, as they have the past three years.

Republicans have criticized President Obama for taking a vacation, citing the volatile stock market and fears of a global recession.

The White House responded by saying every vacation the president takes is a “working” vacation, because the responsibilities of the job follow him wherever he travels.

There’s also evidence that Mister Obama has not taken as much time off as his critics think, according to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, who posted his research on Twitter.

The White House says this is President Obama’s first full vacation of the year.

He is scheduled to stay on the Vineyard through August 27th.

Comments (10)
  1. Mark says:

    I wonder if he plays a violin.

  2. Denise says:

    Everyone needs a vacation – I think I have a bigger issue w/ the huge plane at our expense for 1 person and a dog! Did the family take the plane lastweek too? Then it went back empty to get him???

  3. boater says:

    There is a BIG difference in expenses between going to an easy to secure ranch several times – than going to Martha’s Vineyard or where ever else his wife wants to be seen. His advance team and security expenses must be quite outstanding. We pay for that too. Mr. Knoller may wish to compare those expenses to that of W or Mr. Reagan.

  4. JS says:

    I strongly dislike Obama but WHO CARES if he takes a vacation. ALL PRESIDENTS vacation on tax payer dollars. The only amusing thing is that he choose Martha’s Vineyard. Obama, you are not Clinton or Kennedy, get over it and pick a new spot. It is the equivalent of the next Republican President vacationing in Crawford….

  5. chianne says:

    Well lets see, Obama just got a raise in the national debt to spend, why not spend it in Martha’s Vineyard? To hell with what the taxpayers think! We can’t do anything about it!

  6. donny says:

    Gotta love the partisan perspectives. The guy deserves a vacation. PERIOD. Y’know, it’s a real ‘family values” thing to do.

    How about we cut the b-s and ask why immensely profitable corporations who have vast cash reserves aren’t hiring their fellow Americans who desperately need and want jobs? The President CAN’T create jobs! Unless you want MORE government… I mean which is it?…

    By the way, the Right leadership has said it will not agree to anything this president’s trying to do, so why not go on vacation just like them.

  7. Jennifer says:

    I’m glad he’s on vacation, just like every other working man he deserves one too.
    Welcome to Cape Cod Mr. President. Enjoy.

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