|Obama rides through the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest in West Tisbury,
West Tisbury (Massachusetts), Aug. 17 (AP): President Barack Obama says he is having a “great time as always” on vacation on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.
Obama took his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha on a late morning bike ride yesterday through the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest in West Tisbury.
The President made the comment during a brief portion of the ride that the White House allowed the news media to see.
In the evening, the family went to Oak Bluffs for dinner at senior adviser Valerie Jarrett’s rental home overlooking Nantucket Sound.
The White House says Obama was briefed earlier in the day on the violence in Egypt by national security adviser Susan Rice, who is travelling with the President.
Obama is scheduled to return to Washington tomorrow.
August has a way of interfering with a President’s best-laid plans for vacation. Just ask Barack Obama. Or Bill Clinton. Or either of the presidents named Bush.
Obama, determined to take a week off from his typically grinding schedule, interrupted his holiday briefly on Thursday.
But at the risk of a new round of criticism, Obama promptly went on to play golf after the morning statement. It is a maxim of presidential power that the commander-in-chief is never really off.