While having just authorized massive airstrikes in Iraq, a horrific conflict growing in Gaza, and tensions becoming worse with Russia, President Obama has left for a two week vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. According to The Daily Mail, “He is scheduled to arrive on the wealthy island off the Massachusetts coast on Saturday and return to Washington a week later, on Sunday, Aug. 17. After the meetings, plans call for Obama to return to the Vineyard on Aug. 19 to resume the vacation, which ends five days later on Aug. 24.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama would meet with staff, but he declined to say who else would participate or what the meetings are about. ‘This is an opportunity for the president to do some in-person meetings here at the White House, just for a day or two, before he returns to Martha’s Vineyard,’ Earnest said Thursday. Earnest sought to contain mounting speculation about the vacation, saying the meetings aren’t related to ‘an emerging situation.’
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