- The Washington Times - Monday, August 12, 2013

Extending a series of summer speeches on the economy, President Obama will embark on a two-day bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania next week, the White House said Monday.

Mr. Obama, who is vacationing this week in the upscale summer playground of Martha’s Vineyard, will conduct the bus tour “to discuss another cornerstone of his vision for a better bargain for the middle class,” a White House official said. The trip will take place Aug. 22-23.

The president last month began a series of speeches on the economy in an attempt to pressure Congressional Republicans to end the so-called “sequester” budget cuts when lawmakers return to Washington in September. Unless both sides reach an agreement, the government would run out of money to operate on Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

The president and his family arrived Saturday on Martha’s Vineyard, where they are staying in a rented home valued at more than $7 million, complete with a pool, tennis courts and a basketball court. Mr. Obama played golf on the island Monday with Washington power lawyer Vernon Jordan and others.

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