- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2014

President Obama has extended his summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard to two weeks this year but will interrupt the golfing, biking and beaching with two days back at work in Washington.

Mr. Obama and his family depart Saturday for Martha’s Vineyard and he will fly back to the White House a week later, on Sunday Aug. 17, for two days of meetings before jetting back to the island Tuesday, Aug. 19, CNN reported.

The return trip could signal that Mr. Obama will make a policy announcement, such as his anticipated moves to ease immigration laws, that would benefit from a backdrop that is more stately than a posh summer resort.

Mr. Obama and his family have vacationed on the Massachusetts island every summer since he became president, except during his 2012 re-election campaign. In the past, it was always a one-week stint at the affluent summer colony.

Similar to past presidents, Mr. Obama has weathered criticism for taking vacations during crises at home and abroad. White House aides have insisted that the president is always on the job, keeping informed and issuing directives using secure communications equipment.

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