Is Obama Ever Really on Vacation?

By Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.
August 12, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama started his week-long vacation at Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday with a game of golf—avidly watched. He will spend time with his family, but will also have daily briefings from his office.

“As is the case everywhere presidents go—this president and any president—he will be able to communicate as necessary with all the capacity that’s needed to do that,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney, according to USA Today.

“With any luck, he’ll also have some time to, you know, relax with his family,” Carney told Forbes. Forbes noted that more Americans are increasingly taking work with them—a clean break from the office during a “vacation” is less common.

A survey conducted by Harris Interactive showed 52 percent of U.S. employees were planning to work during their vacations in 2013, up 6 percent from last year.

This is Obama’s fourth vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, reports the Washington Post.

Lee Gibson, a restaurant owner from Washington State who is also vacationing on the island, told the Post jokingly that Obama still has pressure on him even in his leisure time golf game: “Taking a shot in front of 50 people—that’s a lot of pressure.”

Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.