Obama, First Family Head for Martha's Vineyard

The first family is leaving the White House and Washington behind and trading in the suits and skirts for flip flops and sunglasses and some fun in the sun on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

The vacation marks the first full week off for President Obama since he took office in January and the first real family vacation for the Obama family.

First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, have accompanied the president on jaunts overseas, but they have mostly kept their own schedule on those trips, taking in the sights and sounds of Europe while the president attended events and meetings.

Except for a few weekends at Camp David, and quick trips to Chicago and New York City, the president has stayed close to the White House so next week could be a true vacation, a break from policy and politics, if world events cooperate with his vacation plan.

Obama has no public events on his schedule for the week and aides said he was not planning to meet with staff on health care. The White House will rely on surrogates to keep the message going while the president is out of the public eye.


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