WASHINGTON -- The first summer vacation of President Barack Obama's second term is taking him back to Martha's Vineyard, the well-heeled Massachusetts island he avoided during last year's re-election campaign.
But his return is causing a bit of an uproar among residents. The Secret Service plans to close part of a public road near the six-bedroom home Obama is renting in Chilmark, a first for presidential vacations on the island known as a refuge for the wealthy and the well-connected.
Since a president is never truly on vacation, Obama will be briefed regularly on a full range of issues, including the al-Qaida threat that led the government to shutter embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa, said White House press secretary Jay Carney.
Beyond that, Obama will play golf, hit the beach, dine out, relax with his family and read something other than a White House briefing book. He engaged in all those activities and more during his earlier presidential vacations on the island.
"The president very much looks forward to being able to spend a few days with his family," Carney said. "It also remains the case that wherever he is, he's president of the United States and will be dedicating a portion of his day to being briefed and working on all the issues that are on the table in front of him."