Tales from the Trail

The First Draft: Drag out that vacation a bit

For some Americans — including the president – there’s just one last week of summer before work and school get back into full swing. 

OBAMA/President Barack Obama found out that as president, sometimes a vacation isn’t always a break from work. So he decided to extend his time off a bit by going to Camp David next week after returning from Martha’s Vineyard.

While on the Vineyard Obama interrupted his family holiday a couple of times. First, to announce his renomination of Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve and then to speak after his friend, Senator Edward Kennedy, died of cancer.

He and his family have been spotted out cycling and playing golf. They went out on the town a few nights for dinner but it probably hasn’t been the most restful vacation. An escape to Camp David — where the press are not allowed — could be just what he needs to charge up before battles on healthcare resume when Congress returns in September.

Obama’s spokesman Bill Burton promised that after Obama had time to “recharge his batteries” and spend time with his family during vacation he would “come back as rip-roaring as he was before.”

Martha’s Vineyard to Obama: pick me for the summer

It’s never too early to think about summer vacation.

Martha’s Vineyard is a-twitter with speculation over whether President Barack Obama would choose the island off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, for his first presidential summer. After all if it was good enough for Bill Clinton… rtrgo1u_comp

The Boston Globe got the rumors flying with a tantalizing post: ”word is the Obamas have rented a house for two weeks at the end of August in the East Chop neighborhood of Oak Bluffs.”

But then the Cape Cod Times chimed in with an e-mail reply from an unnamed White House official who wrote “President Obama does not have plans for a Martha’s Vineyard vacation (nor does he have any summer vacation plans at this point).”