Presidential reading material
August 20th, 2011
01:56 PM ET

Presidential reading material

MARTHA'S VINEYARD (CNN) - President Obama and his daughters, Malia and Sasha visited a local bookstore in Vineyard Haven to purchase some books for their summer reading.

No official word on what books the girls bought but White House officials say the president bought two books for himself: The Bayou Trilogy, a collection by Daniel Woodrell and Rodin's Debutante by Ward Just.

The White House also said Mr. Obama brought several books with him to read on the trip:  Cutting for Stone, a novel by Abraham Verghese;  To the End of the Land, a novel by David Grossman; and  The Warmth of Other Suns, which is the story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson.

Obama balances jobs and fun on vacation
August 20th, 2011
12:16 PM ET

Obama balances jobs and fun on vacation

VINEYARD HAVEN, MA (CNN) – A senior administration official said President Obama and his top economic advisers are “making progress” in constructing the jobs plan that he’s expected to roll out after Labor Day.

The official said it’s still a work in progress, with top aides “crunching numbers” and “weighing options.” “This is something that they will continue working on all next week,” the official said.

The “new ideas” the president will announce will be in addition to other issues the White House has been pushing for weeks, including cutting payroll taxes and rebuilding roads, bridges, and airports. In his weekly address the president said “there are things we can do right now that will mean more customers for businesses and more jobs across the country.”

The president is keeping a low profile on Martha’s Vineyard. His mornings consist of economic and national security briefings the official said. His afternoons will closely follow Friday’s routine which consisted of some family time with his daughters at a Vineyard Haven book store, some personal time on the golf course and some one-on-one time with the First Lady.


Topics: President Obama • The News • Vacation
Weekly Addresses: Lessons from the Heartland
August 20th, 2011
09:58 AM ET

Weekly Addresses: Lessons from the Heartland

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Ohio Gov. John Kasich passed along what they saw as lessons from the Midwest Saturday during their weekly addresses.

The president taped his weekly address from Alpha, Illinois-a town he visited during a three-day bus tour through the region used to engage small town citizens in dialogue about jobs and the economy.

Washington can take a lesson from people in towns like Atkinson, Illinois; Peosta, Iowa; and Cannon Falls, Minnesota, Obama said. “Our country would be a whole lot better off if our elected leaders showed the same kind of discipline and integrity and responsibility that most Americans demonstrate in their lives every day.”

Obama recounted the obstacles in the economy, including the aftermath of a “terrible recession,” persistent unemployment, and “smaller paychecks or less money in the cash register” to highlight the need for elected officials to “put aside their differences to get things done.”

And he proposed ways to take immediate action that will “mean more customers for businesses and more jobs across the country.”

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Topics: Bus Tour • Economy • Weekly Address