August 19th, 2011
06:06 PM ET

Obama slammed for vacation, but that's nothing new

Our take on the reaction to the president's vacation as posted on The pictures accompanying the original story are worth checking out, but here's the substance:

Hyannis Port, Massachusetts (CNN) - After returning late Wednesday night from a three-day bus tour of Middle America, President Obama left Washington once again Thursday afternoon - this time for Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts and a 10-day vacation with his family.

Obama's vacation comes at a tumultuous time for the country, domestically and overseas. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 410 points just as the president boarded Air Force One. He is set to release a new job creation proposal in early September, and a U.S.-led call from the international community for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to leave power was publicly released the morning of Obama's departure.

The president's critics are seizing upon these events to argue that this is no time for a vacation. While campaigning in early primary states this week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney used Obama's vacation to suggest that maybe he's just giving up.

"I wish the president were in Washington calling back Congress and dealing with the challenges we have," Romney said at an event in Litchfield, New Hampshire, on Monday. "I don't know that he has a strategy now or whether he's basically throwing up his hands and is just hoping things'll get better." FULL POST

Topics: President Obama
Picture of the day
August 19th, 2011
05:20 PM ET

Picture of the day

How many SUVs does it take to go shopping?  Looks like a lot.  This is President Obama's motorcade leaving the Blue Heron Farm on Martha's Vineyard Friday as he heads into town to shop for vacation reading material.  The Washington Post reports he picked up Emma Donoghue’s “Room” and Daniel Woodrell’s “The Bayou Trilogy.”

Topics: President Obama • The Buzz
August 19th, 2011
11:32 AM ET

Obama's working vacation

President Obama joined Michelle and the girls for their third annual trip to Martha's Vineyard but it hasn't come without criticism as some say he should stay home to juggle a bad economy, mounting pressure on Syria. But White House aides point out that while he might be away from the White House, he's never away from his job. CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian explains.