Martha's Vineyard is a no go this summer for First Family vacation
July 3rd, 2012
12:48 PM ET

Martha's Vineyard is a no go this summer for First Family vacation

WASHINGTON (CNN) –A senior administration official tells CNN the first family will not be vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard this summer as they have done for the past three years.

There had been plenty of speculation about the president’s plans given the potential image clash during an election year, of a vacation at an expensive estate on a posh New England island.

Instead of an extended vacation the president is likely to take some long weekends this summer, but where and when is still unclear the official said.

Topics: The Buzz • The Family • Vacation

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  1. John

    How much longer can his weekends get? Campaign Thursday and Friday. Golf on Saturday. Then a day of rest before getting back to campaigning.

    July 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • meh

      Oh, please. He's one of the most hardworking Presidents in recent history. Do you even know how many vacations Bush Jr. had taken by this point in his presidency??

      July 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
      • ThinkAgain

        Precisely! But you're wasting your breath and energy with the likes of "John." Better to channel your intellect and enthusiasm by volunteering for the Obama campaign. We need to get our voters to the polls in November!

        July 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • RealityBites

      And as we all know.., a few long weekend trips on Air Force One is much less expensive than a week at Marthas.., right Dan?

      July 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • jean2009

      Need I say more than 77 trips to the Crawford Ranch at $226,072 per pop.

      The biggest mess this country (which is currently in economic recovery mode) could face is a Gordon Gecko presidency.

      July 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      Google "gw bush travel 2004" for yourself and take a look:

      From a calendar based on publicly available information from the campaign, the RNC, the White House, and news accounts regarding GW Bush's travels in September 2004.

      Since the beginning of his first term, September marked Bush's:

      25th visit to Ohio (he made 12 visits to Ohio in 2004 alone)
      29th visit to Florida
      36th visit to Pennsylvania
      14th visit to West Virginia

      The other states GW Bush visited in September 2004 included New York, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Nevada, Minnesota, Alabama, Maine and Texas.

      Bush traveled every day in September 2004 except for 7, when he was either at the White House (1 day), Camp David (1 day), Kennebunkport (2 days) or Crawford (3 days).

      The righties will once again plug their ears to the truth, instead soaking up the usual anti-Obama lies from Fox and Limbaugh. You'd think the Repub "base" would get tired of being bamboozled; but then again, the GOP knows how to keep them scared and ignorant, poor saps.

      Obama/Biden 2012

      July 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
      • jean2009

        Actually, George Bush was campaigning reading My Pet Goat to school children on 9/11. Wonder if that was counted as one of the 29 trips to Florida.

        July 4, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • 2020

      that means taking the girls out for a bike ride, an ice cream. Dine out with Michelle, among all other responsibilities of the nation. Just little things that a regular family can do on routine basis. For the President, this is luxury.

      July 4, 2012 at 5:50 am |
      • jean2009

        According the idiot teathugliklans posting here; the president should be a captive prisoner with a chain on his ankle...just because they lost the 2008 election and their choice wasn't again appointed by SCOTUS. So this president is cleaning up the biggest mess ever created by the biggest failure of a president for the last 80 years. SCOTUS would have done us all a big favor had they not appointed that mess in the first go-round.

        July 4, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  2. John

    It is amazing what a disaster this administration has made out of this country. All indications point to a recession at this point. What they have done spending billions has not worked. Anyone who thinks it has needs to wake up for the good of the country. These crazy libs are trying to make a bad guy out of Romney. Every other day CNN posts a headline that leans left, like today about the Mormon Faith and how it will sway Romney.
    Romney has been successful at everything he has done. He is what this country needs now.
    Obama is truly a scam artist. I am sure he learned it from his community organizing days working with Acorn and his corrupt union buddies.

    July 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Michael

      Dear John, Romney and the GOP return to complete power control of this country would be the most devastating clash of cultures and economic class distinction this country has ever seen. However, I do suppose that yourself being a member of the 1% cannot see beyond your entrance gates. Those unruly people known as the 'middle class' and the 'underprivileged' classes will surely embrace your upper status so that someday if they kiss enough butts, go to the right schools, marry the right person, and work for the right bosses they will become like you, a successful American icon. If you tell me you are not one of those people, then give your head a shake opening your mind to the future, not the past.

      July 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        Lay off the kool-aid Michael, reality is much better for you.

        July 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
      • lsgyrl08

        Lay off of the con moonshine Kool-Aid police, it's killing your brain cells.

        July 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Isgyr108 Kool-Aid Police doesn't have brain cells.

        July 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • meh

      lol romney has been successful at everything he has done? Is that why MA was the 47th state in regards to economic health when he left as gov'r?
      There's a recession "at this point"? We were headed into one before he became President! You can't turn around 8 years of fail in 3-1/2.

      July 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
      • Marion

        You got that right!! We're probably going to need at least 10 years to fix the mess Bush and his administration left behind.

        July 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
      • jean2009

        It took us 20 years to recover from Reagan, I can only imagine how long it may take to recover from Bush.

        July 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • lsgyrl08

      Yawning ...

      July 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • Marion

      Where were you when Bush was taking all those vacations to his ranch, or other past presidents taking vacations? How do you think he/they got there...walked or do you thing they took commercial flights??

      July 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • jean2009

      @John obviously you get on here and post lies without even checking the top news article on this site. Regardless of the current week of power outages...I agree with the Poll that states Economically we are in a serious recovery. I can drive no more than 3 miles and count 14 new commericial and retail buildings going up. Sometimes it is hard to get from here to there with all the street and highway construction in this area. This is the most new retail construction in our area that I have seen in 11-12 years...and certainly the most street/highway construction during the last 3 years that I have seen in 15 years..

      July 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        Ha! You lie like a fish swims, 24/7/365.

        July 4, 2012 at 5:42 am |
      • jean2009

        Actually I never lie...lying mean you have to waste valuable time remembering lies you have told. I just tell it like it is and let the chips fall where they may ... but then you can't handle truth. FYI- Old people like me can handle the truth.
        Where I Iive we are in a serious recovery...the stimulus worked. During the period of the last 3.5 yeas roads have been rebuilt, 5 new schools have been constructed and two school were renovated and revamped, and one college campus has added a local branch.

        July 4, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • 2020

      This country doesn't have a problem. Only you do. Problem is you don't know what the are talking about.

      The President works more than spiderman, rescue the country from blink of financial collapse, rescue the auto industry, created 4.3M new private sector jobs.

      American technical advance is the envy of the world. Keep going, the President has turned this titanic away from the iceberg. Good grief, half of the people still in deep sleep.

      July 4, 2012 at 5:55 am |
  3. California Gary

    Maybe they could join the Romney's at their lake front home in New Hampshire.......maybe get in a little jetskiing.

    July 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • RealityBites

      That would be real nice, and not cost me, the taxpayer, a dime. But that would also be soooo unObama..

      July 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        But, you are so okay with Romney taking a $77,000.00 tax deduction for his wife's dancing horse hobby. How generous of you. All presidents take a vacation – get over it. And, by the way, don't blow your fingers off trying to light your firecrackers.

        July 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        You are really tired of paying taxes on your cigarettes and beer,...that's it, isn't it?
        Start smoking the firecrackers you bought at the 'POP-UP-FLY-BY-NIGHT FIREWORKS OUTLET' down the street from your house and drink the stuff you brewed from donkey poop. There, you just screwed the gov'ment. Problem solved.

        July 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  4. Tee

    @ John: Really?!? This administration has made a disaster of this country? Where you hibernating between 2000 and 2008? Those with incredibly short term memories like you are the ones facilitating the disaster of the country, by voting for mo.rons and i.dio.ts that reflect your views.

    July 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • jean2009

      @@Tee John (and a few others) would like to try to rewrite and redate the historical facts of the Bush failed presidency.

      July 3, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  5. JP

    This might be the last chance, before trip back to Chicago.

    July 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • meh

      Wishful thinking on your part. Sorry.

      July 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • lsgyrl08

      For Christmas, right?

      July 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  6. Kool-Aid Police

    The white house has spent $17,963.04 at Staples this year. Obama bashes Bain yet buy's the products, what a hypocrite!

    July 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • lsgyrl08

      Maybe it's cheaper than Office Depot. and saves taxpayers money.

      July 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • jean2009

      The Office of Budget and Management bulk orders supplies for the White House to cut expenses. I'm sure they price every bid to the lowests bidder. But in the whole scope of things $17,963.04 is not a large amount in sales for any office supply source considering the volume needed for the White House..

      July 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • 2020

      Koo-Aid. IF and ONLY IF you can find 10 items are made in USA, otherwise shut up. Look at yourself, from head to toe, what is made in USA?

      Of course, you know how to spend money by selling your shirt off. stupid

      July 4, 2012 at 5:59 am |
  7. Al

    Fear not, this family is all about taking vacations on our dime. They will not be vacationing inside the border of the United States yet again this year. They will be vacationing in England this year. Just watch, they shall be there on our dime vacationing and watching the Olympics.

    July 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
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    July 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  9. mumbledork

    One would think Camp David would be sufficient. Besides Mama Obama is going to the Olympics so part of the family will have a nice vacation at tax payer expense.

    July 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • jean2009

      One more time:
      Mrs. Obama is representing the United States of America for our atheletes...just like Laura Bush represented the United States of America for our athletes at the Torino, Italy Winter Games.
      Whine someplace are soo lame.

      July 5, 2012 at 10:31 am |
  10. not Bob

    It's all good practice for his big vacation come November.

    July 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm |


    August 23, 2012 at 2:31 am |
  12. Terence Fallon

    Obama is a fraud!

    November 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
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    December 13, 2012 at 5:33 am |