Despite the government shutdown, Vice President Joe Biden is vacationing at Camp David this long weekend. He's joined at the Maryland retreat by his family, including his wife (Jill Biden), children, and grandchildren.
The vice president is also there with "essential" government workers, who must work despite the government shutdown. That includes his Secret Service detail, as well as the Secret Service details assigned to the rest of his family, and other support staff. They are protecting the Bidens as they vacation -- but aren't getting paid because of the federal shutdown.
The vice president's public schedule simply reads:
WEEKEND GUIDANCE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT
Saturday, October 12 - Monday, October 14, 2013
The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will be at Camp David. There are no public events scheduled.
Monday is Columbus Day, a federal holiday.
But Biden's absence from D.C. during the government shutdown hasn't gone unnoticed.
“I’m glad that negotiations are going on ... I’m disappointed that twice … we were close to a deal and the Democrats moved the goalposts, in light of the polling data,” Republican senator John McCain said this morning on a Sunday show. “Maybe we need to get Joe Biden out of the witness protection program.”
But there's no sign Biden will be back in D.C. today to help negotiate a resolution to the government shutdown.
Instead, he's busy at Camp David, where there are bowling lanes, tennis courts, hiking trails, and even a skeet shooting range.
President Obama delivered a short audio-only statement on Egypt this morning, from his rented-vacation home on Martha's Vineyard:
In the statement, President Obama cancelled a planned joint U.S.-Egypt military exercise and called for "Egyptian authorities to respect the universal rights of the people. We call on those who protest to do so peacefully."
Obama did not say that U.S. aid to Egypt would change.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended a cocktail party this evening at the Martha's Vineyard home of National Public Radio host and special correspondent Michele Norris, according to the White House pool report. Norris's husband, Broderick Johnson, is a lobbyist who worked on Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.
In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it's being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas.
The White House confirms today that President Barack Obama will be vacationing in Florida this weekend. His wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, will be in Colorado. The two daughters will be with Michelle.
From the White House press gaggle aboard Air Force One:
President Barack Obama will vacation this weekend in Palm Beach.
"On Friday, February 15, the President will travel to the West Palm Beach area. There are no public events scheduled. Details on the departure of Air Force One will be released when available," the White House announced.
This morning (Hawaii time!), President Barack Obama is hitting the links at the luxurious Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore. The resort has two professional grade courses, the Arnold Palmer and George Fazio courses.