Vacation Articles

Much Ado About Presidential Vacations

10:45 AM, Aug 28, 2015

Now that President Obama has returned from his two-week summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard

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Clintons' Caribbean Vacation Cost Taxpayers At Least $211K

1:07 PM, Jun 23, 2015

Bill and Hillary Clinton vacationed in the Dominican Republic around New Years, visiting at least two exclusive resorts, Punta Cana and the Casa de Campo. The once-and-possibly-future first couple spent the week, of course, under the watchful eye of the U.S. Secret Service, but the security required for the trip didn't come cheap.

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Obama Heads to Hawaii for Rest of the Year

12:31 PM, Dec 19, 2014

President Obama and his family will head this evening to Hawaii, where he's expected to vacation until the new year.

"On Friday, December 19, President Obama and the First Family will travel to Honolulu, Hawai’i.  The arrival of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed media and closed to the public," the White House said in a statement.

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Obama's Taking Vacation for Entire Second Term

6:38 AM, Aug 22, 2014

Matthew Continetti, writing for the Washington Free Beacon:

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'Obamas Danced Nearly Every Song. A Good Time Was Had By All'

7:03 AM, Aug 14, 2014

The White House gave this summary to reporters of President Obama's activities last night:

From Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz:

Tonight, the President and First Lady attended the birthday celebration for Mrs. Ann Jordan at an event at the Farm Neck Golf Club. There were approximately 150 guests in attendance.

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Bidens in Hamptons to Begin Third Vacation in Month

9:01 AM, Aug 12, 2014

The Bidens are arriving today in the Hamptons to start their third vacation in a month. 

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No Reporters on Michelle Obama's Trip to China

8:01 AM, Mar 19, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama will be accompanied by her children and her mother on her trip to China, which begins today. But she won't be accompanied by the press. 

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Biden Vacations in Virgin Islands for Second Time in Three Months

7:01 AM, Mar 07, 2014

The White House announced that Vice President Joe Biden would spend the weekend vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It's his second vacation there in three months.

His White House schedule reads:


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Bidens Vacation at Camp David

1:54 PM, Oct 13, 2013

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.

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Obama's Audio Only Statement on Crisis in Egypt

9:42 AM, Aug 15, 2013

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.

The president answered no questions.

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Obama Goes to Comcast Chief's Vineyard Home

Press waits in the shed.
6:38 PM, Aug 14, 2013

President Barack Obama golfed with the Comcast CEO today, and now he's at his Martha's Vineyard house. The latest pool report:

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Obamas Attend Cocktail Party at NPR Host's Home

6:55 PM, Aug 12, 2013

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.

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Working on Vacation: WH Releases Photo of Obama Getting the 'Presidential Daily Briefing'

10:56 AM, Aug 12, 2013

The White House wants everyone to know President Obama is working while on vacation. Here's proof:

"National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice briefs President Barack Obama during his Presidential Daily Briefing in Chilmark, Mass., August 12, 2013," reads the White House caption for the photo.

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Vineyard Vitriol Over Obama's Visit

8:34 AM, Aug 07, 2013

Some of the local newspapers on Martha's Vineyard report that island goers "can expect extraordinary and lengthy up-Island detours, after President Barack Obama and his family arrive Saturday." adds

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Biden Remains at the Beach

9:32 AM, Jul 05, 2013

Joe Biden's been at the beach all week. And, last night, the White House released his schedule -- announcing that he'd be there through the weekend.


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Biden Hits the Beach

6:05 AM, Jul 01, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden, along with his wife, Jill Biden, will spend this week Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

The White House emailed Biden's schedule:


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U.S. Ambassador to SKorea Blogs About Vacation Amid Tension with NKorea

9:39 AM, Apr 08, 2013

As tension rises between North Korea and America, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Sung Kim, went on a family vacation. The ambassador today shared his experience in a lengthy blog post.

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More than a Vacation a Month for Obamas in 2013

7:36 AM, Mar 26, 2013

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.

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Reporter Asks Carney: Will Obama Cut Back on Lavish Vacations, Golf Trips?

Carney punts.
1:46 PM, Mar 18, 2013

A reporter from Colorado asked White House spokesman Jay Carney how President Obama justifies "lavish vacations" and golf trips, and whether he plans to cut back:

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Separate Vacations for Barack and Michelle Obama

2:31 PM, Feb 15, 2013

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:

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Obama's Palm Beach Vacation Is This Weekend

7:33 PM, Feb 13, 2013

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. 

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Obama Hits the Links at Luxurious Hawaii Resort

5:52 PM, Jan 04, 2013

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.

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Obama Hits Gym in Hawaii While New Members Get Sworn In

2:21 PM, Jan 03, 2013

While new members of Congress are getting sworn in today, President Barack Obama is far, far away, vacationing in Hawaii. 

From the pool report, sent at 1:55 EST:


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Back to Vacation: Obama Takes Midnight Flight to Hawaii

Round-trip cost of president's return trip: $3.6 million.
7:04 AM, Jan 02, 2013

After Congress agreed temporarily to avert the "fiscal cliff" last night, President Barack Obama hailed the deal in brief remarks delivered from the White House, and then headed to Air Force One to take a midnight flight to Hawaii. Obama had left his family days earlier to return to Washington to deal with the "fiscal cliff."

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How Obama Vacationed

About 17.5 hours of golfing, 4 hours on family outings.
8:01 AM, Dec 27, 2012

At 12:54 a.m., on Saturday December 22, President Barack Obama and his family arrived at Kailua, a Hawaiian town on the island of Oahu. Almost five days later, Obama, leaving his wife and kids behind, departed the island to return to Washington, D.C. Obama’s vacation lasted a brief 118 hours, according to pool reports.

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Obama Skips Town for Hawaii

6:02 PM, Dec 21, 2012

After delivering remarks on the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, the White House notified the press that President Barack Obama is skipping town for Christmas. The first family leaves tonight for Hawaii.

The White House provides this updated schedule:


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Biden Takes 6 Days Off Campaign Trail

Debate prep ...
10:41 AM, Oct 07, 2012

With just about a month until Election Day, Vice President Joe Biden is in the middle of taking nearly a week off the campaign trail. He will return to doing campaign events on Thursday, when he will debate Rep. Paul Ryan in the vice presidential debate.

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Election Year Special: Obama Meets with VFW

Skipped last year to vacation at Martha's Vineyards.
11:21 AM, Jul 23, 2012

President Obama will be traveling today from San Francisco, California to Reno, Nevada to “take part in an official event where he will deliver remarks at the 113th National Convention of the VFW,” according to t

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Biden Vacations, Obama Campaigns

9:33 AM, Jul 05, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden is taking the rest of this July Fourth week off. "The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will be in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware," the White House announced. "The Vice President has no public events scheduled."

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Obamas Won't Vacation at Martha's Vineyard this Election Year

7:40 AM, Jul 03, 2012

This year, an election year, President Obama and his family will be breaking with tradition and not vacationing at Martha's Vineyard. The Boston Globe reports:

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