President Obama Begins 17-Day Vacation

President Barack Obama walks with First Lady Michelle and daughter Sasha on the South Lawn as they depart the White House for their vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Friday. (Photo: MIKE THEILER, EPA)
President Barack Obama walks with First Lady Michelle and daughter Sasha on the South Lawn as they depart the White House for their vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. Friday.
(Photo: MIKE THEILER, EPA)

President Obama departed the White House for a 17-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. on Friday, leaving behind the debate over Iran’s nuclear program for family time and some golf. 

Obama was originally scheduled to leave Saturday, but departed a day early after discovering he had a clear schedule. And White House aides said the president is confident that he’s done all he can do to make the case for the international agreement to lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for a freeze of its nuclear program.

“I think it’s possible if the president could make some one-off calls, but I think most of the president’s timeline at Martha’s Vineyard will be spent with his family, or on the golf course, or a little bit of both,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Friday.

He may, however, run into his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, who’s also scheduled to be vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard this month. That’s what happened last year, when the current and would-be future president ended up at the same party hosted by mutual friend Vernon Jordan.

“It is a small island,” Earnest said. “I don’t know precisely what Secretary Clinton’s vacation itinerary will be, but I wouldn’t rule out that they may cross paths.”

Source: USA Today |  Gregory Korte