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New England: A Presidential Haven07:02

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President Barack Obama gestures from his golf cart off while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, August 2013. (Steven Senne/AP)closemore
President Barack Obama gestures from his golf cart off while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, August 2013. (Steven Senne/AP)

President Obama will arrive with the first family on Martha's Vineyard Saturday for the start of a two week break, much to the chagrin of various corners of the punditocracy, as Obama's vacation begins just as he authorizes military airstrikes in northern Iraq Friday. However, the White House says the president will return to Washington for two days halfway through his Vineyard break to attend meetings.

Presidents have been vacationing in Massachusetts since the nation's infancy, and in just about every case, they've gotten at least some flak for it.

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Lawrence Knutson, former Washington correspondent for the Associated Press and author of "Escaping the Gilded Cage: An Illustrated History of Presidential Vacations."

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Boston.com: Obama’s Two-Week Martha’s Vineyard Vacation Has A Pre-Planned Interruption

  • "President Barack Obama’s two-week vacation to Martha’s Vineyard begins on Saturday, but this year, it will be sandwiched around a short trip back to the nation’s capital."
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