Presidential Getaway

Obama Out of Office Again

After a weeklong trip to Martha's Vineyard with the first lady, his daughters, and his dog, President Barack Obama plans to be away from the White House a bit longer. According to White House spokesman Bill Burton, Obama will travel to Camp David on Wednesday, where he will stay through the weekend. The president has received some criticism recently for his time away from the White House, but Burton stressed that Obama is still on top of his duties, saying, "When you're president, you've always got that job." Earlier this week, Burton cited former President George W. Bush's retreats from the office. "As I recall," Burton said, "the previous president [took] quite a bit of vacation himself, and I don't think anyone bemoaned that."