Obama leaves DC for Massachusetts island vacation

By Julie Pace

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Aug. 9 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

President Barack Obama, center, walks with first lady Michelle Obama, left, and their daughter Malia, right, as they board Marine One helicopter on the South lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, en route to a family vacation in Martha's Vineyard. The president is doing something unusual with his summer vacation: He'll come back to Washington midway through the getaway to attend White House meetings.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press

AIR STATION CAPE COD, Mass. — President Barack Obama has arrived in Massachusetts for his two-week summer vacation, which comes as the U.S. is engaged in airstrikes against Islamic militant targets in Iraq.

Obama and his family landed at a Coast Guard station on Cape Cod before heading to their final destination — Martha's Vineyard.

Before leaving the White House, he told reporters that he was ready "to not have a suit on for a while."

Obama is breaking up his vacation with a two-day return to Washington midway through the trip.

The president typically keeps a low-profile on his annual summer vacations. But he will headline a Democratic fundraiser on the island Monday night.

The president and his family are staying in a rented vacation house in the town of Chilmark.

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