Obama heads back to D.C. for meetings

WASHINGTON — President Obama interrupted his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to head to Washington on Sunday night for meetings with Vice President Joe Biden and other advisers.

The White House said the topics of the meetings would include the US military campaign in Iraq and tensions between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo.

Obama has received some criticism for spending two weeks on a resort island in the midst of several foreign and domestic crises. Those crises turned the first week of his vacation into a working holiday.


The president made on-camera statements on the issues and received multiple briefings about them. He also called foreign leaders to discuss the tensions between Ukraine and Russia, as well as between Israel and Hamas.

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‘‘I think it’s fair to say there are, of course, ongoing complicated situations in the world, and that’s why you’ve seen the president stay engaged,’’ White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

Obama is scheduled to return to Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday and stay through next weekend.

Even though work has occupied much of Obama’s first week on vacation, he still found plenty of time to golf, go to the beach with his family, and go out to dinner on the island. He hit the golf course one more time Sunday ahead of his departure, joining two aides and former NBA player Alonzo Mourning for an afternoon round.

Last week, Obama attended a birthday party for Democratic adviser Vernon Jordan’s wife, where he spent time with former president Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton.


That get-together between the former rivals-turned-partners added another complicated dynamic to Obama’s vacation. Just as Obama was arriving on Martha’s Vineyard, an interview with the former secretary of state was published in which she levied some of her sharpest criticism of Obama’s foreign policy.

Associated Press