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Obama's Vacation: Fun (And National Security Briefings) In Sun

President Obama, at Martha's Vineyard, gets security briefing from counterterrorism adviser John Brennan. Pete Souza/The White House hide caption

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President Obama, at Martha's Vineyard, gets security briefing from counterterrorism adviser John Brennan.

Pete Souza/The White House

Since he apparently can't do anything for which there isn't someone who won't find fault with him, maybe it made a certain sense for President Obama to stick with his Martha's Vineyard vacation.

What difference will it make to his overall approval ratings? And if he had traveled by Air Force One, Marine One and the presidential motorcade to a little cabin in Door County, Wisconsin, then what?

It wouldn't have done much for the economy, it would have seemed like pandering and maybe it would have gotten his family upset with him, too. Perhaps his wife and children really wanted to go to Martha's Vineyard.

As NPR's Linton Weeks notes in a piece on presidential vacations, the nation's commanders-in-chief are always on the job.

The above photo by White House photographer Pete Souza underscores that. There's the president, sitting in an Adirondack chair, getting a national security briefing from adviser John Brennan. Looks relaxing, doesn't it?

Of course, the keepers of the president's image want you to know that this is how he's spending part of his Martha's Vineyard vacation.

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