The President, First Lady and one of their daughters arrived on the Cape Saturday afternoon for the start of a family vacation, even as the US continues to conduct airstrikes against Islamic terrorists in northern Iraq.
Marine One and the First Family departed the US Coast Guard Air Station on the Cape for Martha's Vineyard only a couple of hours after the president spoke to the nation, saying the airstrikes will continue as long as necessary.
Before leaving the White House for a two-week vacation, the president told reporters that he was ready "to not have a suit on for a while." Obama and his family have vacationed on the island every summer of his presidency, except 2012 when he was running for re-election.
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The Obamas are staying at a rented home, up-island in Chilmark. The president played his first round of golf at Farm Neck in Oak Bluffs Saturday afternoon. While he typically keeps a low-profile, the president will take part in a Democratic fundraiser on the island Monday night.