Back on vacation: Obama leaves Washington to work on his golf game

As expected, President Barack Obama left Washington yesterday afternoon to return to his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, though the White House won’t say why exactly he came back to the nation’s capital, according to The Hill, except to say that some meetings were involved:

Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.

Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, since Obama rarely interrupts his vacations.
Speculation for why Obama returned focused around the possibility of a secret foreign leader meeting or the roll out of a new administration initiative on immigration or corporate taxes.

But no such explanation materialized.

Judicial Watch says that the trip cost taxpayers $1.1 million, The Hill reports. That’s a pretty hefty sum just to ease the minds of Democrats who are freaking out over the perception that President Obama isn’t as engaged as he needs to be, given the strife in Ferguson, Missouri. Don’t worry. Eric Holder has got this. Or something. There’s also Iraq, where an American journalist, James Wright Foley, was beheaded by ISIS on Tuesday.

But, hey, President Obama can work on his swing until the weekend, when he’s scheduled to officially return from vacation.

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