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Gibbs to press: Let the Obamas enjoy their Vineyard vacation

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These are the dog days of summer, and in DC, where the summer heat can be stifling, it's time for the annual recess. Time for all those politicians, lobbyists, interns, and assorted brass to leave the steamy Washington soup, and head for cooler climes. And the president is no exception.

Starting on Sunday, Barack Obama and his family will be vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. (The Vineyard, perhaps not coincidentally, was also a favorite destination of the Clintons.) So what will the president be doing on his days off? The White House is keeping travel plans intentionally vague, but the Boston Herald is reporting that Obama could play a couple rounds of golf with Tiger Woods.

On the other hand, he might just lounge on the beach. Or keep up with all those "death panel" rumors. Regardless of what's on the Obamas' schedule, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs had one message for the hordes of press preparing to descend on the Vineyard: Give the family some space.

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