(WASHINGTON) -- Fresh off three days of barnstorming in the Midwest, President Obama will spend Thursday morning at the White House in two closed-door meetings, first with his senior economic advisors in the Oval Office then with his national security team in the Situation Room. And then it's off for some R&R. In the afternoon, Obama heads to the island oasis of Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts, where he’s expected to spend the next 10 days vacationing with his family.
The trip -- the Obamas’ third consecutive to the Vineyard -- comes in spite of some criticism from Republicans and members of his own party that he remain in Washington to focus on the economy.
"We've got to be doing every single thing we can, every minute of every day to help the American people,” Obama told a crowd Wednesday in Alpha, Illinois -- the last stop on his bus tour.
White House press secretary Jay Carney has said Obama will continue to work on the economy even while he is away.
"I don't think Americans out there would begrudge that notion that the president would spend some time with his family,” Carney told reporters last week.
He added, "There's no such thing as a presidential vacation. The presidency travels with you. He will be in constant communication and get regular briefings from his national security team as well as his economic team. And he will, of course, be fully capable if necessary of traveling back if that were required. It's not very far."
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