Obama Skips Martha’s Vineyard, Evades Annual Vacation Controversy

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US President Barack Obama rides his bicycle as he is followed by his daughter Malia in West Tisbury on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 27, 2010. The US First Family is vacationing on the island until August 29. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Family fun is canceled until after the election. Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/2010 AFP

President Obama has seen Mitt Romney's mandatory all-American holiday and raised him a "too busy running the country to take a vacation." Conveniently, the Blue Heron Farm, the Martha's Vineyard estate Obama has rented every August since he took office, was recently sold, and he's announced that he'll only have time to take a short family vacation at some point later this year. The summer just won't be the same without the yearly debate over the duration and location of the First Family's getaway.