Obama begins vacation by picking up summer reading

Last Updated: Fri, Aug 20, 2010 17:40 hrs

US President Barack Obama picked up some summer reading Friday on the first full day of his 10-day vacation on the Massachusetts vacation island of Martha's Vineyard.

Obama, relaxing in jeans and a polo shirt, dropped into the local bookstore Bunch of Grapes with his daughters Malia and Sasha and emerged carrying two shopping bags.

The shop was also popular with former president Bill Clinton, who also vacationed on Martha's Vineyard, a popular destination for the nation's elite and where Obama also spent time at a rented home last summer.

Deputy White House spokesman Bill Burton said the Obamas picked the area because 'it's a beautiful part of the country'.

'It has really nice beaches and the folks are really great. The food is terrific. And it's some place that the president went before he was president and likes to go back because it's a comfortable place where he can rest and recharge the batteries a little bit,' Burton said.

Though as president, Obama won't get to rest too much, he will receive daily intelligence and economic briefings.

The Blue Heron Farm, where the Obamas are staying, features a private beach, basketball court, swimming pool and golf practice area.

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