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Obama Briefed on Libya, Continues Vacation

August 21, 2011

EDGARTOWN, Mass. -- President Obama was briefed on the situation in Libya Sunday morning by his top counterterrorism adviser before heading with his family to a private beach and then hitting the links in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard.

White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement that the briefing by adviser John Brennan included input from security personnel in Benghazi.

(RELATED: Obama Plans Lots of Vacation Reading)

 

During the past 24 hours, the rebels trying to topple Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi have advanced upon Tripoli, the country’s capital, where Qaddafi has maintained a stronghold since the civil war began in the spring.

Earnest said US officials are in close communication with allies and partners in the region, as well as with Libyan rebels.

(PICTURES: Obama on Martha's Vineyard)

“We believe that [Qaddafi's] days are numbered, and that the Libyan people deserve a just, democratic, and peaceful future,” Earnest said in a statement.

He said the president will continue to receive briefings during his vacation here “as necessary.”

Obama left Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark shortly before 10 a.m. on Sunday and headed with his wife and two daughters to a private beach off Edgartown West Tisbury Road.

(PICTURES: The Towns of Martha's Vineyard)

White House officials did not say whether the beach is affiliated with a residence or who else may have joined the first family there.

After about two hours of sun and surf, the president left the family behind to play a round of golf at Vineyard Golf Club, just a few minutes down the road in Edgartown.

For more from The Boston Globe, go to boston.com.

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