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Obama Briefed on Libya, Hurricane Irene While on Vacation

August 23, 2011

Space Station View of Hurricane Irene

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. – President Obama started his fifth day of vacation on Martha's Vineyard with briefings on Libya, the economy, and Hurricane Irene.

He met with National Security Adviser John Brennan, who told the president that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is supporting response efforts in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and is coordinating with authorities in states that the storm could affect later this week.

Economic Adviser Brian Deese updated Obama on activity in U.S. and global financial markets and discussed the jobs plan that the president plans to debut after Labor Day, White House officials said.

 

After the briefings, the president headed out for a bike ride with his family. A small crowd of bikers gathered next to a path in Manuel F. Correlus State Park, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Obamas. The family was preceded on the narrow path by two trucks carrying Secret Service agents, and a caravan of agents on bicycles rode ahead of the president, who was followed by more agents in SUVs. 

"Can you imagine living like that?" one bicyclist asked her fellow onlookers. 

The president said, "Hello, everybody," as he passed.

The family then took off for a private beach in Edgartown, the same one the family visited on Sunday.

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