R & R

Obama's Stressful Vacation

Presidents don't really get weeks off. Despite his best efforts, President Obama's vacation on Martha's Vineyard wasn't too relaxing, The Washington Post writes. Sure, according to spokesman Bill Burton, Obama "was talking as much trash as he usually does" on basketball court and golf course. But the week wasn't all helmet-less family bike rides along the Aquinnah beach, accompanied by cadres of bare-headed Secret Service agents. The island paradise also served as an incongruous backdrop as Obama reappointed Ben Bernanke as chair of the Federal Reserve. But it was something Obama couldn't control—Ted Kennedy's death—that really put a somber pall over the intended week of fun. Nothing spoils the free and breezy mood like eulogizing a friend and colleague, as Obama will on Saturday, before returning to Blue Heron Farm for one last night.