As World Chaos Continues, Obama Quietly Retreats to Martha's Vineyard
President Obama returned to his vacation home at Martha’s Vineyard after briefly interrupting his vacation for two days of meetings in Washington, D.C.
Obama met with his economic team Tuesday before leaving the White House at 4:22 pm to return to his vacation home.
He did not react to the news that broke later that evening about an ISIS video that showed the beheading of American journalist James Wright Foley.
The National Security Council reacted, however, in a statement provided by spokesperson Caitlin Hayden.
“We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by ISIL,” Hayden said. “The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available.”
According to White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, Obama was briefed by Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes on the ISIL video while traveling on Air Force One.
Obama touched down at Martha’s Vineyard on Marine One at approximately 6:10 pm before the presidential motorcade continued to the rental home.
He is expected to remain at Martha’s Vineyard through Sunday, August 24.