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Obamas begin Martha's Vineyard vacation

President Barack Obama says the message to reporters covering his Martha

President Barack Obama waves as he walks off Air Force One at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama says the message to reporters covering his Martha's Vineyard vacation is take a walk - on the beach, that is.

Pleading for privacy, the White House says Obama won't have any public events. Aides also asked that the journalists also not take pictures of the Obamas' two young daughters when they aren't with the president.

On the flight over, spokesman Bill Burton passed on a message from Obama to reporters to "have a good time. Take some walks on the beaches."

The first family arrived yesterday afternoon, just after Hurricane Bill cleared the general area.

The work won't stop entirely. Obama will receive an economic briefing through memos, and the secluded 28-acre private estate has a secure line to the White House if needed.


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