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Barack Obama

First family returns to DC

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 01:01

US President Barack Obama and his family returned to Washington DC from Martha's Vineyard. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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After a two weeks-long scheduled vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, U.S. President Barack Obama returns to Washington, DC on Sunday (August 24). As Obama discovered over the past two weeks, presidents can run into trouble when their vacation is perceived as detached from the concerns of Americans. His reputation came under fierce criticism for playing golf during crises involving Islamic State militants, racial unrest in Missouri, a Chinese plane's altercation with an American aircraft over Japan, and renewed violence in Ukraine. The criticism has come mostly from Republicans, who are complaining about everything Obama does in this election year. Obama's defenders say the controversy is much ado about nothing, and that the president was able to do his job capably and is never really is on vacation. Over the course of the last two weeks, Obama gave four public statements, including a news conference when he returned to the White House for two days a week ago.

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First family returns to DC

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 01:01