America's health care debate will continue, but the loudest voice will be silent at least for a few days.
The president and the first family have begun their vacation at Martha's Vineyard on a secluded 28-acre private estate in Massachusetts. Well-wishers lined the motorcade route to welcome the Obamas to New England on Sunday.
The White House said golf is definitely on the agenda for the commander-in-chief and it has been requested of reporters that they "chill."
"He wants you to relax and have a good time," spokesman Bill Burton told reporters flying with the Obama's from Washington to Massachusetts. "Take some walks on the beaches. Nobody's looking to make any news."
Naturally the president will still receive daily briefings on the state of the economy and matters of security. Obama will also receive an economic briefing through daily memos, and there is also a secure line to the White House, if a situation develops.
The Obama family also welcomed the president's sister on their week-long vacation, as well as the first dog, Bo.
President Obama is paying for the family vacation home, and taxpayers will pick up the tab for security and for the White House staff, which is customary for all presidents.