Obamas head to Martha's Vineyard for summer vacation

US President Barack Obama (centre) and his family arrive to board Air Force One for travel to Massachusetts for their annual vacation at Martha's Vineyard.
US President Barack Obama (centre) and his family arrive to board Air Force One for travel to Massachusetts for their annual vacation at Martha's Vineyard.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama arrived on Saturday (Aug 6) in Martha's Vineyard for a two-week summer vacation with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, the White House said.

Air Force One, the presidential plane, whisked the first family from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to the popular Massachusetts retreat, an island located south of Cape Cod.

Accompanying the President, First Lady and teenagers Sasha and Malia were the family dogs, Sunny and Bo.

Obama and the first lady greeted some local residents upon their arrival before heading to their vacation house in the small town of Chilmark, on the western end of the island.

The White House said the Obamas will remain in Martha's Vineyard - their usual summer getaway spot - through Aug 21.