Obamas Begin Vacation
Trip to book shop, golf, security briefing round out day one
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2011 4:48 PM CDT
President Obama is briefed by counter-terror official John Brennan on Martha's Vineyard, in this photo released by the White House.   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – President Obama began his should-he or shouldn't-he vacation at Martha's Vineyard today, and the White House made a point to release a photo of him getting a national security briefing, notes the Hill. He also played some golf, but the big splash came when he and Malia and Sasha ventured into a local book shop, reports the Los Angeles Times. A supportive crowd gathered outside, and the president shook a few hands before taking off.

It's not clear what he ultimately bought inside the Bunch of Grapes shop, but at one point Obama had Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Room by Emma Donoghue, and the Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell in his stack. Don't read too much into the Brave New World pick—the LAT points out it was likely for Malia's school reading list. Click for more on controversial presidential vacations.