EDGARTOWN, Mass. (August 17, 2013)—President Barack
Obama, his wife and daughters went to a private beach Saturday morning on the south shore of Martha’s Vineyard where the president has been vacationing for a week.
He returns to Washington Sunday.
Mr. Obama has kept a low profile during his stay, speaking out publicly only once, to condemn escalating violence in Egypt.
He filled most of his days with golf and evenings out with the first lady.
The first family is staying in a secluded four-bedroom rental home in Chilmark.
Meanwhile in his prerecorded radio and Internet address Saturday, the president pledged to do everything he can to make sure the new health care law works the way he intended.
Mr. Obama criticized congressional Republicans, who he says are trying to confuse people about the law, as well as other Republican opponents for threatening to eliminate funding for the law or shut down the government if they don't get their way.
The president said a lot of Republicans think he'll suffer if they make the law fail, but that happens, he says they'd just be "sticking it" to the people.
In the Republican address U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., argued for a delay in the requirement that uninsured consumers buy health care coverage or pay fines.