Mystery solved: Obama staff says telecommuter in chief and teleprompter can lead from anywhere

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President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place. … Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, since Obama rarely interrupts his vacations. …

MysteryTripWhite House officials have bristled at repeated questions over the decision, even as the story has popcorned across the Internet.

“WH claimed Obama can do everything on the Vineyard, so why did he need to fly back to WH to meet with staff?” tweeted Joseph Curl, a Washington Times columnist and editor of the Drudge Report. “So wait, both Obama AND Holder flew from the Vineyard to DC so Holder could update Obama on Ferguson? Something very fishy going on here.” …

Press secretary Josh Earnest insisted earlier this month that the return did not reflect sensitivity to the optics of the president’s vacation. “The president recognizes that he is president of the United States 24 hours a day, seven days a week, wherever he happens to be,” Earnest said. “And the president will be in a position to fulfill the core functions of the commander-in-chief and ensure for the safety and security of the American people wherever he travels.”


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