ABC News’ Mary Bruce (@marykbruce) Reports:
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife have escaped the heat and political squabbling of Washington to spend the rest of the week vacationing in the Hamptons.
Although the Vice President’s official schedule says only that the Bidens are set to “visit Long Island,” they traveled to their annual vacation spot in Southampton earlier today and plan to stay through Monday.
The Bidens vacation may be off to a bit of a rocky start, however. Striking Verizon workers reportedly picketed in front of their vacation home today, hoping to sway the Vice President to listen to their cause. Tens of thousands of Verizon workers went on strike earlier this week following a contract dispute with the telecommunications company.
President Obama will follow his number two’s lead later this month when he and his family travel to Martha’s Vineyard for a little R&R. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed today that, despite the staggering economy, the president still plans to take his annual summer vacation.
“I don't think Americans out there would begrudge that notion that the president would spend some time with his family,” Carney said. Besides, he noted “there's no such thing as a presidential vacation.”
“The presidency travels with you. He will be in constant communication and get regular briefings from his national security team as well as his economic team. And he will, of course, be fully capable if necessary of traveling back if that were required. It's not very far,” Carney said.