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White House blog omits Obama vacation for 4 straight days

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It has covered some of the most important events at the White House — and the silliest, like first pup Bo’s pose when he greets President Obama in the Oval Office.

But for four days running, there has been no mention on the White House Blog of the president’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

The island was noted on a copy of his remarks on Iraq on Monday, but only as the dateline. There have been no pictures of the president golfing, beach combing or attending Monday's fundraiser.

Just because the president and first family are on a 16-day holiday, however, doesn’t mean the blog has gone dark. It currently includes a tribute to actor Robin Williams, notes recent presidential remarks on Iraq, and features this headline: “Delivering a Customer-Focused Government Through Smarter IT.”

For the record, the press pool covering the president have filed these highlights:

Saturday August 9, 11:24 a.m.: Marine One touched down at Andrews at 11:15 a.m. President Obama, the First Lady (in a casual, green patterned dress) and Malia (wearing a cream mini skirt and sleeveless grey top) soon emerged and boarded Air Force One. Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes and Marvin Nicholson followed a minute later. The First Dogs boarded Air Force One earlier and will be vacationing on the Vineyard as well. At 11:24 a.m., Air Force One is rolling, and the presidential vacation has begun.

Saturday 2:27 p.m.: After spending about 30 minutes at the house, President Obama departed for the first golf outing of the vacation. The motorcade made its way to Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs. The club sits on a peninsula overlooking Nantucket Sound.

Saturday 3:13 p.m.: The pool was permitted to watch President Obama and his golf partners as they wrapped up the first hole at Farm Neck. Obama, in a white golf shirt, baseball cap and gray pants, carefully lined up a putt, bending down to the grass and taking a long look at the green before eventually making the short putt.

Sunday 1:45 p.m.: Greetings from Martha's Vineyard, where the sun is shining and the president is golfing. The first full day of POTUS' vacation started slowly for your pool. POTUS got out and about at a leisurely Sunday pace and so did we. The pool joined up with the motorcade in Chilmark at 1:05 and arrived at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs at 1:35. The drive across the island was an uneventful ride past wooded hills, cedar-shingled homes and a farm stand. A woman on a scooter honked enthusiastically as we rode by. One man, a beach towel hanging around his neck, thrust his fist in the air.

Monday 1:07 p.m.: After an uneventful 21-minute ride past verdant fields, clapboard houses and one animated woman who threw the motorcade the Shaka sign, the president and First Family is taking advantage of the weather and is spending a day at the beach in edgartown. The name of the beach is not known. Pool is holding in a parking lot across the street from the road to the beach and has not seen POTUS.

Monday 5:25 p.m.: President Obama just completed a statement on the situation in Iraq (report to come very shortly). At 5:24 we are rolling toward a fundraiser at a private residence where the president will take remakes.

Monday 7:02 p.m.: The DSCC fundraiser is being held at the Tisbury, Mass., home of Roger H. Brown and Linda Mason. Brown is the president of the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He and Mason founded Bright Horizons, a child-care provider. Mason is also a chair of MercyCorps. ... Obama said he and his family were "hanging out with some seals" at the beach this afternoon and that, as a Hawaiian, he still thinks the water is "still a little cold."

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.