Obama Cuts vacation short due to Irene
WASHINGTON – On Saturday, August 27, the President will travel from Martha’s Vineyard via Marine One to Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station. The departure from Martha’s Vineyard is travel pool coverage only.
Following the arrival at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station, the President will return to Washington aboard Air Force One. The departure from Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station will be open to the press.
NOTE: All Air Force One travel times are subject to change due to weather conditions. Air Force One departure is closed to the public.
President Obama decided midday Friday to cut short his family vacation and fly back to Washington in the evening to direct Hurricane Irene response efforts, the White House announced today. He had previously planned to return by midday Saturday.
The president alerted his staff that he and his family would depart early from Martha’s Vineyard after he made brief public remarks warning East Coast populations to heed evacuation orders and to take seriously advice to prepare for severe conditions in the next few days, a White House spokesman told reporters.
“All indications point to this being a historic hurricane,” Obama warned Americans during a three-minute speech delivered at the secluded compound he and his family have enjoyed since Aug. 18. “All of us have to take this storm seriously. You need to listen to your state and local officials, and if you are given an evacuation order, please follow it.”
Satellite technology and time-lapse photography posted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on YouTube brought home Obama’s reasons for worry that the East Coast will feel Irene’s punch. Meteorologists warned that the hurricane picked up speed late Friday as it neared the North Carolina coast.