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Obama going to Martha's Vineyard in August

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  • Obama to spend vacation with first family at Martha Vineyard in August
  • Bill Clinton, family also vacationed in famed Massachusetts island
  • Aides say Michelle Obama, daughters may arrive days ahead of president
From Ed Henry
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The first family is heading to Massachusetts next month for some rest and relaxation.

White House aides said President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia will spend the final week of August together in Martha's Vineyard, a favored vacation spot for then-President Bill Clinton and his family in the '90s.

The aides confirmed on Friday what had been rumored for months but had been kept under wraps for security and other reasons, including the fact that vacation plans are very sensitive in the middle of a painful recession.

Aides have privately held open the possibility that Michelle Obama and the girls may arrive at the vacation spot a few days earlier while the president works on a variety of issues, including his push for health reform.

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