Presidential retreats

Barack Obama and his family are about to set off for an eight-day vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s

Vineyard. Leaving the White House for a little R&R has been a longtime — and welcome — tradition among U.S. presidents. Here, a look at previous chief

executive retreats.

Presidential retreats

?President Clinton waves with friend Vernon Jordan after boarding the "Relmar" with Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass, and Jackie Kennedy Onassis, right. The Clinton plan to lunch with the Kennedys during an afternoon of boating on the water of the coast of Martha's Vineyard Tuesday August 24, 1993. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)

Presidential retreats

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John F. Kennedy and wife Jacqueline in cockpit of their sailboat, Victura at Hyannis Port, Mass., Aug. 7, 1960. The senator took advantage of ideal weather to get in some sailing before leaving for Washington. (AP Photo)

Presidential retreats

President Dwight D. Eisenhower (center) playing golf.  (Photo by Walter Sanders//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)