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Aww: Obama Cutting Vacation Short to Escape the Wrath of Irene

The approaching nature storm is accomplishing what the ongoing economic storm has not: Get Barack Obama off the links.

Urging everyone in Hurricane Irene’s path to prepare, President Barack Obama decided to cut his vacation short Friday and return to the White House for a storm he described as potentially historic.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president would leave Martha’s Vineyard a day early, on Friday evening, because it would be prudent to be in Washington as Irene strikes the Eastern Seaboard.

This contradicts stories earlier in the day, which said that Obama was staying put even as island residents were all bugging out. Of course, Obama doesn't really have to worry about the things the little people have to worry about, like getting stuck in escape traffic for hours while the storm bears down. He can just wring up Marine One and get out any time he likes.

Which leaves time for another round of golf this afternoon, actually.