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Crisis stymies Obama getaway

| Thursday, March 6, 2014, 7:51 p.m.

WASHINGTON — It was supposed be a weekend getaway to Florida for President Obama and his wife and daughters, an escape from the frigid weather and lingering piles of snow around Washington. But Russia's intervention in Ukraine has put Obama's plans in doubt, making it very likely the family will end up at the White House.

“It is possible the president may return to the White House on Friday as events unfold in Ukraine,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

The weekend stay was to be tacked on to a visit by Obama and his wife on Friday to Coral Reef High School in Miami, where they are to address students on the importance of education.

This vacation would happen on the heels of the holiday Obama spent at the Sunnylands estate in Southern California during Presidents Day weekend last month, where he teed off on the desert property's 9-hole golf course as well as on a private, 19-hole course owned by supporter Larry Ellison, co-founder of the Oracle software company and one of the richest men in America.

Every president gets criticized for the amount of time he spends away from the White House, and Obama is no different. The Florida vacation, if it happens, would be his third for the year.

— Associated Press

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