This week in Obama vacations

North of Boston this evening on a private boat from Martha’s Vineyard is President Barack Obama’s summer estate and his vacation beach house. The first family is in Washington and is spending the final three days of their summer vacation, winding down.

The Obamas leave Friday, but it will be a busy few days for the vice president.

On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden will kick off his 16th marathon (his eighth without fail) to benefit his Believe in Kids campaign. He left the Obama White House in January and returned to Delaware, where he was an ardent supporter of his former boss.

On Tuesday, he will hold a “town hall event” at the Museum of American Finance, at which he will discuss growing the economy.

On Wednesday, the former president will participate in the inaugural APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit in Vietnam, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore.

Mr. Obama’s appearance will be a bit odd, since Vice President Biden does not sit on the same stage with the head of state at forums like these. Mr. Obama wants to convey that he can stand on his own in foreign policy matters, and that did not allow him to participate in last year’s APEC meeting.

Vietnam, which is an important ally for the United States, is also a place for Mr. Obama to placate Chinese leaders in light of the Trump administration’s new tariffs.

President Trump is also on the island, having arrived on Tuesday. He is attending an event at the Capital Grille on Wednesday night and walking around on Thursday.

President Donald Trump is expected to spend Thanksgiving break — the unofficial holidays of the vacation season — in Nantucket, meaning he is returning to a spot he hosted a wake in his 18th-floor presidential suite while in office. It is also the spot where his pop, Donald Trump Jr., and a group of women were involved in a 2013 brawl with Rolling Stone photographer David Carson, who had been attempting to take their group photos.

The first lady, Melania Trump, has also announced she will be at the resort.

In addition to the Obamas, the president and first lady will be joined by their three grown children, as well as six grandchildren.

A news conference is scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Nantucket War Memorial (26 Flats Road), where Michelle Obama will formally announce a partnership between the foundation and Goodwill Industries, addressing the need for clothing and other hard-to-get items for job training and employment opportunities. The first lady is expected to highlight the issue during a speech she is giving at Northwestern University on Monday evening.

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