Obama Returns From Vacation

Economy, foreign policy top agenda upon return to White House.

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President Obama is back at the White House after a weeklong summer vacation and he's already planning another road trip to campaign for his agenda.

He is scheduled to take a bus tour later this week through upstate New York and Pennsylvania to stump for his proposals to strengthen the economy and make college education more affordable. On Thursday, he visits the State University of New York in Buffalo and Henninger High School in Syracuse.

On Friday, he is planning to hold a town-hall-style meeting at Binghamton University and give a speech at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa., where he is to be joined by Vice President Joe Biden, a native of Scranton.

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Obama also has a series of pressing foreign-policy issues to consider, including how to stabilize the crisis in Egypt and how to help the rebels in Syria.

President Barack Obama lines up his putt as White House Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition Sam Kass, center, and White House Trip Director Marvin Nicholson watch on the first green at Farm Neck Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Oak Bluffs, Mass. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama lines up his putt as White House Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition Sam Kass, center, and White House Trip Director Marvin Nicholson watch on the first green at Farm Neck Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Oak Bluffs, Mass. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
 

And he is trying to find compromises with congressional Republicans over a spending plan and increasing the federal borrowing limit to avoid a partial government shutdown when the federal budget year ends Sept. 30.

Among the other issues pressing on Obama is the selection of a new chairman of the Federal Reserve.

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On Monday, he is to meet with financial regulators to discuss Wall Street reform. On Tuesday, Obama holds a White House ceremony to honor the 1972 Miami Dolphins pro football team, which went 17-0 that year. The Dolphins never came to the White House after they won the Super Bowl in 1973 because then-President Nixon was absorbed by the Watergate scandal.

Obama and his family returned to the White House Sunday night after taking a holiday at Martha's Vineyard, Mass. The president kept mostly to himself with his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha. The president played golf six times and went to the beach and rode bicycles with his family.

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  • Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog "Ken Walsh's Washington" for usnews.com and "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He is the author of the new book "Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America's Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership." Ken Walsh can be reached at kwalsh@usnews.com and on Facebook and Twitter.