President Obama began his vacation on Martha's Vineyard Friday with a visit to a local bookstore the Associated Press reports.

The president was accompanied by his daughters, Malia and Sasha.  Obama said one of his daughters had a school assignment. Leaving the store he was seen holding five or six books including Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.

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Later in the day, the president golfed at a private course and ended his evening having dinner with First Lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama on social media: You’ve got to ‘think before you tweet’ MSNBC trolls Trump with video montage of Obama saying ‘Merry Christmas’ Overnight Regulation: USDA delays healthy school lunch requirements | Senate panel advances controversial environmental pick | Drone industry pushes to ease rules | Dem commish joins energy regulator MORE at the Beach Plum Inn according to media reports.

Republicans have criticized Obama for traveling to Martha's Vineyard in the midst of a slumping economy and high unemployment.

To counter the criticism, the White House has said that the president will receive daily briefings from his advisers. Earlier Friday the administration released a photo of the president receiving a national security briefing from John Brennan, his top counterterrorism adviser.