The White House released a photo Friday morning of President Obama receiving a national security briefing while on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.

The photo of Obama speaking with John Brennan, his top counterterrorism adviser, could be read as an effort to push back at arguments that the president is somehow disengaged while on vacation with his family.


Republicans and some Democrats have criticized Obama for traveling to Martha’s Vineyard during an economic crisis. The White House has responded that the president is entitled to some time with his family and that he remains engaged with his responsibilities.

Obama is scheduled to remain at Martha’s Vineyard until the end of next week.

He is getting daily briefings on the economy and foreign affairs from his advisers, the White House has said.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president received a written economic briefing Friday from his economic team.