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Obama cuts short vacation, returning to Washington tonight

President Obama has decided to cut his vacation short by one day, choosing to fly back to Washington, D.C., tonight instead of Saturday morning according to Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

AP

President Barack Obama (D), speaking from Martha's Vineyard, urges those on the East Coast to prepare for the worst with Hurricane Irene.

Earnest said the president “simply reached the conclusion it would be more prudent for him to be in Washington, D.C., at the White House, tonight."

Earnest also explained that the decision was not being made out of concern for the president's safety, but instead so that he can oversee the hurricane response from the White House.

The President has been vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, MA, since Thursday, Aug. 18th with his family. This was his third trip to the Vineyard since he became president.