President Barack Obama planned a break in the middle of his Martha's Vineyard vacation to return to Washington on Sunday night for meetings with Vice President Joe Biden and other advisers on the U.S. military campaign in Iraq and tensions between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.


The White House has been silent about exactly why the president needs to return to Washington for those discussions. He's received multiple briefings on both issues while on vacation.


Part of the decision appears aimed at countering criticism that Obama is spending two weeks on a resort island in the midst of so many foreign and domestic crises.


Yet those crises turned the first week of Obama's vacation into a working holiday. He made on-camera statements on U.S. military action in Iraq and the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.  The White House has not said whether the President will make a surprise visit to Ferguson.


He also called foreign leaders.


Obama plans to go back to Massachusetts on Tuesday.