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  • President Barack Obama prepares to tee off while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard Sunday.

      President Barack Obama prepares to tee off while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard Sunday.
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EDGARTOWN, Mass. -- President Barack Obama returned to the golf course Sunday to play a sixth and final round before heading back to Washington after a weeklong vacation on Martha's Vineyard.

Obama played at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, his third visit there since arriving on the Massachusetts island on Aug. 10. World Bank President Jim Kim, New York lawyer and Obama fundraiser Eunu Chun and aide Mike Brush completed the foursome, the White House said. On Sunday night, Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha boarded Air Force One, which then departed Cape Cod, Mass., for the trip home.

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The president spent all or part of nine days on this lush island, mostly keeping a low profile. He spoke publicly just once, condemning violence in Egypt.

The political upheaval in that Middle Eastern country is one of several issues Obama will have to contend with in the coming weeks. Also drawing his attention will be negotiations with congressional Republicans to get a new spending plan in place by the Sept. 30 end of the federal budget year or risk a government shutdown, and to increase the government's borrowing authority.

Obama also is considering whom to pick as his next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

The president devoted many vacation hours to his golf game, but reserved time for a few date-night dinners with the first lady at high-end restaurants before their daughters arrived late in the week. The entire family went for a bike ride, hit the beach and ate a couple of dinners away from their $7 million, four-bedroom vacation rental in Chilmark. One family night out was spent in Oak Bluffs at the waterfront rental of White House senior adviser and family friend Valerie Jarrett. The first family had dinner and watched a fireworks show there.

Obama's week ahead includes a White House recognition ceremony Tuesday for the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only NFL team to achieve a perfect season.

The Dolphins, who went 17-0, never made it to the White House after their Super Bowl win 40 years ago in 1973. President Richard Nixon was immersed in the Watergate scandal at the time and, back then, White House visits by victorious professional and collegiate sports teams were not as common as they are today.

Many Dolphins team members are expected to attend, including fullback Larry Csonka and Hall of Fame coach Don Shula.

Obama also hits the road again at the end of next week, this time on official business. He's scheduled a bus trip through upstate New York and Pennsylvania to talk about making a college education more affordable. Thursday's stops include the State University of New York at Buffalo and Henninger High School in Syracuse. On Friday, Obama planned to answer questions at a town hall-style event at SUNY-Binghamton before a stop at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa. He is to be joined there by Vice President Joe Biden, a native of the northeastern Pennsylvania city.

The stops are the latest on Obama's summertime tour to highlight his economic proposals for the middle class.

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