President Obama is taking a break from the beltway.
Before heading off on his week-long vacation the President applauded the Afghan people on their free elections.
"I was struck by their courage in the face of intimidation, and their dignity in the face of disorder," he said.
He's heading to Camp David and then Martha's Vineyard, leaving behind the Washington heat, but not the pressure of the health care debate.
While the President is holding out hope for a "public option", government health care insurance, the Senate finance committee's bipartisan "gang of six" has reportedly taken it off table.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says her chamber won't pass a bill without the public option.
The White House says the President wants a deal, but will not settle.
The latest polls show public confidence in his handling of health care is slipping.
The Washington Post-ABC news poll shows his approval numbers are down and disapproval numbers sharply up compared to April.