President Bush has left the Washington spotlight for the quiet and seclusion of his Texas ranch. He will spend about 10 days at his home in the tiny town of Crawford, Texas.
The president may be far from Washington, but the latest information in the war on terrorism is close at hand.
While at the ranch, he will get daily briefings via teleconference on national security and intelligence matters. He will have few public appearances, but will be in touch with top aides, many of whom are also spending this holiday week with family and friends outside Washington.
Mr. Bush is likely to spend some time during his stay in Texas preparing the State of the Union Address he will deliver next month to a joint session of the U.S. Congress. He is expected to use that speech to maintain support for the war and to assure Americans that his administration is working to boost the slumping economy.
This is his second visit to his Texas ranch since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin was his house guest. The two men held hours of talks, and answered questions from students at a nearby school.