09/10/2011 12:36 pm ET | Updated Nov 10, 2011

Behind-The-Scenes White House Photos: Obama's Bus Tour, Martha's Vineyard Vacation & More (PHOTOS)

The White House has released a gallery of behind-the-scenes photos, which provide insight into how President Barack Obama spent the dog days of summer.

While Congress left Capitol Hill on August recess to vacation and face angry constituents at home, Obama began the month by celebrating a successful, yet controversial, deal to raise the debt ceiling. The president then turned his focus toward addressing the persistent jobs crisis with a three-day Midwest bus tour, before catching a week of leisure on a family trip to Martha's Vineyard.

Browse through the pictures below, snapped by official White House photographer Pete Souza, and for more exclusive photos, check out their Flickr page.