Both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be out of the country at the same time Tuesday, but only for a few hours.
It's the first time this has happened since they took office in 2009.
The president is heading to Israel Tuesday evening.
Biden is returning from Rome from the new pope's inauguration, sometime after President Obama departs.
The White House is adamant this will not affect the day-to-day operation of the government.