With A Few Exceptions, Island Businesses See Bump from Obama Visit

From mussels for the president to lobster rolls for the press, from publicity to dollars, the economic impact — and the buzz — from President Obama’s Vineyard vacation spread far and wide across the Island.

President Wraps Up Nine-Day Vacation on Martha's Vineyard

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters left the Vineyard quietly last Sunday night, departing the Island on Marine One in a steady drizzle. The departure, like most of the president’s visit, was out of the public eye.

Open Letter to the President

All things taken into account, we’re happy and proud that you chose to spend your week’s vacation on our small Island. Sure, it was disruptive to have South Road blocked off for a week. The gridlock that always grips Oak Bluffs on fireworks day was that much worse for your attendance. The occasional glimpse of armored vehicles and SWAT teams where we expected to see tourists in jeeps and on bikes was nothing short of chilling. And though we didn’t try, it probably was tough to get a tee time last week.

Embracing the Roadblock from Within

Chilmark, August 18. It’s almost 
midnight, and lights at the Snail Road house up the hill are still on. But the guests of honor are gone. The 24-hour Secret Service protection is gone.

President Obama Departs, Martha's Vineyard Vacation Draws to a Close

President Obama and his family departed from the Vineyard under rainy skies this evening, concluding a quiet nine-day Vineyard vacation for the first family.

Marine One left Martha’s Vineyard Airport just after 9 p.m., and arrived at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station at 9:16 p.m. The president greeted well-wishers there before boarding Air Force One.

President Obama Spends Night Out on Town as Vineyard Vacation Winds Down

As their Vineyard vacation draws to a close, the Obamas finally hit the beach Saturday before heading out to dinner in Edgartown. The president also squeezed in another round of golf.

The president, first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha arrived at a private beach off Pohogonot Road at around 10 a.m. Saturday morning. The rural area, accessed down long dirt roads, offers access to Edgartown Great Pond and the Atlantic Ocean. The Obamas have visited the beach during other Vineyard visits.

Obama Vacation Follows Familiar Routine

President Obama addressed the nation from outside his Chilmark rental home Thursday morning about the ongoing violence in Egypt.

The briefing took place on the sixth day of President Obama’s Vineyard vacation, a week punctuated by security and press briefings and a familiar pattern of golf, dining out and quiet time with family and friends.

Obama Detour Signals Drop in Up-Island Business

West Tisbury businesses, from a gas station to farm stand vendors, fear that the partial closure of South Road and prominent detour signs spurred by President Obama’s visit will hurt sales during one of the busiest weeks of the year.

President Obama arrived for a nine-day visit on Martha’s Vineyard last Saturday. The first family is staying at a private home off South Road in Chilmark. Because of security concerns, South Road is closed between Meeting House Road and Wooton Bassett Road until August 18.

Speaking From Chilmark, President Condemns Egyptian Violence

In a statement issued Thursday morning from Chilmark, President Obama condemned the continuing violence in Egypt and announced that the United States will cancel joint military exercises with the Egyptian government.

“The Egyptian people deserve better than what we’ve seen over the last several days,” the president said, speaking at a morning briefing for the traveling press pool outside the vacation home he is renting off South Road.

Crisis in Egypt Casts Shadow Across Presidential Vacation

World news intruded on President Obama’s Vineyard vacation Wednesday, with briefings for the press and the president on unfolding violence in Egypt. “The United States strongly condemns the use of violence against protesters in Egypt,” principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said.

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