In a slight departure from routine, the Obama family is dining in Edgartown tonight.
The president, first lady and their daughters are having dinner at The Boathouse, a private club on the Edgartown Harbor. The family arrived at the restaurant at about 7:30 p.m.
At about 8:15 p.m., traffic was backed up driving down Main street—hardly unusual for a summer evening — and the sidewalks and restaurants were full. The foot of Main street right outside the restaurant and part of Dock street were blocked off to traffic, and yellow tape blocked off the area immediately around the restaurant, which is on the second story overlooking the harbor.
There was a strong police presence, with rows of motorcycles, security vehicles, secret service, state police and Edgartown police on hand. Security was sweeping people before they could enter the Atlantic restaurant, which is below The Boathouse.
Curious onlookers gathered in the Dock street parking lot, many eating ice cream, and stared at the restaurant. A few wondered where the president was dining, and some commented that the downtown Edgartown visit was unusual for the president.