Wheels Up to Cape Cod, First Family's Vacation Comes to an End

11 months 1 week ago

After a quiet final day of vacation on Martha's Vineyard, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia departed from Martha's Vineyard Airport via Marine One helicopter just before 9 p.m.

The family will travel to Cape Cod via helicopter, where they will then board Air Force One for the flight back to Washington, D.C.

 Tomorrow, it's back to work. 


Once More to the Golf Course

11 months 1 week ago

After a quiet morning, President Obama is back on the golf course. This is his sixth golf game, and the last of his vacation, which ends today. 

The presidential motorcade left Chilmark at 12:19 p.m., passing two women holding signs and waving, and a sign reading "Thank you Mr. President, keep up the good fight! From the Ambulos family." Onlookers gathered outside of Alley's General Store as the motorcade passed by.

President Obama arrived at the private Vineyard Golf Club at 12:33 p.m. He is joined by  World Bank president Jim Kim, staffer Mike Brush and lawyer Eunu Chun.

The first two have hit the links with the president already this week

First Lady Flair

11 months 1 week ago

The first ladies' likeness were spotted in Vineyard Haven, at the Lorraine Parrish boutique on State Road. With President Obama and his family set to depart this evening, we will soon bid goodbye to the welcoming kitch, including roadside signs and presidential promotions. 

Did you spot a piece of Obama-mania on Martha's Vineyard this week? Send in your photo to news@mvgazette.com

Onlookers Gather in Edgartown

11 months 1 week ago

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.

--Sara Brown

After Beach, Back to the Links

11 months 1 week ago

After spending a few hours on the beach, it’s back to the golf course for President Obama. The president spent part of the morning with his family at a private beach off Pohogonot Road and then headed to Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, arriving at about 12:45 p.m.

The first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha stayed at the beach.

The president’s golfing partners today are U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Glenn Hutchins and Larry David, according to the White House. There was not word about what the rest of his family is doing this afternoon. The latter two have deep Vineyard routes.

Mr. Hutchins, a private equity investor, is chairman of the board of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard. The institute’s annual forum on the Vineyard, hosted by Henry Louis (Skip) Gates Jr., has been named in his honor.

Mr. David, co-creator of Seinfeld and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm, is also a seasonal resident. He starred in the HBO movie Clear History , which aired last week. Large parts of the movie take place on the Vineyard, though the movie wasn’t filmed here. This is Mr. Obama’s fifth round of golf since he arrived last Saturday.

The family is scheduled to depart on Sunday

--Sara Brown

Beach Day at Last

11 months 1 week ago

As their Vineyard vacation draws to a close, the Obamas finally hit the beach Saturday.

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.

The morning at the beach follows a late night in Oak Bluffs, where the family watched the annual fireworks show from Valerie Jarrett’s North Bluff rental home. The Obamas arrived back at their Chilmark rental home just after midnight.


--Sara Brown

Fireworks Fit for the President

11 months 1 week ago

President Obama’s Vineyard vacation has been the buzz on the Island this week, but on Friday night focus shifted to the skies above Nantucket Sound for the annual Oak Bluffs fireworks show.

The spectators included the first family. President Obama, Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia watched the fireworks show from Valerie Jarrett’s Oak Bluffs rental home on Sea View avenue extension. The Obamas arrived at the house just after 6 p.m. (after the motorcade sailed through the roundabout) and secret service was fanned out across the lawn of the home.

The family has watched the fireworks show from Ms. Jarrett’s home during other visits to the Island.

The fireworks are always a big draw, but the president’s presence added some extra buzz in Oak Bluffs--and drew some attention away from the pyrotechnic show. A large group gathered at a security blockade at the corner of Sea View avenue extension, hoping to see the president.

“Maybe they’ll have an Obama firework,” one spectator said.

-Sara Brown and Remy Tumin

Dinner in Oak Bluffs

11 months 1 week ago

The First Family is having dinner with friend Valerie Jarrett. The presidential motorcade stopped on Sea View Avenue extension, near the Lookout Tavern in Oak Bluffs. The house looks out on the harbor and is located near Ocean Park, where a fireworks display will be held tonight.

Family Bike Outing

11 months 1 week ago

The day after the Obama daughters arrived on the Vineyard to join their parents for a vacation, the family is spending the morning together with a bike ride through the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest in West Tisbury. President Obama, the first lady, and daughters Sasha and Malia were seen zipping along the bike path around 11 a.m. Friday. Michelle Obama and Sasha appeared first, moving at a fast clip, while the president and Malia trailed behind at a bit at a slower pace. The president exchanged pleasantries with the press, saying “Hey guys. Nice day, huh?” A reporter asked “How’s it going?” and “Having a good time?” “Having a great time, as always,” the president responded. They family was followed by Secret Service agents on bikes, and suburbans in the motorcade followed them on the trail.

Obama Daughters Join Vineyard Vacation

11 months 2 weeks ago

The Obama daughters arrived on the Vineyard Thursday afternoon to spend the rest of the week on the Island with their parents, the White House said. Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12, will join the president and the first lady at the Chilmark home they are renting for the week. As they made their way to the home, they likely passed a red and blue sign reading “Sasha/Malia 2016” that was placed on South Road. The weekend forecast calls for sun and temperatures in the mid-70s. — Sara Brown