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Slices and Smiles

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Wendy Naughton shares this photo of President Obama taking to the links at the Vineyard Golf Club on Wednesday. Mr. Obama spent more than five hours on the course with golfing partners (from left) former US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts and World Bank president Jim Kim.

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Briefing on Egypt, Another Round of Golf

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President Obama was back on the golf course Wednesday, his third golf outing so far during his Vineyard vacation. The president headed to Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown at about 11 a.m. His golfing partners for the day are former U.S. Trade representative Ron Kirk, World Bank president Jim Kim and Comcast chief executive officer Brian Roberts, who owns a home in West Tisbury. Around the same time President Obama hit the links, principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest held a press briefing at Vineyard Square Hotel. He began with a statement about events in Egypt. “The United States strongly condemns the use of violence against protesters in Egypt,” the deputy press secretary said. “We also strongly oppose a return to a state of emergency law, and call on the government to respect basic human rights such as freedom of peaceful assembly, and due process under the law. The world is watching what is happening in Cairo.” Mr. Earnest said the president is being briefed about the situation during his trip. “He is closely monitoring what is happening,” Mr. Earnest said. — Sara Brown

Obamas Dine at Beach Plum Inn

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It's date night in Chilmark, as President Obama and the first lady went out to dinner at the Beach Plum restaurant.

The Obamas arrived at the inn and restaurant overlooking Menemsha harbor at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Obama wore a blue tunic and white pants, the president a long-sleeved button down shirt and dark trousers.

They chatted with people for a few minutes in the lounge area of the restaurant before being seated. A pink dahlia graced their table.

Kids colored with crayons on the long center communal table at the restaurant run by Chris Fischer, the Chilmark native and young celebrity chef on the Vineyard this summer. The staff found out about their special dinner guests about an hour before the arrival. Bob and Sarah Nixon are the owners of the Beach Plum.

The menu changes daily. Tuesday's menu included Menemsha mussels, black sea bass with eggplant and chick peas and pork shoulder for two with great northern beans. Food comes directly from Mr. Fischer's family-owned Beetlebung Farm.

“I saw Obama!” one little girl said as she left the restaurant.


 — Remy Tumin and Sara Brown



Date Night in Menemsha

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Obamas dining alone at Beach Plum Inn in Menemsha Tuesday night.


— Remy Tumin

First Fried Food, Then a Workout

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After a take-out lunch from Nancy’s, it’s time for a presidential workout.
The president ate fried shrimp, fried oysters, onion rings and french fries at senior advisor Valerie Jarrett’s East Chop home.
At 2:17 p.m., the motorcade passed an excited crowd of bystanders on the way to the Oak Bluffs School for a basketball game.
On this rainy day, President Obama is shooting hoops with friend Eric Whitaker, aide Marvin Nicholson, chef Sam Kass and “other staff,” according to the White House.

-Sara Brown

Familiar Fried Food Stop

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After a quiet, rainy morning, President Obama departed from his rental house in Chilmark en route to a now familiar destination: Nancy's Snack Bar in Oak Bluffs. The president has paid visits to the Oak Bluffs restaurant on each of his previous three vacations.

President Obama shook hands with and greeted approximately 40 people who had gathered outside the restaurant. Dozens more people crowded the windows of the upstairs restaurant, taking photographs with their smartphones and waving as the president went to pick up his order of fried seafood.

The motorcade then traveled to the nearby Oak Bluffs home of Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor and longtime friend of the president.

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D.C. Security, Chilmark Style

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Government plates, high-tech security vehicles, an ambulance . . . and a tractor? That was the scene at a security checkpoint Monday, set up in a pastoral field near the Obamas' rental home. You can take the leader of the free world out of D.C., but don't even think of removing a tractor from Chilmark.

Cocktails with Campaign Advisor

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After another afternoon on the golf course, the president headed to a cocktail party with the first lady Monday evening.

The president spent about five hours at Vineyard Golf Club Monday afternoon, despite several rain showers. Just before 6 p.m., the president and first lady left their Chilmark rental home to go to a cocktail party at the West Tisbury home of campaign advisor Broderick Johnson and former NPR host Michele Norris Johnson.

-Sara Brown

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Frosty Reception

11 months 3 weeks ago

All types make their way to Martha's Vineyard in the summertime, but rarely do we glimpse a polar bear.

Frostpaw the polar bear — or a man dressed up in a furry white costume who goes by that name — is on Island this week to protest the Keystone XL pipeline and encourage President Barack Obama not to sign off on the pipeline’s creation.

The bear has made appearances at the Gay Head Cliffs and the Chilmark Road Race, on downtown streets, even at a Farm Institute talk with food writer Michael Pollan. (Frostpaw drew a connection between tar sands oil and junk food for the planet.) On Monday afternoon, he showed up outside the Gazette office in Edgartown with Catherine Kilduff, staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity. Ms. Kilduff is a summer resident and helped coordinate Frostpaw’s visit.

She said the trip had been planned prior to the announcement of President Obama’s arrival.

“It was lucky timing,” she said.

“It’s been overly positive. People like polar bears,” said Frostpaw. 

Hope and Weather Change

11 months 3 weeks ago

Demonstrating that he's either an eternal optimist, or that he has access to better weather forecasting than the general public, President Obama headed out in the midst of a rainy Monday morning to play golf at the Vineyard Golf Course in Edgartown.

Shortly after arriving at the private club, the rainy weather subsided, giving way to the first glimpse of sunshine that day.

The president's golf partners include longtime seasonal visitor and regular golf partner Vernon Jordan, Ambassador Ron Kirk, and Allison Davis, a Chicago developer and attorney.

The president last played at the Vineyard Golf Club in 2011. The club features the only organic golf course in the country, and has a sustainable maintenance program that does not include pesticides.