Quiet Sunday

1 week 4 days ago

President Obama spent the second day of his vacation much like the first: at home in Chilmark and on the golf course in Oak Bluffs. After a morning at his rented home overlooking the north shore in Chilmark, early Sunday afternoon Mr. Obama headed to back Farm Neck Golf Club. By just after 7 p.m. he was home again and in for the night. Gazette photographer Ray Ewing caught the presidential motorcade zipping up the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road, carrying the president back to Chilmark.

Back to Farm Neck

1 week 4 days ago

On day two of his Vineyard vacation, President Obama apparently spent a quiet morning at his rented Chilmark home before heading back to the golf course. The presidential motorcade arrived at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs at about 1:35 p.m.

President Obama is golfing with sportscaster Ahmad Rashad and Cyrus Walker, both of whom also joined the president on the green yesterday. Today Robert Wolf, a former UBS executive, completes the foursome.

Day One, Golf at Farm Neck

1 week 4 days ago

President Obama began his Vineyard vacation Saturday with a quick stop at his rented Chilmark home and then headed out for his favorite pastime at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs. The outing on the links stretched into early evening on a spectacular August day. Boston Globe photographer Jonathan Wiggs caught the president having a good laugh.

Back to the House

1 week 5 days ago

After spending about four and a half hours on the golf course at Farm Neck, President Obama headed back to Chilmark, where he will remain for the rest of the day.

Earlier, the press pool got a brief glimpse of the president golfing with sportscaster Ahmad Rashad, basketball player Ray Allen, and Cyrus Walker, the cousin of senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

President Obama wore a white golf shirt, gray pants and a baseball cap. As the foursome wrapped up the first hole, the president carefully lined up a short putt.

Deer and geese were spotted in Chilmark fields as the motorcade traveled back to Chilmark. The Obamas will have a wonderful view of the sun setting over Vineyard Sound and the Elizabeth Islands.

Wheels Down, Time for Golf

1 week 5 days ago

Shortly after his arrival on the Vineyard Saturday, the president was busy with one of his favorite Vineyard pastimes, golf. By 2:30 Saturday afternoon, President Obama was at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs. The golf club, which overlook Sengekontacket Pond, was President Obama's first golf destination during his 2013 Vineyard vacation as well. The president's golfing companions Saturday included sportscaster and former football player Ahmad Rashad and basketball player Ray Allen. Mr. Allen, a former Celtic, is a frequent Vineyard visitor who participated in the 2008 Edgartown Fourth of July parade.

Almost Here

1 week 5 days ago

Air Force One, which was carrying the president, first lady and Malia, has landed at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station. The first family has boarded Marine One and is en route to Martha's Vineyard Airport.

First Family En Route to the Vineyard

1 week 5 days ago

President Obama and his family are on their way to the Island. The President, First Lady and daughter Malia boarded Air Force One just after 11:15 a.m. Saturday. The First Dogs are also on board. At the Vineyard airport just before noon a large police and security entourage was assembled on the tarmac on a sparkling August day, awaiting the president's arrival. An outdoor blackboard at Alley's General Store said "A Mermaid for Michelle.". Elsewhere, it was summer normal, with Islanders going about their Saturday business.

President Obama to Arrive Saturday

1 week 6 days ago

The signs are evident around the Island: Secret Service agents at restaurants, those loud military helicopters and airplanes flying overhead, the small motorcade of vehicles headed Up-Island Friday afternoon.

President Obama is scheduled to arrive Saturday for a summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard. This will be the fifth time the first family has vacationed on the Island during President Obama's presidency.

According to the White House, President Obama will leave the White House at about 11 a.m. He is scheduled to arrive at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station just after noon, and then will arrive at Martha's Vineyard Airport just before 1 p.m.

He will attend a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser in Vineyard Haven on Monday, and he will be briefly departing the Island on Sunday, August 17 for White House meetings, returning to the Island Tuesday, August 19. He is scheduled to depart again for Washington D.C. on Sunday, August 24.

The White House released no other information about his schedule while on the Island.

The Obamas will be renting a Chilmark home off North Road. In the past, President Obama, the first lady, and their daughters have spent the vacation visiting friends and favorite restaurants, going on a bike ride at the state forest and visiting the beach. President Obama usually pays several visits to Island golf courses.

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