Off to the Vineyard Golf Club

Under grey skies and scattered showers, the presidential motorcade headed down-Island at 11:50 a.m, arriving at the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown just after noon. The White House pool reporters did not see the president or first lady.

The motorcade passed a very wet biker on South Road and a runner paused in front of the Grey Barn Farm and Dairy to let the motorcade pass. Greeters waived on the porch of Alley's General Store.

The White House announced this morning that the president received his daily briefing from National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice.

Dinner in Oak Bluffs

After a long, relatively quiet day on the golf course, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made their way to Oak Bluffs for a dinner with friends at the Sweet Life on Circuit Avenue. A favorite restaurant of the Obamas while vacationing on-Island, they have dined their at least three times before during previous trips. 

Teeing Off

Gazette reader Alan Hobart sent this shot from Farm Neck where the president is playing golf today, a sparkling, blue-sky Sunday afternoon.

On the Links at Farm Neck

President Obama began the first full day of his Martha's Vineyard vacation Sunday with one of his favorite Vineyard pastimes: a round of golf.

The president was golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs early Sunday afternoon with aide Marvin Nicholson, former UBS chairman Robert Wolf and White House chef Sam Kass.

The president wore a white shirt and khaki shorts. As he chipped the ball up the green, he overshot by about 15 feet, and his first putt was a miss as well. He is pictured at left heading to the 10th tee.

The president and first lady, along with the Obamas' dog, Bo, arrived on the Vineyard on Saturday afternoon. The Obama daughters were not with their parents, and it is not clear if they have arrived on the Vineyard.

 

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Golfing at Farm Neck

After quiet Sunday morning, President Obama departed his Chilmark rental house at approximately 11:15 a.m. en route to the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs. The motorcade arrived at the golf course at 11:35 a.m. His golfing partners are not yet known.

Well-Wishers at Alley's Greet Motorcade

A large crowd gathered at Alley's General Store in West Tisbury to take pictures and wave on the presidential motorcade as it passed late Saturday afternoon carrying President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Chantel Kelly of Deering, N.H., was one. Tight security was evident with Secret Service using dogs to check parked cars. But the mood was upbeat as another presidential Vineyard vacation began.

First Family Arrives

President Obama arrived on the Vineyard late Saturday to begin an eight-day vacation with his family. Marine One touched down at the Martha's Vineyard Airport just before 4 p.m. A small crowd of Islanders gathered at Alley's General Store, where Secret Service were checking cars with labrador retrievers. Smart phone cameras were pointed and ready for the Presidential motorcade.

First Family on the Way

It was wheels up to the Vineyard on Air Force One from Orlando, Fla. just after lunchtime Saturday for the President and First Lady.

Mr. Obama addressed a convention of disabled American veterans at the Orlando Hilton Saturday morning.

Press secretary Jay Carney said the president "is looking forward very much to some downtime with his family" and planned to see some friends. There were hints of an outing to a book store for vacation reading.

In photo at left, onlookers await arrival at Martha's Vineyard Airport.

 

Familiar Signs of a Presidential Vacation

With President Obama set to arrive tomorrow, some have rolled out the welcome signs. Can lids bearing the name OBAMA are once again affixed to a fence in front of a home on Old County Road in West Tisbury, as they have for the president's past three vacations on Martha's Vineyard. 

During those past vacations, signs welcoming the president have appeared in all areas of the Island. Other roadside signs have voiced disapproval with the president, while still others have urged President Obama to take action on specific issues. Look for more to come when the president touches down for an eight-day stay on Saturday. 

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Obama Entourage Arrives

Activity is increasing at the Martha's Vineyard Airport in advance of President Obama and the First Family's scheduled eight-day vacation on the Island. Alan Hobart shares this photo of the president's entourage arriving at the Martha's Vineyard Airport Friday. "There were a lot of black Suburbans . . . a lot," he said. Also, that plane looks a bit larger than the normal Cape Air models.

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