Obamas spend a quiet day on the Vineyard

President Obama watched his shot at Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Haven on Thursday.
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President Obama watched his shot at Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Haven on Thursday.

As sometimes happens when presidents go on vacation, world events intervened Thursday, forcing President Obama to rearrange his schedule and don a white shirt and blue blazer to address reporters outside his Martha’s Vineyard rental.

But no sooner had Obama made a statement about the turmoil in Egypt than his motorcade was on the move, headed to the nine-hole Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Haven for a round with White House staffers
Marvin Nicholson and Mike Brush, and White House chef Sam Kass.

And that was it, with the president and first lady Michelle Obama spending the rest of the day quietly out of sight with daughters Sasha and
Malia, who arrived on the island Thursday. Tired of staking out golf courses and restaurants for a glimpse of the Obamas, members of the media covering the summer White House were enthused that the game of presidential peek-a-boo was done for the day.


On Wednesday, Obama was uncharacteristically social, attending a reception at the Martha’s Vineyard home of Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and his wife, Aileen. The eclectic crowd there included singer Carly
, California Attorney General Kamala Harris (whom the president recently — and, he said later, regrettably — referred to as “the best-looking attorney general in the country”), AG Eric Holder, “car czar” Steve Rattner, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator Larry David, Liberty Hotel owner Dick Friedman, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Caroline Kennedy, British architect Lord Norman Foster (who is the new owner of the Vineyard home the first family used to rent), and Governor Deval Patrick, with whom the president and first lady dined afterward at State Road.

We’re guessing the president and Patrick had a lot of catching up to do because the Obamas arrived at the West Tisbury restaurant around 7:30 p.m. and did not depart until nearly 11:30 p.m.

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