Obama, Clinton expected to see each other on Vineyard

This combination of file photos shows Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton(L) and US President Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton may have distanced herself from President Obama's foreign policy, but he doesn't seem to have taken it personally: the two are due to attend the same soiree on Martha's Vineyard on August 13, 2014. The White House told AFP both the US leader and his wife Michelle were "very much looking forward to the occasion and seeing former Secretary Clinton." The First Family is spending their summer vacation on the swanky Massachusetts resort island. Clinton, meanwhile, will be there for a signing of her memoir "Hard Choices." AFP PHOTO / FILES / -/AFP/Getty Images
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Hillary Clintonand President Barack Obama.

During past visits to Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama has stopped into Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven to pick up a few volumes for the first family’s vacation. His purchases have included Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom” and “The Red Pony” by John Steinbeck.

But something tells us Obama will be steering clear of the bookstore Wednesday. Why? Because former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be there signing copies of her latest book, and she may not be the president’s favorite person at the moment.

In an interview published over the weekend, Clinton seemed to question some of Obama’s decisions related to Syria, and took a not so veiled jab at the administration’s overall foreign policy approach, which is “Don’t do stupid stuff.”


But the two will find themselves in the same place at the same time if, as expected, Obama attends what’s being described as a “social gathering” at the home of Vernon Jordan, a longtime DC power broker who’s friends with both families. The LA Times reports that Clinton has already RSVP’d her intention to attend Wednesday’s get-together.

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In the meantime, Obama is staying busy on the golf course. Saturday and Sunday, the president played at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs — one of his guests Saturday was former Celtic Ray Allen — and Tuesday he hit the links at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown. Monday, he took a break from the bogeys and took the family to a private beach near Pohogonot Farm in Edgartown.

At a fund-raiser Tuesday night at the home of Berklee College of Music president Roger Brown and wife Linda, Obama, a native of Hawaii, complained about the water temperature, telling the crowd the Atlantic Ocean was “still a little cold.”

The fund-raiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was a pricey affair, with tickets ranging from $15,000 to $32,400. We’re told there were about 35 paying guests, and the crowd included Senator Ed Markey and his wife, Susan Blumenthal; Taunton native David Simas, the director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach; Jacqueline Bennett, clothing designer and CEO of Bennett & Co. of Newburyport; philanthropist Barbara Lee; Northampton lawyer Tom Lesser; Colorado Senator Michael Bennet and his wife, natural resources lawyer Susan Daggett; Tackk CEO Christopher Celeste and wife Nancy Kramer; and former White House counsel Greg Craig.

Tuesday night, Obama and his wife ventured out to eat, leaving their Chilmark rental to dine at The Sweet Life Cafe in Oak Bluffs.