Patrick had dinner with vacationing president

Gov. Deval Patrick introduced President Barack Obama during a fundraiser stop in Boston in 2011.
Gov. Deval Patrick introduced President Barack Obama during a fundraiser stop in Boston in 2011.

MARTHA’S VINEYARD -- President and Michelle Obama took time from their Vineyard vacation Wednesday to share a meal with Governor Deval Patrick, a longtime friend of the president.

The first couple and the governor had dinner at State Road restaurant, a tavern in West Tisbury, a senior administration official said.

Patrick and Obama go back to the latter’s Chicago days, when Patrick, a Chicago native, was working in the Clinton Justice Department and Obama as a community organizer.


Obama relishes telling the tale of when he was making an early run for office, Patrick offered to donate the maximum to his campaign, only to be told that Illinois does not cap political contributions.

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They have been close political allies. Patrick was an early backer of Obama’s 2008 campaign and the governor has said he has had conversations with Obama advisers about an administration post, but he has also repeatedly vowed to finish his second term.

Patrick has been a frequent social guest of the Obamas, having been invited to the White House on both of Obama’s inauguration nights.

On Thursday, Obama undertook the more serious task of addressing the ongoing violence in Egypt, announcing that the United States would not partake in a joint military exercises with Egypt scheduled to start next month.

Afterward, Obama, who is staying in Chilmark, repaired to the Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Haven.

Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at James.OSullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.