President Obama's 2014 Visit

Back to the Golf Course

President Obama spent the morning at his rented home in Chilmark. This afternoon, it's back to the golf course.

The presidential motorcade arrived at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown just before 1 p.m. The president is golfing today with friend Eric Whitaker, Cyrus Walker and former ambassador Ron Kirk.

According to the White House, President Obama spoke by phone earlier with Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper about the situation in Iraq.

Monday night, the White House released a statement from the president about the death of actor Robin Williams:

"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."

Vineyard Couldn't Be Nicer, Mr. Obama Declares

He’s happy to be on the Vineyard although being from Hawaii, he finds the water a bit cold, President Obama told a small gathering of Democratic supporters on Monday evening.

“It’s really wonderful to be at Martha’s Vineyard,” Mr. Obama said. “And Michelle and the girls are having a wonderful time. And we were hanging out with some seals this afternoon who came by and said hello . . . It couldn’t have been nicer.”

The remarks framed the opener for a Democratic Senate Campaign Committee fundraising event held at the Vineyard Haven home of Berklee College of Music president Roger Brown and his wife Linda Mason.

Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey attended, along with Colorado Sen. Michael Bennett.

Beach Day

Like many other Vineyard vacationers, the First Family is spending the afternoon at the beach.

Just after 1 p.m., the Obamas arrived at a private south shore beach off Pohogonot Road in Edgartown. The exact location of the beach is not being disclosed, but it is a good afternoon for a beach trip, with clear skies and the temperature at 75 degrees. 

According to the White House, this morning President Obama spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Mixing Down Time With Fundraising

The president will attend a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee later on Monday at a private home in Vineyard Haven. There will be print press coverage of his remarks.

Quiet Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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.