Last Day Hike

The Obamas are spending their final day of vacation hiking in Chilmark with friends. This year the Obamas have stayed in a rented home off North Road in an area with rolling hills and hiking trails that lead to the rocky shoreline overlooking the Elizabeth islands. The weather Sunday is sunny and summery with a cool breeze off the water. Perfect day for a hike. The First Family leaves tonight to fly back to Washington, D.C.

Vacation Comes to a Quiet Close

President Obama's two-week vacation is coming to a quiet end.

On a day of changeable weather and a hint of fall in the air, President Obama headed back to Farm Neck Golf Course, where he has spent a lot of time over the last two weeks. He spent a little more than five hours on the course, joined by former basketball player Alonzo Mourning, friend Cyrus Walker and aide Joe Paulsen.

Obamas Enjoy Oak Bluffs Fireworks

It always seems like the entire Island comes to Oak Bluffs for the annual August fireworks display. This year that included the Obamas.

The President and First Family joined the crowds that watched the pyrotechnic display above Nantucket Sound Friday night. The Obamas watched the show with senior advisor Valerie Jarrett at the North Bluff home where she is staying.

The additional security for the President blended in with the crowds, street closures and police presence that always accompany the well-attended show.

Addressing Issues, Defending Golf

White House officials continued to condemn the recent murder of American journalist James Foley and defended the President's trips to the golf course during a press briefing Friday afternoon.

Speaking at the Edgartown school cafeteria, which has served as the press filing center during President Obama's visit to the Island, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said the murder of Mr. Foley was a terrorist attack and "an affront, an attack, not just on him...but our country."

Dinner with the Governor

After spending about four hours on the links at Farm Neck, President Obama is back at his rented Chilmark home.

According to the White House, the President and First Lady are dining at the house tonight with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who is a longtime friend of the Obamas. Gazette photographer Timothy Johnson captured Governor Patrick, his wife Diane and Cape Air pilot Dave O'Connor just after landing at the Vineyard airport prior to the dinner engagement.

Thursday Afternoon at Farm Neck

President Obama is back on the golf course for the eighth time during his Vineyard vacation. Farm Neck seems to be his golf course of choice — he is hitting the links at the Oak Bluffs golf club for the fifth time this summer.

According to the White House, the President is joined on the course today by retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning, Cyrus Walker and Preston Heard.

Back on the Island, Back to the Golf Course

After delivering a statement early Wednesday afternoon in Edgartown, President Obama headed to Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, spending about five hours on the links on a sunny afternoon.

This was the President's seventh round of golf during his Vineyard vacation. He was joined on the golf course Wednesday by Cyrus Walker, who is a cousin of Valerie Jarrett, retired basketball player Alonzo Mourning and investor Glenn Hutchins.

President Condemns Murder of Journalist James Foley

Speaking at the Edgartown School early Wednesday afternoon, President Obama condemned the execution of Jim Foley, an American journalist who was abducted in northwest Syria in 2012.

“Today the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley,” the president said during a short statement. “Jim was a journalist, son, brother, and a friend who reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away.”

After Brief Washington Trip, President Back on the Vineyard to Finish Vacation

After two days of meetings in Washington, President Obama arrived back on the Vineyard Tuesday evening.

Marine One touched down at Martha's Vineyard Airport at 6:10 p.m. President Obama, wearing a white shirt and blue jeans, traveled from Washington, D.C., with daughter Malia, who departed the Island with him late Sunday night.

First Lady Michelle Obama apparently remained on the Island, and daughter Sasha was to be joining the family on vacation sometime this week, the White House has said.

Excitement in Edgartown Over President's Visit

Taking the unusual step of interrupting his vacation, President Obama is back at the White House Monday for a series of meetings about issues including Iraq and civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo. He is expected to return to the Vineyard Tuesday.

Before the President left on Marine One late Sunday night, he and the First Lady had an evening out, including a stop at Featherstone Center for the Arts for some outdoor jazz. The couple then went to Atria for dinner, making the first presidential visit to the Edgartown restaurant.

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