Monday Morning at Vineyard Golf Club

2 months 1 week ago

After a late evening out, President Obama headed out Monday morning to Vineyard Golf Club, arriving at the Edgartown course at 11:15 a.m.

The President was joined on the course by Cy Walker, Alonzo Mourning, and Marty Nesbitt. The weather remained warm on the Vineyard with temperatures in the low 80s.

The golf game was over about five hours later, and the motorcade headed back to Chilmark at 4:17 p.m. A few hours later, the President headed back out to speak at a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at the Chilmark home of Hank and Carol Goldberg.

After Midnight

2 months 1 week ago

Sunday was no day of rest for the Presidential entourage. After a morning at home in Chilmark that included a nature walk with his daughter, Mr. Obama ventured out to Farm Neck Golf Club for an afternoon on the links in stilfing heat and humidity. It was one of the hottest days of the summer on the Vineyard, with temperatures in the low 90s.

The President's golf foursome included Cy Walker, Alonzo Mourning, and Mercer Cook.

Golf over, the President headed back home for dinner.

Hours later, as a nearly full moon cast a silvery glow across an empty North Road, the motorcade was on the move again. The Obamas were headed down Island again, this time to a private party at Lola's in Oak Bluffs. The President and First Lady arrived at the Southern seafood restaurant on Beach Road well after 11 p.m. and they returned home at about 12:40 a.m., well after midnight.

Dinner at Red Cat

2 months 2 weeks ago

The First Family spent Saturday night out in Oak Bluffs, where they dined at the Red Cat Kitchen on Kennebec avenue. The presidential motorcade arrived in the downtown area at 8:39 p.m.

The restaurant is described as "soulful cuisine with a relaxed atmosphere." Chef and owner Ben deForest's menu Saturday included grilled ginger locally-caught wahoo with summer farms vegetable succotash, backyard grass-fed New York, strip, and locally-caught striped bass.

Baker Erica McCarron's dessert menu for the Obamas, which she posted on Instagram, included chocolate cupcakes with balsamic caviar filled strawberries, berry cobbler a la mode with cinnamon and sugar puff pastry stars, Mocha Hennessy cake with ice cream and Mocha Motts espresso, and butterscotch banana split waffles with Nutella sauce and cherry vanilla whip.

The Obamas headed back to Chilmark at about 10 p.m. 


Beach Afternoon and a Visit with Friends

2 months 2 weeks ago

The First Family, like many on the Island, headed to the beach on Saturday, a hot and humid day on Martha's Vineyard.

The Obamas arrived at a private beach off Pohogonot Road in Edgartown just before 1 p.m, and departed about four hours later.

Later Saturday evening the President and Mrs. Obama traveled to Edgartown for the third night in a row. At 7:17 p.m. the Obamas arrived at the home of Glenn Hutchins off Katama Road.

Mr. Hutchins is an investor and often joins the President for golf on the Vineyard. He also donated $15 million to endow the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard. The center's annual forum on the Vineyard, led by Professor Henry Louis (Skip) Gates Jr.,  takes place this Thursday at the Whaling Church in Edgartown; the topic is Race and the Race to the White House.



Another Evening in Edgartown

2 months 2 weeks ago

President Obama and the First Lady headed back to Edgartown Friday night, paying a visit to friends in Katama and then having dinner at L'etoile in downtown Edgartown.

The Obamas arrived at L'etoile just before 8:30 p.m and departed at about 10:09 p.m. The contemporary French restaurant is on the corner of North Water and Winter streets, a stone's throw from Detente, where the couple ate the previous night.

Chef and owner Michael Brisson has been cooking on the Vineyard for more than 30 years, and has experience cooking for Presidents; he baked President Bill Clinton's 51st birthday cake in the shape of the Edgartown Lighthouse.

Earlier in the evening the first couple visited the home of businessman Robert Wolf and his wife Carol on Slough Cove Road in Katama. 

Mr. Wolf and the President played a round of golf at Farm Neck Golf Club Friday afteernoon with basketball player Chris Paul and his brother C.J.

Mr. Wolf is the former president of UBS Investment Bank. He is now the CEO of 32 Advisors, and a member of the board for the Obama Foundation.


Back to Farm Neck and Summer Reading List

2 months 2 weeks ago

Third time's a charm Friday as President Obama arrived to play golf at Farm Neck Golf Club, his third visit to the Oak Bluffs course since he arrived Saturday.

The President's golf partners on Friday are Los Angeles Clippers player Chris Paul and his brother C.J. Paul and former UBS president Robert Wolf. It is a muggy day with sun and blue sky occassionally visible behind cloud cover.

Yesterday the President shared what he's listening to this summer, and today the White House released what the President is reading. The titles are Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, and Seveneves by Neal Stephenson.

Dinner Out in Edgartown

2 months 2 weeks ago

The President and First Lady headed to Edgartown Thursday night for dinner with friends at Detente in downtown Edgartown. Detente is billed as a modern seasonal kitchen. It is owned by Suzanna and Kevin Crowell, who also own The Sweet Life Cafe in Oak Bluffs, another frequent dinner destination for the Obamas. 

Crowds gathered along Winter street and down to North Water street, which was lined with police and government cars and Secret Service and police officers. 

Earlier in the day, the President spent about five hours playing 18 holes of golf at Mink Meadows Golf Course in Vineyard Haven. 

Thursday Golf at Mink Meadows

2 months 2 weeks ago

President Obama switched up his golf routine a bit Thursday and headed to Mink Meadows, a semi-private nine-hole golf course on West Chop. The motorcade arrived just before 1 p.m.

The President's foursome for the day includes retired basketball player Alonzo Mourning, former Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen, and Cy Walker, a friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett's cousin. The two basketball players also joined the President on the course at Vineyard Golf Club on Wednesday; Mr. Walker frequently joins the President for golf rounds on the Vineyard.

Earlier in the day, the President and daughter Malia took a walk near the Chilmark home where they are staying. The President also released his summer playlists on Twitter. A 19-song daytime playlist includes songs by Wale, Jay Z feat. Pharrell, Aloe Blacc, the Beach Boys, and Janelle Monae. A 20-song playlist of songs for the nighttime includes selections from Esperanza Spalding, Chance the Rapper, Fiona Apple, Floetry, and D'Angelo.

Rainy Day at the Golf Course; Evening at Home

2 months 2 weeks ago

A rainy forecast did not deter President Obama from heading to the golf course Wednesday morning. The President arrived at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown around 10:30 a.m.; shortly afterward a light rain shower began.

The President's golf partners Wednesday were retired basketball player Alonzo Mourning, former Celtics star Ray Allen, and investor and seasonal resident Glenn Hutchins.

About five hours later the motorcade headed back to Chilmark, where the President will remain for the rest of the gray day.

The White House announced earlier Wednesday that the President will squeeze in some political business during his two weeks on the Vineyard; Mr. Obama is scheduled to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser next Monday at a private home in Chilmark.

Dinner Out

2 months 2 weeks ago

After a long afternoon at the beach the Obamas headed home, then out again, this time a few miles down North Road to State Road restaurant for dinner with friends. The West Tisbury restaurant owned by Jackson and Mary Kenworth is a favorite presidential stop. The Obamas were back at home in Chilmark by just after 10:30 p.m.


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President Takes a Day Off, First Lady Goes to Lunch

A rare rainy day on the Vineyard Tuesday kept President Obama off the links, but Michelle and her daughters ventured to Edgartown for a ladies’ lunch.

Mrs. Obama, Malia and Sasha arrived at the Atlantic restaurant with a small group of women just after 1 p.m. Overlooking Edgartown harbor, the Atlantic has a full-service seafood oriented menu and does a brisk lunchtime business.

Minutes earlier, a “lid” was declared at the Chilmark home where the Obamas are staying, indicating the President’s intention to remain there for the rest of the day.

Outside the Atlantic, onlookers gathered in the rain as black Secret Service vehicles arrived and Edgartown Police closed the end of Dock Street to traffic. Though the restaurant was filled with patrons, few inside seemed aware of  the First Lady’s imminent arrival. She and her entourage filed in quietly through a side door and into a private dining room as rain poured down outside.

On Monday, President Obama spent the afternoon at the private Vineyard Golf Course for the second golf outing of his vacation. The family spent a quiet evening at home.

After a Quiet Day, Dinner at State Road

After a quiet day at home in Chilmark, the President is out to dinner at State Road restaurant in West Tisbury.

The President and Michelle Obama have dined at the farm to table restaurant in North Tisbury during their past Vineyard vacations. The restaurant's seasonal specials include striped bass and duck confit.

Mr. Obama spent most of the cloudy, windy Sunday at the family's vacation home off North Road in Chilmark. The trip over to State Road at about 7 p.m. was the first outing of the day for the presidential motorcade. 


On First Full Day of Vineyard Vacation, President Hits the Links

President Obama started out his Vineyard vacation Saturday with one of his favorite pastimes, a round of golf.

The President arrived at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs just after 1 p.m. His golfing parters Saturday were actor Larry David, former UBS executive Robert Wolf, and friend Cyrus Walker.

At the first hole, the President's golf ball was sitting at the edge of the green. Mr. Obama, wearing light pants and a light golf shirt with a beige baseball hat, hit the ball with his putter, and as it approached the hole, he leaned back on one leg and raised the other leg, as if willing the ball to fall in the hole — which it did not.

The temperature Saturday was in the high 70s, with a cool breeze and low humidity.

Farm Neck Golf Club appears to be a favorite of Mr. Obama's. During last year's vacation, he played golf there six times.

First Family Arrives on the Vineyard

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha arrived at Martha's Vineyard Airport just before 6:30 p.m. Friday for their sixth Vineyard vacation while in the White House.

In a departure from previous years, the President and Mrs. Obama greeted well-wishers and VIPs at the airport before traveling in the presidential motorcade to their rented vacation home in Chilmark. The President is scheduled to stay on the Vineyard until Sunday, August 23; no public events are scheduled, according to the White House.

At a press briefing earlier Friday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest addressed a question from a member of the media about whether President Obama will cross paths with former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the Vineyard this year, as he did last summer.

"I don’t know precisely what Secretary Clinton’s vacation itinerary will be, but I wouldn’t rule out that they may cross paths," Mr. Earnest said. "If they do, we’ll be in a position to let you know."

Wheels Up for the Vineyard

President Obama and his family are en route to the Vineyard for their 16-day vacation.

The President, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha departed from Andrews Air Force Base aboard Air Force One just before 5 p.m. National Security Advisor Susan Rice and senior advisor Valerie Jarrett are traveling with the family, as are the Obama family pets, Portuguese water dogs Bo and Sunny.

Air Force One will travel to U.S. Coast Guard AIr Station Cape Cod, and the First Family will take the short flight to the Vineyard aboard Marine One. They are expected to arrive on the Vineyard around 6:20 p.m.

Updated Arrival Time

President Obama and family are scheduled to arrive on Martha's Vineyard at about 6:20 p.m. on Friday, the White House said Thursday night.

The First Family's original travel plans had them arriving on the Vineyard for their summer vacation on Saturday. On Wednesday, the White House confirmed that they would be arriving a day earlier than expected.

According to the White House, the family will be departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Air Force One just before 5 p.m., arriving at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station at 6 p.m. The family will take the short trip over to the Vineyard aboard Marine One, landing at Martha's Vineyard Airport.

Presidential Preparations at Martha's Vineyard Airport

For a look at preparations for President Obama's approaching Vineyard vacation, one need only look to the skies.

A steady stream of military planes and helicopters have been landing at the Martha's Vineyard Airport this week, preparing and bringing supplies for the Summer White House to get underway.

Timothy Johnson snapped these pictures of a cargo plane and Bell Boeing V-22 Ospreys landing at the airport Wednesday and Thursday.



Early Arrival

The White House now says President Barack Obama and his family will arrive on the Vineyard on Friday evening, a day earlier than planned.

Preparations have been evident around the Island over the last few weeks, with the appearance of black government vehicles. Local police departments have been working with the White House advance team and the  Secret Service on security measures for the first family's arrival. On Wednesday, U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey and other military helicopters flew in and out of the Martha’s Vineyard Airport.

As they have in past visits, the Obama family will stay in Chilmark. For the second year, they will be staying at a secluded home off North Road with views across Vineyard Sound. The home is owned by Joanne Hubschman.