First Family Arrives to Begin Two-Week Vacation on Island
Sara Brown
The president, first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia landed in Marine One under clear blue skies on a picture-perfect August day. By mid-afternoon the president was out on the links at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs.
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President Obama Arrives Saturday for Fifth Summer Vacation on the Vineyard
Sara Brown

Military helicopters flew over the Island this week as the Vineyard prepared for what is becoming a familiar August event: the arrival Saturday of President Barack Obama for a summer vacation on the Island.

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Summer White House 2014
On Saturday sometime just after noon Marine One will touch down on the tarmac at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport carrying its precious cargo: the president of the United States and his family.
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President Obama Will Return for Island Vacation in August
Sara Brown
President Obama will return to Martha’s Vineyard early next month for a 16-day family vacation, the White House confirmed this week. The Obamas will stay in Chilmark again, but this year in a different home.
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House With a View, Fit for a President
Bill Eville

An energetic Portuguese water dog named Ruby greets all visitors as if they were longtime friends. In the vegetable garden, sugar snap peas are ripe and tasty. But owner Joanne Hubschman’s favorite part of her house is the outdoor shower. And she hopes the Obamas enjoy it.

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With A Few Exceptions, Island Businesses See Bump from Obama Visit
Sara Brown

From mussels for the president to lobster rolls for the press, from publicity to dollars, the economic impact — and the buzz — from President Obama’s Vineyard vacation spread far and wide across the Island.

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President Wraps Up Nine-Day Vacation on Martha's Vineyard
Sara Brown

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters left the Vineyard quietly last Sunday night, departing the Island on Marine One in a steady drizzle. The departure, like most of the president’s visit, was out of the public eye.

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Open Letter to the President

All things taken into account, we’re happy and proud that you chose to spend your week’s vacation on our small Island. Sure, it was disruptive to have South Road blocked off for a week. The gridlock that always grips Oak Bluffs on fireworks day was that much worse for your attendance. The occasional glimpse of armored vehicles and SWAT teams where we expected to see tourists in jeeps and on bikes was nothing short of chilling. And though we didn’t try, it probably was tough to get a tee time last week.

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Embracing the Roadblock from Within
Cristine Russell and Ben Heineman
Chilmark, August 18. It’s almost 
midnight, and lights at the Snail Road house up the hill are still on. But the guests of honor are gone. The 24-hour Secret Service protection is gone.
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President Obama Departs, Martha's Vineyard Vacation Draws to a Close
Sara Brown

President Obama and his family departed from the Vineyard under rainy skies this evening, concluding a quiet nine-day Vineyard vacation for the first family.

Marine One left Martha’s Vineyard Airport just after 9 p.m., and arrived at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station at 9:16 p.m. The president greeted well-wishers there before boarding Air Force One.

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