President Obama Sunday played golf yet again, bringing his tally to six outings during a total of seven full days he was on Martha’s Vineyard.
Obama and his family ended their vacation Sunday night, opting for a late checkout from their vacation rental home and not getting back to the White House until 11:00 pm.
Obama did little on vacation other than play golf. After his daughters arrived Thursday he spent one morning biking and and another at the beach, but other than that he was on the golf course.
The president played Sunday with World Bank President Jim Kim, White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, and Mike Brush, another White House aide and a regular Obama golf partner. At some point during the outing Earnest dropped out and attorney Eunu Chun, a major Obama fundraiser, joined the group.
It’s the president’s 29th time playing this year and his 140th round since Inauguration Day 2009.
President Obama and his family had dinner last night with Obama’s closest advisor, Valerie Jarrett, who has her own place on Martha’s Vineyard. From the pool reports:
POTUS’s motorcade was on the move from his vacation rental at 5:48pm.
From WH: “The First Family is having dinner at Valerie Jarrett’s House.”
Motorcade arrived at Ms. Jarrett’s house at 6:11pm. Pool was held in vans as POTUS, FLOTUS, Sasha and Malia entered the house. Cheers erupted among the crowds of people who were gathered at homes nearby; people who could see POTUS while pool was held a couple homes away trying to catch a glimpse from through the van windows.
The house is traditional Vineyard style with cedar shingles and a front porch. It faces the water. Secret Service agents were fanned out across the lawn. Marvin Nicholson was standing on the porch with some other aides. Unclear how long POTUS will be there. Oak Bluffs has fireworks tonight. Pool is heading to a nearby restaurant to hold . . .
Pool has been holding near Valerie Jarrett’s place after having dinner nearby. At 9pm the fireworks show started and went on until the grand finale at about 9:45pm.
We’re told POTUS, FLOTUS and their daughters watched the fireworks but pool did not see them. There was going to be a photo-op but that got nixed.
Pool continued to hold. Motorcade is rolling at 11:44pm. No sight of POTUS.
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