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Extra! Extra! Michelle’s Angry Vineyard Exit!

As you are probably aware, President Obama had cut his vacation a day short, returning to Washington Friday. After initially saying Mrs. Obama would stay until Saturday as scheduled, the White House changed it’s mind and said the first lady would indeed be traveling with the president. This got White House Dossier thinking that MAYBE MRS. OBAMA TOOK SOME CONVINCING to end her vacation early.

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Obama Strikes the Right Notes on Irene

President Obama appears to be exercising leadership on Hurricane Irene, making sure the proper authorities have their butts in gear and cutting his vacation short, a decision that allows him both to oversee the response and appear presidential. According to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, Obama conducted conference calls today and yesterday with White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, Department of Homeland Security Secretary

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Obama Returning Early to DC; Michelle Opts to Join Him

updated at 2:40 pm ET President Obama is leaving Martha’s Vineyard today instead of Saturday, undoubtedly hoping to avoid reports that he is lounging on vacation while Hurricane Irene barrels into North Carolina. Mrs. Obama appears to have initially decided to finish out the vacation, according to reports, staying with the couple’s daughters until Saturday at a cost of thousands to taxpayers. But after saying

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Obama to Speak on Hurricane Irene

He’ll appear at 11:30 am Obama Standard Time, which is anywhere from five minutes to an hour later than the actual time zone where President Obama is at the moment. We’ll live stream it here. UPDATE:  Apologies, but I was unable to get video on the website of Obama’s statement, which actually started on time. Obama made a short statement, emphasizing the seriousness of the

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All’s Quiet on the Obama Front

UPDATE at 4:45 pm: The president just went golfing. For those of you playing along at home, it’s the 22nd time this year and the 80th of his presidency. ____________ They’re just hanging out at the house today. No reports of any movements. They’ve hit most of the bases already – trip to the bookstore, biking, the beach, and the golf course. So they’re taking

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The Obamas Go Biking

Updated 11:32 am ET Oh no. This could be bad news. The last time Obama was photographed on a bike in Martha’s Vineyard it looked like this: Look at him. Our enemies are going to attack us. He’s just got to look a little more macho this time. From the White House pool report: The First Family took a leisurely ride Tuesday morning through Manuel

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Top Ten Things Obama Plans to do on Martha’s Vineyard

The president is very well organized when it comes to his vacations. White House Dossier has obtained his private list of “fun things” he intends to do over the next week while on Martha’s Vineyard. We share the top ten of these with you below. 1. Participate in Caribbean vs. Maine lobster races. 2, Get high with John Kerry while listening to Crosby, Stills, Nash

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Golf Again

OK, the man is on vacation. Second time since arriving Thursday night. It’s the 20th round this year and the 78th of his presidency. We’re once again at the Vineyard Golf Club.

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Obamas Hits the Beach But Continues to Work!

Time to soak up some of the new books he bought yesterday and some rays. From the pool report #1: Potus, with a motorcade of approximately two dozen vehicles, buzzed out of Blue Heron Farms in a cloud of dust at 9:48 a.m. for what promises to be a fairly active Sunday. Despite a flurry of international news — Libya, Egypt-Israel and Iran hikers —

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Obama Reading List: “Brave New World” Not On It

There’s a lot of talk about the president of the United States purchasing Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” to read while on vacation, but apparently it was bought for his daughter. The Los Angeles Times reports: It was unclear which books Obama ultimately purchased at Bunch of Grapes, but “Brave New World” was most likely for his 13-year-old daughter, Malia. The book is required reading

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Obamas Share Sacrifice at Pricey Vineyard Restaurant

President and Mrs. Obama are sharing in the sacrifice tonight at the Beach Plum Restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard, which features an array of overpriced selections for the first couple to choose from that could easily bring the bill within range of $200. They might, for example, choose to start the meal with a $15 chunk of pizza cheese – I’m sorry, “Fresh Mozzarella” with “Fresh

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