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Obamas to Vacation Once Again on Martha’s Vineyard

The Obamas are headed back to Martha’s Vineyard this August for vacation. The ritzy island was also the summer destination of choice for Bill Clinton. From capecodtoday:

President Barack Obama and his family will spend their summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard again this summer.

He was here last summer, and he was also here in 2009, when the weather blew rather badly. he just missed a weak tropical storm. He’s 1-1, weather-wise, on his Vineyard vacations. The video is from his 2009 visit.

The First Fam keep their vacation plans pretty close to the vest for security reasons, but people in the Know tell me it’s coughcoughAugustcough.

Those same people tell me that he’ll be in Chilmark, again enjoying the 28 acre Blue Heron Farm.

Thanks to one of our readers, Mark Walker, for spotting this.

We Are Golfing Again

OK, enough of reading books and board games. Obama is back on the links.

The weather has forced President Obama to pad around the house in his socks at his Martha’s Vineyard retreat and pretend he likes being a homebody. But, with a heroic effort that should make him the idol of weekend warriors everywhere, the president has managed to somehow squeeze in four rounds of golf during his vacation, which began last Thursday afternoon. Two more days to go, and my bet is there is more golfing to do.

From the pool report.

At 1:45pm, pool escorted over to Farm Neck’s first fairway to watch POTUS group finish up the hole. (The course is 18 holes and in Oak Bluffs.) POTUS playing with Marvin Nicholson, WH trip director; Eric Whitaker, POTUS pal; and Cyrus Walker, also described as a friend of POTUS.

As pool stood about 175 yards from green, Nicholson drained a put and got a fist-bump from POTUS, who is in khaki pants and a blue polo shirt. That was the only real action. Pool holding near clubhouse.

Enjoy Your Vacation, Mr. President

And no, that’s not meant to be snarky.

Obama leaves today on a ten day trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Now, it’s fair game to quibble with some of the PLACES Obama vacations. Mahthah’s Vinyahd and Hawaii just don’t look right to some people, though of course the president is FROM Hawaii. And the constant weekend golf excursions are a little much.

But this president is not over-vacationed. Especially compared to his predecessor.

Obama driving a Chevy Volt during his trip to Martha's Vineyard last year.

The most recent reliable tally I’ve seen is by Mark Knoller of CBS News, who keeps close tabs on various White House stats. According to Knoller, who wrote just as the Obama’s were leaving for Hawaii at Christmastime 2009, Obama by the end of the year would have taken about 20 days worth of vacation.

By comparison, Bush took about 73 days during his first year, almost all of it at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. After getting a thorough shellacking for it, the Bush White House in subsequent years tried to portray his all-of-August vacations as nothing more than a movement of the White House from Washington to Crawford. They even forced him to interrupt his vacation by heading out for a few events during the month.

Which just reminds us that the Obama people didn’t invent egregious spin.

Obama's summer reading list on the Vineyard, 2009

This will be the first extended relaxation Obama has had since the Hawaii trip. The fact is, despite the extraordinary stress of his job, Obama is not taking much more vacation time than the average working stiff. You could argue he needs to be taking more.

Whether you like Obama or think he is Mephistopheles in a suit, he is the leader of the country and will be making life or death decisions for all of us for the next two and a half years, at least. He needs to rest and recharge.

And so does Michelle. Did you see all that walking she did on the Spanish Riviera last month? She has to be tired.

Okay, maybe not Michelle so much.

And of course, the president is never really resting. He gets national security briefings every day. Imagine if you had to hear about the latest efforts to destroy the United States just before heading out to peruse that paperback on the beach?

So go ahead, Mr. President, enjoy the island, eat a lobster, go sailing, hang out with other rich people, and PLAY GOLF. Take all the mulligans you want. It’s your vacation.