White House says Obamas will vacation on Martha’s Vineyard


President Obama and his family will return to Martha’s Vineyard for vacation, the White House confirmed on Friday.

A White House official confirmed the President and the First Lady will travel to Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday, August 10. They will remain on the Vineyard until Sunday, August 18, when they will return to Washington, D.C. The White House said there are no public events scheduled at this time.

The official announcement confirmed the rumors that have swirled around the Island for months. On an Island where word gets around, it was no secret that the Secret Service had begun laying the groundwork for the return of the First Family.

Houses were rented, inquiries were made and there was talk — plenty of it — about where the president intends to stay now that he has lost his favored rental to a wealthy Englishman.

Mr. Obama and his family have vacationed on the Island every year since his 2008 election with the exception of 2012, when he was campaigning for re-election.

In 2009, 2010, and 2011, the First Family rented Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, a 28.5-acre compound on Tisbury Great Pond. The house was sold in December 2011 to architect Lord Norman Foster and his wife, Lady Elena Foster, of Thames Bank in Great Britain under the name of a holding corporation.

There was speculation in the mainland press that the President and his family would rent a house on Farm Neck golf course in Oak Bluffs. But those familiar with presidential Island preparations said it will likely be another isolated house along the Island’s south shore that affords the utmost privacy. Meanwhile, there is no official word from the White House.

If past presidential vacations provide any hint of future performance, the Obamas will continue to do what many vacationing families do on Martha’s Vineyard. Go to the beach while dad plays golf, bike, hike, and enjoy dinner with friends.

The Obama vacation falls during one of the busiest times of the summer. In addition to the annual Agricultural Fair, the Oak Bluffs fireworks and Campground Illumination night, the Boston Globe reports that Harry Belafonte will be performing at an invitation only event at Dreamland theater in Oak Bluffs on August 12, an event that’s being organized by Charles Ogletree, Obama’s former professor at Harvard Law School.