Obama family wraps up Martha's Vineyard vacation
Photo by Nancy Lane/Boston Herald
Updated 9:15 am Monday August, 19, 2013
President Obama and his family left Martha's Vineyard Sunday evening, after a low key eight day vacation that included familiar Island activities, including the beach, dining out, fireworks, and lots and lots of golf.
The president and his family lifted off aboard Marine One from Martha's Vineyard Airport at about 9 pm, for the short flight to Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.
From there, the family boarded Air Force One for the flight to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, and was back at the White House by 11 pm.
On his last day of vacation, the president squeezed in another round of golf, his sixth outing on the links of this vacation.
He played Sunday at the Vineyard Golf Club. Joining the president were Jim Kim, president of the World Bank, Mike Brush, White House advance team leader, and Josh Earnest, White House principal deputy press secretary, according to the White House. During the round, Mr. Earnest dropped out, and Eunu Chun, a New York attorney and political fund raiser joined the foursome.
On Saturday the first family spent the morning at a private beach on the south shore of the Island.
After 2.5 hours at the shoreline, the president left to play golf, while first lady Michelle Obama remained at the beach with the couple's children Sasha and Malia, according to the White House.
President Obama arrived at the Farm Neck Golf Club at 12:43 pm, according to pool reports, and played in a foursome that included Ron Kirk, former U.S. trade representative, Glen Hutchins, a businessman and part owner of the Boston Celtics, and Larry David, a familiar Island seasonal resident. Mr. David is a comedy writer and actor who stars in the decidedly politically un-correct HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
The president left the course at 5:42 pm, and returned to his vacation home in Chilmark.
Shortly after 7 pm, the first family was on the move again, traveling to Edgartown to dine at the Boathouse Club, a private club overlooking Edgartown Harbor.
Large and excited crowds lined both sides of Main Street as the president arrived, and again as he left about 9:30, according to pool reporters.
Throughout the day Saturday, the White House kept pool reporters out of sight of the president.