Planning begins for another Obama vacation

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File photo by Gail Daman

Like the annual return of pinkletinks and crocuses, inns and hotels around the Island are getting familiar calls this week from White House officials planning a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard for President Obama and his family.

Three reliable sources, who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to release information, told The Times that Mr. Obama will return to the Island in August. Two sources said the vacation is scheduled on or about August 9, a week earlier than the first family visited in previous years.

The president brings a large entourage of Secret Service agents, White House staffers, and support personnel, and the White House began arranging for lodging this week, according to the sources.

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.

Last year, the first family stayed in Chilmark, renting a 5,000-square-foot, four-bedroom house valued at $7.6 million just a short distance off South Road. Owned by David M. Schulte, the home has an attached, two-bedroom guesthouse, small basketball court, and water views. It is surrounded by woods.



Comments

  1. Sassenach says:

    I’m so glad this story is inaccurate! *chuckles* Love the fact that Fox News standards appear to apply!
    *sobering significantly* Loathing the fact that security means nothing to the reporter, the same reporter who has his facts wrong.

    1. Bobcedg says:

      I wish it was, but doubt it

  2. LocalOpine says:

    Shame on you MV Times to liken his arrival to that of “pinkletinks”….something so precious and welcomed by Islanders

  3. JamesPi3 says:

    There’s a perfectly good uninhabited island off Gay Head that he could go to!

    1. Fishnuts says:

      Or chappy samething

  4. Mike Hewitt says:

    Ugh…..

  5. jonathan.larch says:

    As much as I despise this traitorous villian, it’s better that he’s on vacation than making policy or issuing executive orders.

  6. KenEsq says:

    Wonderful news!

  7. Fishnuts says:

    Maybe they will close all roads heading up island this time in. I have nothing to do in august.JACKASS

  8. vineyarder76 says:

    I actually like that he comes here. I think it’s good for the island. But I really hope he stays somewhere that won’t require shutting down a major road.

    When he stayed at Blue Heron the only viable security you could see from the road was two cop cars and some agents walking around.

  9. Rich says:

    Great news! Welcome back to the First Family.

  10. Stephen Hopkins says:

    I love Martha’s Vineyard, but the president is a miserable liar (keep your doctor) and a man on perpetual vacation while millions starve and lose their homes to to an economy he has savaged. He is a detached loser that continues to vacation despite global tensions. One of the last times he came to the vineyard, he and his wife came in separate planes…four hours apart…because his wife couldn’t wait! LOL! He and Michelle are the 1%! Phonies and liars! Now michelle is spending millions going to china! Losers! Us the tax payers….

  11. Sandy says:

    Outstanding, but before coming to the island Michelle Obama Heads to China along with their daughters Malia and Sasha as well as their grandmother Marian Robinson.
    Michelle will tell of her own modest upbringing when she visits schools in Beijing and Chengdu, with a side trip to see the legendary terracotta warriors in the interior city of Xi’an. Give me a brake!!
    It is really weird for them going there where transparency is non-existent. They will fit right in. Obamas’ who promised open-ness they are s the most deviously deceptive couple to ever to put foot in our whitehouse-.
    No press pool of American reporters will be allowed to travel on her government aircraft during this taxpayer funded junket, but she will post her own accounts during her trip on the White House website. That says it all for me. This is an official visit at taxpayer expense, but the Obamas’ will be shielded from the press and therefore from scrutiny by the American people. Enough said so I hopefully wont be deleted….

    1. femptyhal says:

      Kindly use quotes when you copy and paste off the internet. Otherwise, except for your unoriginal commentary on what you copied, someone else might think you are trying to pass off the intelligent writing as your own. Thank you.

    2. toma_toes says:

      Your post should be deleted for copying and pasting from web articles. When you don’t use quotes in “your” comment it seems like you are trying to pass off someone else’s intelligent writing as your own. That is dishonest. Your unoriginal commentary on what you copied is obvious.

  12. capt767 says:

    He is the best snake oil salemen on the planet!!!! Bar none!!!

  13. nwoodruff says:

    Oh! Here are the “uninspiring contributions by trolls and fools” that Doug Cabral was lamenting about. Now I get it.

    1. toma_toes says:

      I was thinking exactly the same thing. “…Nary an original thought, oppressively familiar… Uninspiring… Predictable.”

      Most definitely not “a refreshing moment in comment oversight”.

  14. Caroline Miller says:

    I feel blessed to live some place that The Leader of the Free World chooses to bring his family considering he could go any place he wants. Since he is giving plenty of notice, anyone who doesn’t want to see him could take a nice vacation some place else.

    1. Aaron L. Myatt says:

      The doubters are always in the majority with kneejerk comments.
      I’m with you Caroline

    2. Sandy V. says:

      What if we are Natives caroline we must leave our native home? Most names here are not familiar to me and that is one of the problems we have to live with. (Many have lost their homes due to this man)

      Plus we are Truthful and we are just reminding those who complained about Bush constantly what you’all have done to us. We have already sacrificed enough I think and hopefully we can at least have the freedom to truthfully complain or express our legitimate concerns before we loose that as well.

      Just as a reminder please review >> http://youtu.be/oQ7r5ivupTU

    3. Benoit Baldwin says:

      Obama is a war criminal, like Bush before him, and Clinton before him, and so on down the line of War-Criminal-in-Chiefs, AKA “Leaders of the Free World.”

      This is MY home, and I DO NOT approve of war criminals finding respite here, or using it as a base for terror attacks on civilian infrastructure, as did Clinton in August 1998 to a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory.

      “Since he is giving plenty of notice, anyone who doesn’t want to see him could take a nice vacation some place else.”

      No. How about the war criminal, and you, and the rest of the war criminal’s supporters find another region on Earth to inhabit, one where you can no longer do damage to the rest of humanity.

      None of you are fit to be United States citizens. The murderous legacy of the current and past U.S. presidents was undertaken in violation of the spirit and letter of the U.S. Constitution, never mind international treaties and laws.

      WE THE PEOPLE are responsible for this legacy, because the United States are a constitutional republic, in fact and in law, no matter your ignorance, or the ignorance of the representatives, executives, and judges who would have us return to rule by the divine right of kings.

      Thank you. Thanks so much for this legacy. Now get out.

    4. Benoit Baldwin says:

      Obama is a war criminal, like Bush before him, and Clinton before him, and so on down the line of War-Criminal-in-Chiefs, AKA “Leaders of the Free World.”

      This is my HOME, and I DO NOT approve of war criminals finding respite here, or using it as a base for terror attacks on civilian infrastructure, as did Clinton in August 1998 to a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory.

      “Since he is giving plenty of notice, anyone who doesn’t want to see him could take a nice vacation some place else.”

      No. How about the war criminal, and you, and the rest of the war criminal’s supporters find another region on Earth to inhabit, one where you can no longer do damage to the rest of humanity.

      None of you are fit to be United States citizens. The murderous legacy of the current and past U.S. presidents was undertaken in violation of the spirit and letter of the U.S. Constitution, never mind international treaties and laws.

      WE THE PEOPLE are responsible for this legacy, because the United States are a constitutional republic, in fact and in law, no matter your ignorance, or the ignorance of the representatives, executives, and judges who would have us return to rule by the divine right of kings.

      Thank you. Thanks so much for this legacy. Now get out.

  15. Gregory says:

    Welcome back to the First Family, the Vineyards belong to us all.

  16. dj00t84l says:

    Which First Lady Flies Highest? Michelle vs. Laura

    Diana Oprinescu
    July 9, 2013

    With the attention Michelle Obama has received for her various trips – and they no doubt have cost taxpayers some significant chunks of change – you might be surprised at the results of National Taxpayers Union Foundation’s (NTUF’s) peek into our two most recent First Ladies’ international travelling habits.

    Michelle Obama has already travelled 72 days abroad up to this point. Certainly not an insignificant total, and her first term tally of 55 days abroad is more than President Reagan spent abroad in his first term.

    Yet, Michelle’s two-term travel record will almost assuredly fail to keep pace with Laura Bush’s record-setting feat.

    The former First Lady racked up a two-term total of 212 days abroad. Her second term included 135 days of international travel, which is more time than her husband, George W. Bush, spent abroad during the same time period!

    In fact, if you compare Laura Bush to the Presidents, she is currently the third most internationally traveled of that group, behind Bill Clinton and her husband – though President Obama will likely push her back to fourth in a few years.

    Michelle Obama’s international travel stats:Michelle Obama International TravelForeign TripsCountries VisitedNumber of Days20095102520103614*2011371620120002013**3617***Total1425****72

    And Laura Bush’s:Laura Bush International TravelForeign TripsCountries VisitedNumber of Days2001291620025132520035152020045916200592539200671725200752029200882742Total4673*212

    There was not enough data to pursue a second-term projection for Michelle Obama at this time. However, more in-depth analysis on First Lady travel will be featured in a future study.

    Mrs. Obama’s trip log thus far:
    Year
    DatesCountries VisitedNumber of DaysDetails2009March 31-April 5UK, France, Germany, Czech Republic6First presidential trip to Europe. Michelle Obama accompanied POTUSJune 5 – June 11France, UK7Vacation with her two daughters. Used the C-32 to fly thereJuly 6 – 11Russia, Italy, Vatican, and Ghana6Accompanied POTUS on an official tourSeptember 30 – October 2Denmark3Accompanied POTUS, but arrived there before he did (they traveled on separate planes)December 9 – 11Norway3Accompanied POTUS to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony2010April 13-15Haiti, Mexico3First solo international trip as First LadyAugustSpain5Personal trip with one of her daughters. Used the C-32.November 6-11India, Indonesia, Germany6Accompanied POTUS to India and Indonesia, but decided to return to the U.S. before the President (Obama went on to visit South Korea and Japan). However, she made a one-day surprise stop in Germany to celebrate Veterans’ Day.2011March 18-23Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador6Accompanied POTUS on an official tourMay 23-26Ireland, UK4Accompanied the President, but returned to the US by herself (Obama went on to visit France)June 21-26Botswana, South Africa6Her second solo international trip as First Lady. Used the C-32(Judicial Watch calculated the total cost to American taxpayers: $424,142 for use of the aircraft)2012No trips abroad. Spent her vacation in Colorado and Hawaii.2013MarchThe Bahamas6Spring break trip with her daughters. The Secret Service and her spokesperson refused to provide any details, but media reports show that the First Lady and her daughters spent at least six days there (March 24-29)June 17-19UK, Germany3The First Lady and her two daughters accompanied POTUSJune 26-July 3Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania8Family trip to the African continent

    Regardless of their political affiliations, the international travel records of First Ladies present a transparency issue for taxpayers that are separate and distinct from those of Presidents. This is especially true as it appears that more and trips are being taken separately from Presidential spouses. For the time being, however, Mrs. Bush’s list of trips will remain in first place.

  17. Trappedincalifornia says:

    The worst President in American history takes another vacation among the rich & privileged, he won’t be happy till the whole country is bankrupt & our children starve.

  18. Anon ymous says:

    While our economy further sinks, he uses our tax dollars for his lavish vacations……..again.