August 23rd, 2010
02:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama vacation photo album has plenty of empty pages

A sign posted on a tree near the Obama's vacation location reads: 'Welcome back Obamas.'
A sign posted on a tree near the Obama's vacation location reads: 'Welcome back Obamas.'

Vineyard Haven (CNN) - Like a tree falling in the forest, it's the First Family's island vacation with very few witnesses. The Obama's have so far managed to spend almost five days on Martha's Vineyard out of the public's eye.

As bad weather rolled in Sunday and stretched into Monday, the Obamas have remained holed up on the 28 acre Blue Heron farm, in Chilmark, Massachusetts.

The pool of reporters typically assembled each day to follow the President around, were sent packing early Monday and told that there might be some movement late in the afternoon. But don't hold your breath that if they are re-assembled, they'll actually catch a glimpse of the President, let alone get any video to document it.

After following the President on two island golf outings, both of which lasted for more than four hours each, camera crews returned with only video of the motorcade. They were so far back in the pack, that they never even saw the President's SUV.

The first family arrived on Martha's Vineyard on Thursday. Since then, the only public appearance was a quick shopping trip to the Vineyard Haven book shop 'Bunch of Grapes.'

The President and first daughters browsed the inventory, before they purchased some books, including 'The Red Pony,' by author John Steinbeck.

Mr. Obama signed autographs before exiting the store and the public's eye.

Total time seen in public so far? Less than a half hour.


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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. felicia

    I don't blame him the media and the haters that don't like them always talking shyt about what he's doing go ahead and enjoy your vacation Mr President and family. Always remember you have tons of people who support regardless of what the media talking about.

    August 23, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Gabriel

    Give the man a break he really deserve it.

    After all he is just human and would oviously want to have a break. Period!

    August 23, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    That's because the Obamas are on a REAL vacation to get away and enjoy FAMILY MOMENTS like they deserve!!!

    They are NOT spending money like MOST think; NOT splurging with the taxpayer’s money; NOT costing taxpayer's money for extra security; NOT going to clubs spending the taxpayer's money; NOT eating at the most expensive restaurants using the taxpayer's money; NOT cruising on yachts using the taxpayer's money; NOT going to Disneyland and riding on the taxpayer's money – BUT, most will still blog that just to be complaining!!!!

    If the Obamas were out on the town – the far-right haters, et al will complain!!! This is a non-Story and the media is still trying to make a story out of it!!

    August 23, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. barry

    He's always the victim according to the Media. Careful if you continue ton convince him he is a victim he will be on in 2012.

    August 23, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. mama panda

    Oh, for heaven's sake, Tony. Shutting down entire streets for the president is hardly unique to Obama - nor is it the president who determines when and where shutdowns will occur. You can join mj, whose comment follows yours, in being blank.

    August 23, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Dina

    I'm proud to have voted for Obama. He was left a huge mess and he's been slogging through it. He's also signed some good legislation. Anyone calling him names should think for two minutes about why they're following the propaganda of the Republicans who only favor the wealthy and the same corporations who take your jobs away. What have THEY done for you?

    August 23, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Romney's views are moderate "

    I almost wet my pants laughing.

    August 23, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. kat

    I for one wish he would stay there and quit wrecking our country. With that bunch, there ought to be some really special pictures. I hope they remembered to pack an extra camera.

    August 23, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Beena

    Maybe he is hidden with his family because he adhering to the Ramdam laws during this time. Just an odd time.

    August 23, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    LOL@mama panda – YEP, Tony must be from the mountains where there is only ONE LANE in and ONE LANE out!!

    Also @MJ – if President Obama wanted to claim VICTORY on the Iraq war, he would have done so already!! Bush can have a victory on a war that should never have started in the first place and take credit for the over 4,000 American soldiers that died there!!!

    August 23, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Ken in NC

    The media must use a non-story story to make a story. If the First Family had been out and about all would be griping about the "Silly" things he is doing to waste taxpayer funds. The Press pool doesn't even get a shot of his Limo and of course others will complain that he isn't doing his fair share to stimulate the economy. The First Family can't win for losing and Idiots are determined to prove themselves to be Idiots regardless to what the First Family does or does not do.

    August 23, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. hypocricnnation

    If The President Obama Can Have A Great Vacation, And Keep The Meddling Noises Of The Media Away! Then That's A Great Vacation.

    August 23, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Ryan T

    He's the greatest president we have ever had and ever will. He has ended all wars and has made life so much better here. He deserves these vacations and I hope we are paying for it – he deserves a lot more of it! Now all we need to do is get rid of the Republican party so that my family can immigrate from Honduras. We are a nation of immigrants. Obama in 2012! Viva Obama!

    August 23, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. barry

    The Presidents approval rating is continuing to slide. It looks like Howard Dean is getting ready to challenge him. He needs to get some positive jobs results quickly or Hillary Clinton will and should jump in to challenge him as well. He's had 18 months and it's actually worse. Blaming Bush won't win it for him again it will take positive results. He possibly is in over his head.

    August 23, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. commonsense529

    I'm glad our First Family is taking some much needed vacation. They deserve it. Our president is working hard for this country and not getting the credit he deserves. I'm sure the RepubliCANTs are upset that they are on vacation. I wonder if they were upset when Bush was taking 27 day vacations. I doubt it. But they have the NERVE to be upset that our president and his beautiful family are taking a 10 day vacation? Puhleeze.

    Mr. President, you are doing a GREAT job!!! Thank you for your service!!

    August 23, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Bill

    It's a very modest vacation for a US President. Find something else to gripe about.

    August 23, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. PappyHappy

    Interesting that Gallup has his approval rate rising ever so slightly while he is on vacation ...... and out of the news,

    August 23, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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