August 24th, 2009
06:48 PM ET
11 years ago

Tennis, golf for Obama on day one

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Burton also revealed Obama is set to play golf later in the day."]

(CNN) - Among President Obama's first activities on Martha's Vineyard: a friendly tennis match against wife Michelle.

White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters Monday on the Massachusetts island the first couple squared off earlier this morning, though it remains a secret who won.

Burton also revealed Obama is set to play golf later in the day with South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, UBS CEO and major Obama supporter Robert Wolf, and White House aide Marvin Nicholson.

As for the rest of the week, Burton offered few details, saying the president himself doesn't even have a particular schedule.

"He's on vacation, so everything is a little bit loose," he said.

Burton, however, did dispel reports the president is planning on visiting ailing Sen. Ted Kennedy in nearby Hyannis Port.

"I heard some reports today that the Secret Service had visited Hyannis Port. I don't think that there's any reason to believe that there's any plan to go to Hyannis Port at this point," he said. "I think that if Secret Service agents were there, they probably heard like all of you already know, that they have great lobster rolls out there."

Burton also said it's unlikely Obama will spend much time mingling with residents of the 23-mile long island.

"His desire on Martha's Vineyard is to get a little break," he said. "He certainly appreciates the hospitality of the folks who are here, but his desire here is to relax and spend time with the family."

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soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. republicans are evil

    Before you rethugs complain about the President being on vacation, remember he still has 302 days to catch up to the amount of days bush was on vacation. Aw, doesn't the truth hurt? And remember bush was on vaca during the start of the illegal Iraq war.

    August 24, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Chris

    I want to play Barack in tennis.

    August 24, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Todd

    Constantly on vacation when is this guy goig to get some work done?

    August 24, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Enough

    Slow news day?? We don't need a play by play on what Obama is doing. Next news flash: Obamas lunch!

    August 24, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. RCasson

    What a beautiful man. I hope he's enjoying the well deserved vacation.

    August 24, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Dennis

    Oh, I am sure some narrow-minded people will spout off about getting back to work, however they will also criticize everything he does anyway. One week of relaxing and playing golf, small benefit for all the work that has been accomplished so far. Wall Street executives and Insurance companies executives routinely play golf each day while you bail they failing companies out because they were not paying attention.......and then give them HUGE bonuses for going such a WONDERFUL job. I for one am thankful for somebody to stand up and hold their feet to the fire.

    August 24, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Bob of Lompoc

    Golf ? Tennis ? Those are Republican sports. Do you eat with one of those short Republicans forks ? Good grief. Go bowling, take some target practice with a W W II M-1 Garand, take Michelle in the G-car and run out of gas down Lovers Lane – BEHAVE LIKE A DEMOCRAT !

    August 24, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. mtm

    The country is suffering, real hardworking Americans are suffering and Obama is off on vacation in Martha's Vineyard? Prior to being elected President did he ever vacation there before or is this a perk on my dollar. I had such great hope for him but now he is just one long photo op.

    August 24, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. armymom1024

    I'm sorry, I thought Obama said he needed this additional vacation to spend "quality time" with his children. Apparently this can't be done at Camp David, or on the numerous other trips his children have gone on that we've paid for.

    August 24, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. as

    Hope Michelle won!!!

    August 24, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Sandra in Oregon

    When President Obama's vacation schedule starts to resemble George "W" who was constantly vacationing and put our country in the shambles it is in now, then it will be news.

    August 24, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. southerncousin

    I myself am working, can't afford a vacation due to all the taxes I have to pay. Nice to see the great taxer can afford a $30K a week place to stay and have all of his transportation and needs taken care of by taxpayers like me. The arrogance just drips doesn't it Maxine Waters.

    August 24, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. daisy

    GOLF??? TENNIS????

    CNN: Bringing you top notch political news.

    August 24, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. the homeless, the sick, the broke can wait

    until the POTUS is rested and, yeah, the recession is over.

    August 24, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Mike in MN

    I agree with very little of what Obama has been doing, but there is no question he has been working very hard and deserves a break.
    Maybe this will allow him to step away from everything just enough to clear his head and see that where he and Pelosi are trying to take America is not where the majority of voters want to go. Obama needs to recommit to the centerist positon he campaigned on. If he does he will anger some in his parties left but he would find support from a majority of voters. He has very little time left to decide if he is going to please the far left of his party and anger a majority of voters or do just the opposit.

    August 24, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Sam

    Enjoy your vacation Mr. President

    August 24, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. just joe

    hey, CNN ... what a great idea..."How I Spent My Summer Vacation"...make it a contest for any reader who drags through this week-long d u l l stuff................the winner gets to write a super "news analysis" of his own personal vacation.....boredom and folks will eat that up, won't you>\???

    August 24, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Debby

    Is CNN going to provide potty info to on this family next. I mean WHO CARES what they do on their vacation while the rest of us can't take one due to the economy.

    August 24, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Ron L

    The President is on V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N, how about giving him a little bit of a BREAK. The Media needs to get a grip and let him relax unless a REAL EMERGENCY occurs that requires his attention.

    August 24, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. RealityKing

    Speed reading while in the cart??

    August 24, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Freedom

    Golf – $100.00
    House Rental- $23,000.00
    Plane Flight – 325,000.00
    Dinners – $20,000.00

    Not listening to the American people at every town hall meeting priceless.
    Fooling the dum down american public priceless.

    August 24, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. fellow from chicago

    Enjoy it now because in 40 months if you want to come back you'll have to pay for it on your own. As for visiting Senator Kennedy, why? The "death panel" has already decided on his fate. Love that public option.

    August 24, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. MJ

    Who really cares????!!!! Why not report what time he eats & what and how much is consumed? How often does he take a "potty break"? Pleassssse – Report the news CNN. Just where is your head? There are much more important issues. Not everyone worships his every move. Some of us are actually concerned about Jobs, Health, Taxes, and Supporting our Families.

    August 24, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Illinoistom

    It will be interesting to see the travel budget totals while average Americans are struggling through the worst economic period of our lives.

    August 24, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. simp

    Boy are the haters going to rip this story apart. Enjoy yourself President Obama and first family, you all deserve. No matter what you haters say. They are on a wonderful vacation and you haters get to be upset about it. LMAOOOOOOOOO

    August 24, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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