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. clr

    So, how many vacations is this now? All I see this guy doing is campaigning and dragging his family around on vacations and mini-vacations. Geezzz... Soldiers are DYING in this loser's war , and all this loser can do is mug for cameras and play games. SHAME!

    And Yes...- HIS war... he kept our guys over there – and sent more, He campaigned on THIS being the war we needed to be in. He took away our soldiers air cover that was keeping them from being slautered (3 – 4 dying a day now). He stopped their ability to search women,. He forced their need to read miranda rights. And...HE has not set an objective for our boys to meet). HE IS LOSING THIS WAR, and meanwhile he is playing.... It's like Nero fiddling while Rome burns.

    August 24, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Jeanne

    In Martha's Vineyard with all the other liberal elites. $35,000-$50,000 per week is what the property he's staying at rents for. About the average annual wage in this country.

    Total elitist.

    August 24, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Kate in San Diego

    Do you all sit up nights trying to think of new ways to be mean and hateful? I really believe even if Obama found a way to provide free health care for all that cost no taxpayer one dime many of you would still complain and gripe because you hate him so much. I wasn't fond of Bush as a president but i never made the sort of comments i have seen here. You all are somewhat frightening. What is this country coming to? When did we become like this?

    August 24, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. andy

    Who Cares? I'm surprised that he is not in front of a teleprompter releasing more top secret material to hurt our coutry or pushing his liberal socialist programs from his bully pulpit. I guess this story about Michelle was because she does nothing else to write about .. A real asset.

    August 24, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Toni from Texas

    It's amazing how many folks on this blog do not know the difference when the President takes a trip abroad on official business for the country and a personal vacation. If FOX would report the news correctly then you idiots would know something about the government and how it works. That way when you come on CNN to criticize the President you could at least have the facts. Have a great vacation President Obama and family!

    August 24, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Tom Paine

    Conservatives are "mean and ignorant? about Obama's vacation"?!?!

    Who cares where Obama takes a vacation other than liberals and the hollywood b-listers that hang out on Martha's Vineyard?

    If I recall, it was liberals who constantly hammered George Bush for his vacations and for playing golf during a war. So, I guess it's OK for King Barack?

    August 24, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. John

    Mr. President,

    Beware –

    Don't have Dick Cheney around you, on his Quail Hunting Spree.....

    😛 🙂

    August 24, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Erik

    I hope one day someone starts another respectable news agency. CNN has totally sold out over the years. I am left-leaning but vote on the issue. CNN has become a toned down leftist version of Fox. Generally speaking, news in the U.S. has become a lame snippet version of "Days of Our Lives"....and the majority of the public eat it up. That is the real tragedy. Ignorance is bliss.

    Thank god for John Stewart. Elizabeth McCaughey, had her hat handed to her by a COMEDIAN....maybe he should start up his own news agency.

    August 24, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Proud Member..Party of No, what a loser this guy has turned out to be.

    August 24, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. KERRI

    Why? Why? Why? ....Can't you let the Obama's take vacation in peace !
    You haters want to find something bad/wrong with them so bad !!
    Get over it, they are in "The White House"...

    Enjoy yourselves !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. ANNE .EME

    why won't this guy be left alone. Every one is on vacation . Is about family for crying out loud. It's vacation time pleaseeee.

    August 24, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Typical Republican

    OMG....Obama is going on vacation! Never has a president gone on vacation! This has NEVER happened. We are going to all DIE now that our president is on vacation! It's a fact, let us republicans tell you that this is the first time that a president has ever trashed the constitution and disregarded it by going on vacation.

    We need to torture him!

    if we had Sarah Palin it would be so much least she would have quit before going on vacation. Or Sanford, atleast he would have just disappeared and us not know where he's at. Or McCain, at least he would have beat some woman senseless while on vacation. Or Torture, at least he would have shot a few friends and/or relatives.

    August 24, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Denise

    Another vacation?!? Didn't they just get back from the Grand Canyon? What about Paris and Italy? Do they ever stay in the White House?
    Must be nice, I am laid off and on unemployment so no vacation till I get another job and that hasn't been easy. How are you people who voted for him liking all the HOPE AND CHANGE? I can't stand to watch them having all their fun and what about all the concerts they have at the White House now? What next? We are in big trouble!!!!!

    August 24, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Biased

    I don't resent a vacation for anyone – but the timing here is bad after just listening to the families visits and touring of France and Russia etc.....but my main concern about this is when do his two kids get any face time with Daddy? Tennis with Mom all morning, golf with his buddies all afternoon, the White House gives out his vacation reading list of about 6 books he wants to read during this week so – when do the kids fit in to this holiday ?

    August 24, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Ted van Tol

    Have a nice vacation Pres. Obama, you deserve it for 100%!

    O, and before I forget.....

    And please stop the CNN promo's every five minutes. And Wolf Blitzer, stop saying "the best political team on TV" every show 6 times. Just give us the news, we can have more than 3 minutes and need no break all the time.

    August 24, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Flipper

    This is news? Yet another unnecessary puff piece that proves once again that CNN is firmly entrenched in the Obama camp.

    And predictably, the Dem supporters are slamming Bush. How sad.

    August 24, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Doug, New Jersey

    I would suggest that Mr. Obama learn a lesson from his golf game, straight down the middle is the way to go!

    I'm just sooo glad to hear that the Obama's will not be doing any of their own driving while on vacation, the Vinyard is 75% Democrat, the last thing any sensible person would want is a country with Biden as president and Pelosi a hearbeat away from making America identical to the former USSR.

    August 24, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Michelle

    "Good for them, I hope they enjoy every sec of it"

    August 24, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Timothy Hollis

    Mr. President and Our First Black Lady, enjoy your vacation with you daughters, you deserve it. Bush took 5 vacations with in 7 months! You deserve at least one. Besides, its summertime, and the kids needed a trip or two. Happy to contribute!

    August 24, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. matt

    Its nice to see obama on a nice vacation while alot of people in this country are laid off from work but the left never gave Palin or her family a break so its all fair game

    August 24, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |

    Must be nice Obama, people out of work and you are playing golf instead of getting this country back on its feet, basically you are wasting my tax dollars on your thrills as I look for work.

    Obama and the rest of the politicians are,

    WASTES and SHOULD BE FIRED!!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Hannah Stevens

    I am so proud and pleased that we have this beautiful family in the White House. They are truly wonderful people.

    I will never forget the first year bush was president and his daughters were getting drunk and dancing naked in bars. Just like daddy. The bush family is a dirty family, all of them.

    August 24, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Realistic

    Some people have said that they would like to take a vacation like the president, I say run for office. And also make sure you can take what the job comes with, lets see. A ton of stress, rightwing nuts attacking you at every turn, conservative groups using your daughters on political ads which is tasteless. And so may other things, you want to vaction like a president, run for office.
    I'm always happy any president takes vacations and has some R&R, with the job they have and the responsibilties that comes with it, its good to just step back and catch a second wind.

    Enjoy Mr.President time with your family because in the end of the day, You are a father first, Husband second and in the end, they are the ones who will always be there for you.

    August 24, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. Kathy

    Why would Obama need a vacation, he doesn't do anything. He just dreams up his wild ideas and tells his incompetent staff to make it happen. Heck he hasn't even read the Health Care Bill or have a clue about it. I bet he is shocked to death that he can't use that silver tongue to get people to believe or even want his kind of change. Wish he would work so hard for poor people that are out of jobs. I suppose it will be time to bring out the troops, you know Acorn or his mob.

    August 24, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Richard


    August 24, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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