[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/23/art.vineyard.house.gi.jpg caption="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.