August 25th, 2010
08:26 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama visit buzz puts Vineyard Haven on high alert

Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts (CNN) – What happens when rumors of a Presidential visit start to swirl on Martha's Vineyard?

We found out on Wednesday morning in the small town of Vineyard Haven, when rumors started flying that someone important, possibly the President himself, would be stopping by Sweet E's Cupcake Shop. Almost immediately people started gathering to get a possible glimpse of the island's most famous vacationer.

Before the cupcake store even opened, United States Secret Service agents were spotted nearby checking out the scene, and by old-fashioned word-of-mouth, locals and vacationers heard President Obama might stop by.

Crowds gathered outside the shop and on the streets and by afternoon, when word came that the President's motorcade was on the move, hundreds of people had lined Main Street.

Some were sitting on the roofs of their cars to get the best view. Local police came in to try to control the traffic and the crowds. But more and more people gathered and there was still no sign of the President or any of his family. Finally, as news came that he wasn't coming to Vineyard Haven, some of the crowd was disappointed, but one local woman said "On a day like today- a rainy day- if this is what happens, it's exciting."

President Obama and first lady Michelle and their two daughters Malia and Sasha ended up going to lunch in Oak Bluffs, a nearby town with their friends: Valerie Jarrett, the Whitakers and the Walkers, among others. When asked how they were doing, Michelle Obama replied, "Drying off… finally."

The President eventually made it to Vineyard Haven but skipped the cupcake shop and headed straight for a round of golf at the Mink Meadows Golf Club, about two miles away from all the commotion.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. The Progressive and Media rape of America ends the first week of November 2010

    Perhaps Becky Brittain will have the opportunity to kiss his royal Progressive ass.

    Sorry Becky, but after about the 5th presidential vacation this summer the orgasmic effect has worn off most of us. People like you helped create this beast by failing to vet him and rest of us don't give a damn about his vacations.

    August 25, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    So how many cupcakes did the shop sell anyway?

    August 25, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. jim

    One of the few places in the country that gets excited to see the Obama clan.In the real world people could care less about some guy stuffing his mouth with cupcakes. His ego is so big i bet he could scarf down a bunch !!!

    August 25, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. D.

    Culture of celebrities, not of policy-makers is taking this country down!

    August 25, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    The excitement alone would have satisfied me!! I hope the Obamas are enjoying their vacations!!

    August 25, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. jschmitt

    Who Cares?

    August 25, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  7. Keith in Austin

    Are you kidding me? Talk about a total lack of being in touch with the American People!

    August 25, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. terry,va

    Let them eat cake!!

    August 25, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. The reality is...

    Mink Meadows Gold Club, how charming. I just don't understand how he can , in good conscience, continue his extravagant gallivanting while so many are struggling trying to make ends meet. Don't give me that line about him deserving it; no one deserves to have the audacity of flaunting their position at others' expense, and I mean LITERALLY at others' expense.

    August 25, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. JIlli

    I'd love an opportunity to see the President. I'd be right out there with them.

    August 25, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Take care of our President and his family.

    August 25, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  12. welches, oregon

    of course it's on high alert – he's the PRESIDENT for crying out loud.
    Any and all Presidents have and will have this during any kind of visit anywhere and CNN knows better.

    Why does CNN have to create 'news' that they know will promote and encourage hate filled comments and add to more of the divide of Americans and this Country. Is it truly just ratings, i.e., money driven?

    Instead of reporting junk 'new's, at least write a few articles that might encourage people to agree on some things.

    – or is that just so out of style these days. CNN is lost.

    August 25, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  13. Buster

    This is news, the cupcake went out for a cupcake.

    August 26, 2010 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  14. Silence DoGood

    There is some serious criticism of the president – quick put up a staged family story to distract the stupid people.

    August 26, 2010 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  15. Obama4america

    Obama is the hardest working president in history.

    August 26, 2010 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  16. Obama4america

    He need this time off.

    August 26, 2010 01:16 am at 1:16 am |