August 26th, 2010
04:43 PM ET
11 years ago

Prodigal sun returns to Martha's Vineyard, just in time for Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Obama enjoying a round of golf."]Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts (CNN) - After days of heavy rains and high winds, sunshine finally returned to Martha's Vineyard Thursday.

The ground was still a bit soggy, but for the vacationing President it was perfect weather to hit the links.

Obama teed off at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs with close friends Eric Whitaker, Cyrus Walker, and White House trip director Marvin Nicholson.

At one point during the round, after Nicholson appeared to make a good putt, he and the President engaged in a playful fist pump.

As the first family winds down its 10-day getaway to the island, it is clear golf has dominated the President's vacation agenda.

It's an undisputed hole in one and a swing above the rest, so to speak.

By CNN's on site stopwatch, Obama has spent 15 hours on the golf course. That's compared to 6 hours over dinner and lunch at restaurants like Nancy's and The Sweet Life Café, 4 hours at a picnic with the family on a private beach, and just 25 minutes shopping with his daughters at the bookstore Bunch of Grapes in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts.

There's still time to throw in more public outings before the Obama's depart the island on Sunday, but It's hard to imagine golf sliding from its lofty ranking.

Even with the President's golf obsession and several washout island days, the first family is still smiling.

"Yeah they're having a great time," said White House Deputy Spokesman Bill Burton, "they're having a really good time."

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Who is That?

    You can do it legally, Doesn't mean you should do, no it's not the mosque issue I am talking about.

    August 26, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. strong

    Go swallow a golf ball, prodigal son. Some prodigal ...

    August 26, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'm sure the "Orange" man (Boehner) is eating his heart out after all the golf course is where he turns Orange.

    August 26, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. D. Bunker

    I wonder how many of you teatards have quit taking vacations? What are you doing to make America better? Obama is not taking an unusual amount of time off, especially compared to that fake rancher Bush. The president also does actually work on these "vacations" (yes, even the fake rancher). It's a shame our country has so may ignorant voters.

    August 26, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. D. Bunker

    Rickster, not only are you ignorant of history, you also seem to have a no clue how government works. The GOBPbaggers still have many levers to slow or prevent the Dems from implementing an agenda that will help the country (research secret holds and the filibuster rules if you want to educate yourself). We need more Dems and fewer teatards and rightwing corporate toadies.

    August 26, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. water bearer

    Maybe all of you haters would be happy if he bought a ranch in Crawford, TX and spent all of his vacations there??? After all, you didn't seem to mind it when Bush did!

    August 26, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Unions helped build the middle class

    Poor little rickster,lets buy him a bickie.

    August 26, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. jules sand-perkins

    It is true that President Obama has taken many vacations recently, but if he were in Washington, what would you want him to do?
    Make jobs?
    Producing what? Wicker baskets and arty photographs paid for by taxed wealth of really productive persons?
    President Obama, given his strongly socialistic economic philosophy, has already done most of what he might accomplish without changing his mind about "spreading the wealth around," and then, in the manner of a truly great leader, inspiring an entitlement-addicted, overly unionized people to the kind of aspiration to economic success that energized our citizens and new immigrants a century ago, carefully adding regulations of financial institutions to prevent another 1920s balloon's popping.
    The answer to our economic problems is somewhere between Obama's daydreams and current Republican methods, although Republican concepts that recall Nietzsche and Ayn Rand contain the energy America would have to use to get back to work.
    Obama would have to be a truly great leader to do that.
    I think he's done everything in Washington that he can: let him vacation.

    August 26, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. the real ib

    don't worry libs after 2012 King Obama can play golf everyday and people won't say one thing cause he won't be president after that.

    August 26, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. hal

    My husband loves to golf, but he can't afford it right now. I am glad that you are able to golf 24/7 Mr. President!!

    August 26, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Tinkers Dam

    I wonder if he will put the doobie down when he pulls his prayer rug out of his golf bag and faces qibla.

    August 26, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. katiec

    Enjoy yourself President Obama.
    Lord knows having to deal with the republicans is more stress than should be allowed. We, the American people, are behind you and your goals to do what is best for us and our country.

    August 26, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. malabar

    Aw, pobrecitos democrats. once again proving they cant take what they dish out. entitled? yep. entitled to the same ridicule and criticism ANY other president has to endure. hope he has more cojones than his cry baby sheeple

    August 26, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Mark from Louisiana

    Somebody tell Joe that the stimulus money for weatherizing HUD and housing authority that went to Opelousas Louisiana didn't get spent on weatherization, they built a high dollar wrought iron fence around the projects. Like someone would want to break in there..................2 million taxpayer dollars wasted. thanks Joe.

    August 26, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. stanley

    Re Recovery Act

    How can two really smart people like Obama and Biden totally miss the lesson of the Roosevelt recovery?
    PUT PEOPLE TO WORK. Why are they afraid to copy the WPA. Not a miniscule 200,000 houses but millions of jobs building,and repairing infrastructure, and even supporting employment in the arts.
    Even the organizational and administrative structure is laid out in the textbooks.
    No wonder so many people are angry and frustrated. The fact that the companies that received bailout money are paying it back so fast in order to be free to payout millions without federal interference is rubbing salt in all our wounds

    August 26, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. Padraig

    Sgt. USMC, shows how the Corp are dropping in the promotion standards. The President work ethics is at question. How do you know he has a stong work ethic? He has taken more vacations than any other President has. With our economy having issues (Dow under 10k), unemployment at 18.4 to 18.6%, inflation, two wars (we still have over 40k troops in Iraq) and immigration issues to say the least – he has not really addressed any of these issues. He needs to lead and he isn't.

    August 26, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  17. Confused

    The American commentary on the mosque and the Presidents and First Lady's vacation takes this great country from sublime to ridiculous......

    Did we not sacrifice the lives of over 4,416 American men and woman with over 31,000 wounded by going to war allegedly to find non – existent WMD or to to right the wrong of 9/11. Now we say we are there to bring democracy to millions of muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan spending billions of dollars ? and want to stop a Mosque?

    Does not every citizen take time off during the year and specially the summer. How is the president different?

    August 26, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. mj

    Obama just raises his head and speaks down to us lowly servants. He he making a mockery of the highest office in this Country. Just keeps using tax payers money to fly "Air Force 1 & 2" wherever his/her heart desires. This man is hell-bent on destruction. He has and will continue to do everything and anything to destroy the United States. Want to keep your freebies Government gives you? Then quit taking it out of my pocket. Some people actually work and earn what that have.

    August 26, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. Buster

    SGT USMC-I seriously doubt you were in the military much less the marine corps. President Bush quit playing golf early in his Presidency because how it looked. It does not bother the idiot obama and you either it seems. I must admit I have never met a marine who had any respect for obama and I am retired military and worked with many marines who were returning from overseas.

    August 26, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Roger

    Obama fiddles as the Nation's economy worsens. The quicker we get rid of this guy the sooner we can correct the mess that he has forced upon us.

    August 26, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Jan

    The President is never on vacation, but most are to ignorant to realize that........of course Bush was on vacation even while in the White House. But then again he was the same one who didn't know of any mistakes he had made...........what about an illegial war. Mission accomplished statement made how many years ago and how many lives have been lost and soldiers wounded since then.

    I often wonder just where this country would be if McCain/Palin had been elected and it scares the hell out of me.

    Enjoy yourself Mr President you've earned it.

    August 26, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. cnn always liberal all the time

    all this guy does is have fun . . .

    to bad the dems on this board are lashing out at everyone, but hey when you are going to loose big time, get nasty.


    August 26, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. anne

    Obama. The country's largest zero. I just can't wait till he hs done and gone!

    August 26, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. mother and sister of soldiers

    Leadership by example....definitely not in tune with the people of this country. Did Obama ever hear about buying only what you can afford? Guess not by his spending record....just like the citizens who abused credit for the flat screens, cars and homes that their income cannot support. WHY do dems demonize the wealthy when your leaders fall into the ranks? I will never understand their logic nor their sense of entitlement.

    August 26, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. Steve

    Let us be clear: All this noise coming from the right wing nut cases is pure racism. You simply can't bear the idea of having an African-American occupying the White House. Hence you poison the internet with your whining. As for me, I am proud to stand with MY PRESIDENT !

    August 26, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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