from Robert MacMillan:

Martha’s Vineyard + Black Friday = no pepper spray

November 25, 2011

When people think about Black Friday, the big shopping day after Thanksgiving Thursday, the relevant images are usually retail carnage of some kind -- barbarians at the gates of big-box retailers, fights over discounted merchandise, scuffles in the parking lots, trampled store employees, and (a new one this year) pepper spray being used to keep other people away from stuff that you want to buy. (What to do with all that leftover pepper spray when there aren't any protesters around to disperse?)

from Photographers' Blog:

Vacation on the Vineyard, without Obama

September 1, 2011

By Kevin Lamarque

My assignment was to fly on Air Force One to Martha’s Vineyard and cover President Obama’s vacation. Covering is perhaps a misleading term. The term “protective coverage” would be more accurate.

from MediaFile:

Martha’s Vineyard Gazette sold to KKR co-founder Kohlberg

November 26, 2010

RTRQKOPI've always been thankful that my grandparents were good at playing the real estate game. Among their unlikely coups was buying a house in the 1960's in Edgartown, the tony enclave on the island of Martha's Vineyard, whose exclusive address had no correspondence to their income level. If they hadn't bought it, there's no way that my journalist's salary would have been able to scoop up property like that. In the more than three decades that I've been going there, I've become a regular reader of the Martha's Vineyard Gazette, the enormous broadsheet newspaper that has resisted the cost-cutting size reductions that many other newspapers in the United States have sustained.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obamas seek shrimp as rain lets up on Martha’s Vineyard

August 25, 2010

The First Family took advantage of a break in the rainy weather on Martha's Vineyard Wednesday to escape their holiday farm and make their first public foray together.

from Tales from the Trail:

On rainy Martha’s Vineyard, Obama hunkers down — and reads

August 25, 2010

USA/So much for perfecting that golf game.

President Barack Obama has spent a lot of time indoors during his vacation. The posh island of Martha's Vineyard has had a spot of bad weather -- as in rain, rain, and more rain.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama unwinds into summer vacation, reading list revealed

August 20, 2010

Finally,  the presidential summer reading list is revealed -- well, one book anyway.

from Tales from the Trail:

Washington Extra – swimming with the fishes

August 19, 2010

The U.S. economy continues to swim with the fishes – weekly unemployment claims are at a nine-month high and the director of the Congressional Budget Office says the unemployment rate won’t fall to around 5 percent until 2014. Not much in the way of economic sunshine today.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama tees up his “staycation”

August 31, 2009

President Barack Obama is following up his busy week in Martha's Vineyard with ... another holiday. But, like many Americans in this time of economic recession, he is taking a "staycation" -- time off without leaving home.

from Tales from the Trail:

What is it about presidents and golf?

August 30, 2009

OBAMA/President Barack Obama seems to have a new favorite past-time. The 48-year-old campaigned as a basketball player, but now his heart seems to belong to the links. He has squeezed at least four golf outings -- three for 18 holes and one just nine -- into his week-long vacation on the Massachusetts island Martha's Vineyard, despite two days of rain and a trip over to Boston for the funeral of his friend and former colleague, the late Senator Edward Kennedy.******Lately Obama has also been golfing on most Sundays when he is in Washington, generally on courses at military bases near the city.******His foursomes are more likely to include long-time friends and aides than well-heeled contacts -- this week he golfed with a top executive of the UBS investment bank, but he also played with a White House assistant chef and a press aide.******The habit has attracted a few jibes. Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan used it to publicize a news conference she was planning on the island during Obama's visit. "When President Obama was playing golf yesterday, four soldiers died in Afghanistan," Sheehan said in a flyer distributed at the Martha's Vineyard White House press center this week.******But for U.S. presidents, golfing is -- er -- par for the course. Fifteen of the past 18, including Obama, have golfed, according to Golf Digest magazine. Obama explained its appeal for him this summer in an interview with CBS News. Although he was unhappy with the state of his game (he took more than five hours to play 18 holes this week, and a woman who lived near one course described his ball hitting a tree), he said it gives him a chance to relax and spend time with friends, largely unobserved (the Secret Service is around, but often off in the woods, Obama said) and away from reporters and photographers.******"It is the only time that, for six hours, first of all, that I'm outside. And second of all, where you almost feel normal, in the sense that you're not in a bubble," he told CBS News.******OBAMA/Golf Digest ranked John F. Kennedy as the top presidential golfer, noting that his average score was 80, despite chronic back pain. Back in January, it put the athletic Obama 8th.******The presidents who didn't golf? Golf Digest says they were Jimmy Carter , Harry Truman and Franklin Roosevelt. But Roosevelt would have been another golfing president if he had had his way. According to the Armchair Golf Blog, Roosevelt loved playing golf as a young man, but polio in 1923 forced him to give the game up.******Photo credits: Obama golfing on Martha's Vineyard, Reuters/JASON REED

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Obama to Batman! Come in, Caped Crusader!

August 28, 2009

Blog Guy, you seem to have the inside track on everything the president does. I heard a rumor that there was some kind of embarrassing glitch during his vacation at Martha's Vineyard. Dish us the dirt!