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.

They wound up at Nancy’s seafood restaurant on the waterfront in the town of Oak Bluffs.
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First Lady Michelle Obama commiserated with the crowd after three solid days of driving rain that had kept holiday-makers, including the Obamas, holed up playing board games and reading books to make the most of their summer vacation.

“How you guys doing? Drying off? Finally,” she asked restaurant guests, after shepherding her daughters Malia and Sasha into the restaurant for a late lunch with friends.

Complimented by a well-wisher on a purple-colored watch, she confided it was a present from the president, but hinted that he had gotten help in making the selection.

“I think somebody told him,” she said, clad in white Capri pants and a coral-colored cardigan over a striped shirt.

Her husband, in a white polo shirt, dark slacks and a White Sox baseball cap, cross-examined dining companion Eric Whittaker, an old Chicago friend, over his menu selection and shook hands with fellow diners.

USA/The restaurant trip was the first time the Obamas had ventured out in public as a family. It came on day six of their 10-day holiday to the upscale island off the coast of Massachusetts.

The president and first lady have dined at local restaurants with friends on the last two evenings, but it was the first time they had all gone out together.

Obama avoided making news during his outing.

Asked by an accompanying reporter to comment on Iraq, where U.S. forces end their combat role Aug. 31, Obama just smiled and dodged the question.

“We’re buying shrimp, guys,” he said. “C’mon.”

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obamas at Nancy’s Restaurant, Obamas greet well-wishers outside Nancy’s Restaurant)

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