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.

That means the sporty president, who likes to spend his free time on the greens, hasn’t made it to a golf course since Sunday, when his game almost got canceled because of impending storms.

Since then he’s been hanging out at the rented compound he is sharing with his family, playing games and reading books.

Obama went out for dinner on Tuesday night and, in a rare comment to the reporters covering his trip, said the weather hadn’t cramped his style.

“I’m having a great time,” he shouted to the waiting press corps. “Doing a lot of reading.”

USA/No word on whether he has finished “Freedom,” the book by Jonathan Franzen that Obama got at a store on the island at the beginning of his vacation.

Prospects for getting out and about may be looking up, however. Weather forecasts show the sun coming out again at the end of the week.

Photo credits: REUTERS/Jim Young (Barack and Michelle Obama leave State Road Restaurant after dinner in West Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts August 24, 2010)

REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (A couple walks along the beach during a northeastern storm in Katama, Massachusetts on the island of Martha’s Vineyard August 23, 2010)


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