.

Obama Family Cheered by Crowds in Oak Bluffs

With daughters Sasha and Malia joining their parents on Martha's Vineyard, the Obama family vacation really got rolling Friday with a bike ride in the morning and a prime view of the Oak Bluffs fireworks that night.

2011 file photo. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia bicycled though the State Forest Friday morning on their 2013 vacation. The girls arrived Thursday afternoon to join their parents.
2011 file photo. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia bicycled though the State Forest Friday morning on their 2013 vacation. The girls arrived Thursday afternoon to join their parents.

From pool reports, updated 7 p.m. Friday:


The First Family took a bike ride through the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest Friday morning and had dinner at the Oak Bluffs home of presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett, next door to the Lookout Tavern on Sea View Avenue Extension and a prime viewing spot for the annual Oak Bluffs fireworks display that evening.

As the Obamas' motorcade passed through Oak Bluffs Friday evening, crowds swarmed on the sidewalks. The motorcade passed by Flying Horses going the wrong way on a one-way street and arrived at Jarrett's house at 6:11 p.m.

As the president, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia entered the house, cheers erupted among the crowds of people who were gathered at homes nearby.

The house is traditional Vineyard style with cedar shingles and a front porch. It faces the water. Secret Service agents were fanned out across the lawn. Marvin Nicholson was standing on the porch with some other aides. 

Earlier Friday:


Across the street from the West Tisbury School, a small group of onlookers were screened before being allowed to stay. At a few minutes after 11 a.m., Sasha Obama and her mother rode by the press pool and onlookers, followed a few minutes later by President Obama and Malia.

First Lady Michelle Obama wore white capris and a light blue tank top; Sasha had on florescent green shorts, pink sneakers and a pink helmet.

The president was in a blue short-sleeve polo shirt and khaki shorts. Malia wore orange shorts and a blue T-shirt. 

All four of them had on helmets. They were trailed by Secret Service agents on bikes. Several Suburbans in the motorcade then pulled onto the trail to follow.

As Obama passed the group near West Tisbury School, he smiled, and said, "Hi guys! Nice day, huh? Gorgeous!"

A reporter asked if he was having a good time and he said, "Having a great time as always." 

Check back with Martha's Vineyard Patch for more about the Obama family visit. To receive email updates, follow our Government & Politics group

More stories:

Amin Hamdi August 16, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Shouldn't the narcissist in chief be playing a fiddle, while Rome burns?
Fielding Mellish August 16, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Well said, Mr. Hamdi.
Aron Levy August 16, 2013 at 05:00 PM
How dare he spend quality time with his wife and children: the fiend! (Seriously. You people are beyond pity.)
chris gargan August 17, 2013 at 08:35 AM
Honest to pete: do the haters never give it a rest? Amin, in case you haven't noticed, since they failed to cover it on Faux News, Mr. Obama has put the fire out that your great leader started. It must gall you, that despite the best efforts of politicians and oligarchs who hate ordinary Americans, that we have been out of recession for years, have stopped running deficits, are winding down from stupid and unnecessary wars, and actually don't have the whole world hating us for a change. But please, don't stop with the hate.
Aron Levy August 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM
He is. You're just ignorant haters.
Aron Levy August 17, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Allen West. Allen West? You expect me to listen to a convicted WAR CRIMINAL? You've got all kinds of loose screws, pal.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »