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Obamas Will Not Be Returning to Martha’s Vineyard this Summer

An election year and a lost rental mean no first family for the Island this summer

With the approach of summer many are wondering whether the Obama’s would return to the Island for another vacation. Well, today the Boston Herald reported that, “President Obama will not return to Martha’s Vineyard.”

The fact that it’s an election year is certainly a factor in the decision not to vacation. Plus, since , the Chilmark estate that the Obama’s rented for the past two years, was sold last fall to Lord Norman and Lady Elena Foster, an architect and arts publisher from Great Britain, it’s no real surprise that we won’t see Malia and Sasha playing Whack-a-Mole at the Ag Fair.

There are many who will call this good news. No motorcades, no mobs outside of . Others will find this bad news. Business owners especially will miss those same crowds and the potential for a presidential photo op to hang on their establishment’s wall for eternity.

What do you think it will mean for the Vineyard that we won’t have a presidential visit this summer? Tell us in the comments!

anne May 10, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Damned if he does,damned if he doesn't,
Slammer May 10, 2012 at 03:29 PM
He could stay somewhere else on the island. Everyone needs a little R&R once in a while.
Mathea Morais (Editor) May 10, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I agree, I liked having them here. Perhaps they'll come back the following year
Martha Magee May 10, 2012 at 04:48 PM
It's always exciting to have a President here! Especially one you like..;-)) And, yes, it is of course good for local business. Main thing is, I hope the Obama Family will still get to have a real family vacation this summer, far from the madding crowd. The island will miss you, Mr. President. Have a great summer with Michelle, Sasha, Malia and Bo wherever you decide to go. Be happy. Be safe. Come back when you can. Just remember one thing: YES WE CAN !!!!!
pam May 10, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I am so sorry I won't get a chance to see the First Family again but will cherish when I was able to see him last summer. I hope they come back again but wish him the very best. Be safe. YES WE CAN & YES WE WILL!!!!!! 4 MORE YEARS.
Martha Magee May 10, 2012 at 07:29 PM
And YES WE DID!!!! And YES WE ARE!!!!!!
Saucy OB May 11, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Obummer! just kidding I don't really care either way!!!
William Glazer May 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Maybe we will go back to "normal"?
Skip Finley May 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I'd be surprised if POTUS doesnt at least do a stop over for a fund raiser. But I think most will miss another cool family on The Rock
Eddie Mac May 11, 2012 at 01:02 PM
He gets his "R&R" by doing nothing but travelling everywhere to try to get re-elected Good riddance ! He and his family were a nuisance each August for the past three years . Bye Bye and let somewhere else put up with the aggravation !
Eddie Mac May 11, 2012 at 01:05 PM
More like dam we are glad he is not (ever, hopefully) coming back here. Go to your house in Chicago
Paul French May 11, 2012 at 03:07 PM
The guy is constantly on R&R never mind MOooooshell! Now on our $$$$$ he is campaigning with the stars!
Paul French May 11, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Can do what Exactly?????????
Maggie Dempsey May 11, 2012 at 05:19 PM
As someone who lives less than 1 mile down the road from Blue Heron Farm, I'm happy they're not coming back. Chilmark is bloated at best by the summer crowds, adding in the First Family had us at what felt like a bursting point. Not to mention the unmarked black helicopter flyovers skimming the top of the house for weeks surrounding their visit, and all the Secret Service cars "covertly" parked on my road... Yeah, we didn't notice that at all.
James May 28, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Only an ignoramus would not want the President and his family to visit their location. A presidential visit can only elevate the profile of a restaurant, location, beach, etc. Business makes the world go round and any increase in anyone's business should be a welcome occurrence. Why, when the country is in such dire economic straits (caused by previous administrations) would anyone be happy that local businesses will lose income? If you can't deal with 5 days of crowds because of a visit of a celebrity then shop accordingly and run your errands beforehand and stay indoors whenever the president is in town. For 10 months out of the year, unless you're a drinker there is nothing but tumbleweed and boredom on this island. Bring on the vacationers!
Martha Magee May 28, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I love that word, "ignoramus". ; -))

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