There were back-to-back days of hourslong golf outings, including a round in the rain Monday at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown with Washington power broker Vernon Jordan, former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Allison Davis, another Obama associate from Chicago. Obama returned to the club Wednesday to play with Kirk, World Bank President Jim Kim and Comcast executive Brian Roberts.
Afterward, he and the first lady headed to Roberts' waterfront home in Vineyard Haven, spending nearly two hours there before they went to the contemporary American State Road Restaurant for dinner.
On Sunday, the playground of choice was Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs with White House aides Marvin Nicholson and Sam Kass, a chef, and Robert Wolf, a Wall Street consultant and Obama campaign fundraiser. Wolf sits on Obama's export council; he previously served on the president's jobs council and economic recovery advisory board.
Sunday night also had the president and first lady dining out at Sweet Life Cafe in Oak Bluffs, a contemporary French-American restaurant they've eaten at on previous vacations here.
They attended a cocktail party Monday at the home of campaign adviser Broderick Johnson and his wife, NPR journalist Michele Norris.
Obama spent most of Tuesday in Oak Bluffs. He picked up a to-go meal of fried oysters, shrimp, onion rings and french fries from Nancy's Restaurant and took it to the nearby rental home of senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who also vacations on Martha's Vineyard. He burned it off by playing basketball at an Oak Bluffs school with Nicholson, Kass and Eric Whitaker, the president's close buddy from Chicago, before picking up Mrs. Obama and heading west to Menemsha for a return visit to the Beach Plum Inn, voted the island's most romantic getaway by Martha's Vineyard magazine. The restaurant is also known for its sunset views.