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Martha's Vineyard Plays Proud Host to Obamas

Passers-by walk past a chalk board outside a restaurant advertising food and drinks featuring names that draw inspiration from President Obama, in the downtown section of Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. (Steven Senne/Associated Press)

By Michael D. Shear
"Today's Special," it reads. "Barack O'Brownie Sundae." Ingredients: "Barocky Road, Barack-o-Brownie, Whipped Cream, Nuts, Cherry, Hot Fudge."

The island of Martha's Vineyard has hosted Barack Obama before, but not like this. He was here five, maybe six times in the past decade. But never as president. And that makes all the difference.

Signs everywhere welcome the president to the island, despite the fact that few people who live and work here are likely to even glimpse the commander in chief, who remains largely holed-up in his exclusive, 28-acre resort on the southwest side of the island.

A few lucky folks might catch a glimpse of the First Motorcade as it speeds across the tiny island. It's hard to miss here. And some might see him on the semi-private golf course.

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Posted at 10:45 AM ET on Aug 25, 2009  | Category:  Vacation Time
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It's a pity jaked never found his true calling: crafting unsolicited e-mails about erectile malfunction. His talents would shine there.

Posted by: nodebris | August 26, 2009 12:02 AM

JakeD - The only thing more ridculous than your hanging onto that ridiculous birther mantra is your incredible ignorance towards the truth. You are a tool for the Right wing strategists as they pick your pocket (ie health care) and use you as a mouthpiece. Thank you for discrediting yourself once again.

Posted by: gregp1 | August 25, 2009 6:19 PM

Not everyone’s going to be happy to see the first black first family tossing the Frisbee around next week. In the last month, the president’s critics, particularly on the right, have, in their customarily hypocritical, player-hating fashion, been holding him to a higher standard than past presidents: No other president would be expected to cheerfully put up with armed dissenters at their events. No other president would be expected to turn over a birth certificate—after he had already turned over a birth certificate. No other president would be denied a little R&R after six grueling months. But the vacation backlash is already starting.

Posted by: gregp1 | August 25, 2009 6:14 PM

TO: V. Jarrett, D. Axelrod, R. Emanuel, R. Gibbs, White House (staff, please forward)

Please see urgent message to POTUS from "scrivener" in the "comments" section of this article on "The Root" --

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 25, 2009 1:05 PM

That's assuming that Obama is even a natural-born citizen and therefore "President".

Posted by: JakeD | August 25, 2009 12:25 PM

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