First Leg of Vacation Over, Obama Heads for D.C.
By Michael D. Shear
OAK BLUFFS, Mass. -- President Obama and his family prepared to depart Martha's Vineyard today, heading back to the White House for two days before taking another break before school begins, this time at Camp David.
Air Force One was scheduled to depart the area at just before 5 p.m, getting the president back to the White House at about 6:30. But before they left, the First Family made one more island outing, visiting a local general store in the town of West Tisbury.
Obama, his daughters Malia and Sasha, and First Niece Suhaila, the daughter of First Sister Maya Soetoro Ng, spent about five minutes in the store. Obama was dressed in a Chicago White Sox baseball hat, jeans and a black fleece jacket. Malia wore a t-shirt and black jacket. Sasha and Suhaila were both in pink jackets.
"Malia, did you figure something out?" Obama asked as he suggested things the girls might buy. "Hey, what about these, Malia?" he said, standing in front of a display of earrings.
Obama bought candies for the girls: Nerds and astronaut ice cream. The woman behind the counter -- Maya, she told him -- prompted a surprised response from the leader of the free world.
"Hey that's my sister's name," he said, pointing to Suhaila. "Her mom's name is Maya."
Obama and the girls then went to Garcia's Deli and Bakery, where he bought an oatmeal raisin cookie -wrapped in plastic, and shook it in the air saying "this is a classic" and chatted with employees and posed for a photo before heading out.
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