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A beach vacation in the rain

By Scott Wilson

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. -- The weather here is awful, turning the island into a blustery, rain-soaked mess for the First Family's vacation. Much of their fun has, by necessity, moved indoors during the days-long storm.

For the first time since their arrival four days earlier, President Obama and the first lady braved a gale-force wind to dine out Monday evening in Oak Bluffs, choosing the French-American cuisine of The Sweet Life Café.

Joining them were Valerie Jarrett, a close family friend and one of the president's senior advisers, and Chicago pals Eric and Cheryl Whitaker. The First Couple received a round of applause from onlookers for venturing out on a night when the 30-are farm they've rented would have provided an understandable sanctuary.

Obama has only gotten in two rounds of golf, just beating the weather Sunday morning for his most recent one. He stocked up on a few large novels during a bookstore visit last week, including Jonathan Franzen's 576-page "Freedom."

He has yet to make a dent in that one, Bill Burton, the White House deputy press secretary, told reporters here Tuesday during a morning briefing. Instead, he's been enjoying some guilt-free nesting with family and friends, hunched over Scrabble and Taboo (a word-game) with the harsh weather outside.

"I'll probably get fired for saying this," Burton said before announcing that Jarrett "did not do well" against Obama in Scrabble.

Forecasts predict the weather clearing Thursday - in time for a blizzard of golf before the First Family's scheduled departure three days later.

By Scott Wilson  |  August 24, 2010; 12:33 PM ET
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Most Americans are hoping he stays on vacation. At least, while he is on vacation he cannot be doing anymore damage to this country. Meanwhile he bashes America to the UN. Arizona and other states prisons are overflowing with Criminal Illegals and they fail to deport them. Illegals are provided with "Bingo night" and "flower arranging" on our dime, (meanwhile he refuses to acknowledge that the reason Arizona has to have tent prison is that their prisons is overflowing with illegals. Americans want him IMPEACHED.

Posted by: shirleyannlake | August 27, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I'd have a great time on vacation too, whether it's raining or not, if somebody else was paying for it.

Posted by: jellymon | August 25, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

When William Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, R. Kelly, and Malik Shabazz appeared in the White House visitors log recently, a White House spokesman claimed these were not the people you think they are, these are other people with the same name.

However while vacationing, Obama is free to meet with anyone he wants to.

Posted by: hunter340 | August 25, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Well, well, well ....... It looks like it's raining on Obama's recovery summer also.

Posted by: richard36 | August 25, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

I tried to be a Republican - but I'm just not bitter enough or delusional enough. The sense of common decency and common sense will forever keep me out of the teabag set. THANK YOU GOD!!!

Posted by: CenterLeft | August 25, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

get a life, buddy

Posted by: sankarman | August 24, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh good,and so who says GOD doesn't have a great sense of humor anyhow here?..Since, it looks like God and Mother Nature just told His Royal Muslim in Chief Vacationer
and AWOL President Barack Hussein Obama and
Michelle Obama YOUR ALL WET! lol Oh yes I do agree with other posters here that it is
too bad Barack Hussein and Michelle Obama
and their two ugly spoiled brats didn't
drown and so Drunken Joe Biden could finish
Obama One & Only Term In The White House!

Posted by: carleen09 | August 24, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh my God! Der Fuhrer's vacation rained on? He will have Eric von Holder, the head of the secret police, open a case against God next!

Posted by: madmike272 | August 24, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh how funny! So thank you God for hearing our prayers,but why didn't you just drown
Der Leader Muslim In Chief Endless Vacationer Arrogance Barack Hussein Obama
and Jet Set Queen Michelle Obama and their
two useless spoiled brats for all of us and
end The Obama Insanity Dear God! Impeach Obama & Return Obama Family To Kenya Now!

Posted by: sandy5274 | August 24, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

More Spinning."THE ONE" is such a GENIUS!

He beats a slum Lord( Jarrett)in Scrabble.
Listen to Barry talk WITHOUT a teleprompter, it is painful.

If HE is such a GENIUS, why is Barry afraid to release his LSAT, SAT, and university grades? George Bush did.

Posted by: beecheery | August 24, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Do you people scour the Internet for articles about the president that you can post hateful comments on? Don't you have anything better to do, like jobs or something? (And, BTW, you really need some new material!) It's obvious from the time you appear to spend surfing the net that the president is working harder than you are.

Posted by: jac13 | August 24, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse


URGENT TO PRESIDENT OBAMA, c/o Axelrod, Jarrett, VP Biden:

Mr. President: There is no vacation from "anti-functional" silent microwave radio frequency torture and impairment being inflicted on thousands, perhaps millions, of extra-legally targeted Americans -- the victims of a Bush-Cheney- spawned fusion center- based Gestapo that your administration inexplicably allows to continue to commit CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND THE CONSTITUTION.

Even you, and those close to other high officials, may be in the electromagnetic cross-hairs of a heinous covert program of extrajudicial targeting, torture and impairment -- a silent American genocide.

Access to this cell tower- based weapon system has been franchised out widely -- too widely to control. The system must be DISMANTLED; its only purpose is torture, impairment, and slow-kill homicide -- in the word of government officials, "anti-functional."

Please read this veteran journalist's exposes of the war crimes occurring now on YOUR watch:

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 24, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama should get his own reality show, it could be like the lives of the Rich and Famous and Americans could watch it and Dream the American Dream.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 24, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I agree with georges2. We should all be grateful that the guy believes in mucho vacations. The money we get taken to the cleaners for by subdizing his breaks is far less than the amount he'd take us for if he were actually working. He does work, doesn't he?

Posted by: AnnieP1 | August 24, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I guess this means another vacation will be coming up soon. That's okay. I feel safer when this jerk is out of Washington!

Posted by: georges2 | August 24, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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