Obama's Martha's Vineyard snooze-fest; Clinton lights up the Hamptons
There's low-key. And then there's ... well, hate to say it: boring.
The Obama family vacation on Martha's Vineyard -- their second summer on the Massachusetts island -- is shaping up to be a snoozer for all the other Vineyard VIPs. The president popped up to buy books Friday with his daughters and play golf, but the first family has spent each and every evening cloistered in their temporary digs, Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark.
So far, there have been no dinners with Vernon Jordan, nor with Sen. John Kerry, who has a place close by in Nantucket. POTUS passed on a Friday night dance party with Larry David and Bill Murray and skipped a Saturday fundraiser for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, hosted by senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and with guests such as BET's Debra Lee and Harvard professors Charles Ogletree and Henry Louis Gates Jr., reports the Boston Globe.
Yawn. Suddenly, it looks like the blingy Hamptons might be the place to be.
Bill Clinton has been hanging around Sag Harbor, so A-listers descended on the Hamptons in New York on Sunday for his 64th birthday bash. The party was held at the home of longtime aide Doug Band and co-hosted by Hillary Rodham Clinton; guests included Paul McCartney, Katie Couric, Jimmy Buffett, Vera Wang, Christie Brinkley and Matt Lauer, reports the New York Post. On Clinton's actual birthday, Aug. 19, McCartney called him to sing (what else?) "When I'm Sixty-Four."
And since the Clintons are stealing all the limelight this summer, expect further hoopla when new bride Chelsea makes her first post-wedding public appearance Saturday, along with her proud dad, in Bridgehampton for a 60-minute indoor bike ride (yes, spinning for charity!) to benefit the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
Update: Looks like the president finally got cabin fever. On Monday night he and the first lady braved a nasty storm---gale force winds and heavy rain---for a two-hour dinner with Chicago friends Eric and Cheryl Whitaker and Valerie Jarrett at the Sweet Life Cafe, a French-American restaurant in Oak Bluffs.
The Reliable Source
August 24, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
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