Rich guys hanging out on the golf course at the Vineyard Golf Club were surprised this week when they were suddenly approached by law enforcement – members of President Barack Obama’s security detail – and frisked without warning.
It was to ensure the safety of the President, who is vacationing and golfing at a rented home in Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts this week and next week. Vacationers and residents were taking in a round of golf and dining at the clubhouse on Tuesday when Obama appeared, prompting immediate searches of everyone in the vicinity.
“Some regulars at the club were said to have been irritated at being frisked by Mr Obama’s security detail, who used hand-held metal detector ‘wands’ to check for concealed weapons,” The Telegraph reported.
The New York Post’s “Page Six” has more:
Regulars at the Vineyard Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard were gobsmacked when President Obama unexpectedly strolled onto a nearby green and they were immediately frisked. “There was no warning he was coming,” sniffed a guest.
“There was security on the way in, but no word as to why they were there.” The member added, “While eating, overlooking the golf course, guests had to stand up and be wanded.” One asked if he could finish his hot soup first, and an Obama security man cracked, ominously, “So, you’re not cooperating?”
Obama reportedly smoothed things over by making the rounds and shaking everyone’s hand.
Wednesday night, the Obamas attended a party at a private residence. A good time was had by all.
Readout of tonight’s social gathering coming shortly – spoiler alert: a good time was had by all.
— Eric Schultz (@Schultz44) August 14, 2014
The Washington Post’s Philip Bump was critical, insinuating that the President and his handlers appear tone-deaf to domestic problems.
It’s 11 p.m. ET, hours after law enforcement officers appeared on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., in armored vehicles, hours after two reporters (including the Post’s Wesley Lowery) were arrested, and shortly after another night of unrest and tear gas unfolded on the streets of the St. Louis suburb.
… Yes, citizens of Ferguson, you may sleep easier tonight knowing that the much-trumpeted party for Vernon Jordan’s wife Ann, the party at which Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were supposed to hug, ended amicably.
Some fellow Democrats are beginning to express their own frustration with the President, accusing him of being uncommunicative and out of touch with rank-and-file incumbents as they prepare for a Congressional midterm election.
“It’s hard for us to fathom; I mean, is it just lack of full staffing and resources?” Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) told The Hill. “[Is it] professional commitment? Is it a disdain for the legislative branch? I mean, what is it? People like me want to be allies [of the President] — I mean, I am an ally. So work with us, reach out to us; you know, we’re not the enemy.”