Vacationing Obama Visits Friend’s Home
August 20, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
OAK BLUFFS, Mass., Aug. 20 (UPI) — President Obama, on vacation with his family in Massachusetts, spent part of Saturday at a social event at a friend’s home in Oak Bluffs.
After a 20-minute motorcade from Blue Heron Farm where he and his family are staying, Obama arrived at the home of Harvard University Professor Charles Ogletree at 5:20 p.m. for what deputy press secretary Josh Earnest called “an informal reception.” Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett also attended.
A number of people plunked down lawn chairs along a street near the Ogletree residence, located in a quiet neighborhood of shingled homes, and others had cameras in hopes of snapping a photo of the president’s arrival. Someone put up a sign that said, “Welcome Mr. President to Alpine Street.”
Shortly before 6:30 p.m., the president’s motorcade began the trip back to Blue Heron Farm, with several people waving large American flags near Ogletree’s house and larger crowds accumulating along the route. A few onlookers taking pictures of the motorcade as it went past Alley’s General Store.
Earlier in the day, a White House official said the president had bought several books for his daughters and two for himself during a stop at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven on Friday.
The president picked out “The Bayou Trilogy,” a collection by Daniel Woodrell, and “Rodin’s Debutante” by Ward Just for himself. He also brought along “Cutting for Stone,” a novel by Abraham Verghese, “To the End of the Land,” a novel by David Grossman, and “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson, described as the story of America’s Great Migration.
There was no word on what he picked out for his girls.