By Judy Kurtz
President Obama is wasting no time hitting the links on his two-week vacation.
The commander in chief went to the golf course his first two days in Martha’s Vineyard.
Obama also ventured back to the course the next day, accompanied by three golfing partners.
The putting green has been a staple of the first family’s vacation plans, which have included a visit to the Massachusetts island every year except 2012, when it would have fallen smack in the middle of the presidential election campaign season.
Picking up a club was also one of the first moves Obama made during his August stay last year.
But heading to the golf course isn’t the only thing the Obamas have on tap during their getaway.
There will be a bit of business for the midterm elections. On Monday night, Obama will also a fundraiser on the island for Senate Democrats, who are battling to keep their upper chamber majority.
There will also be some dining out.
The White House residents are regulars at Nancy’s Restaurant and Snack Bar, where they usually indulge in some far-from-low-cal finger food feasts. Last year, Obama ordered fried shrimp, fried oysters, onion rings, and French fries at the no-reservations Martha’s Vineyard eatery.
At least some of that oil-soaked meal gets burned off when the Obamas go for their traditional bike ride as a family. The president and Michelle Obama, along with daughters Sasha and Malia, have made pedaling through the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest a signature part of their annual excursion.
Obama has also in years past taken his now-teenage girls on an outing to a local bookstore called Bunch of Grapes. In 2011, Obama left the literary haven with at least two books in hand, including, Room by Emma Donoghue and The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell. Sasha and Malia also picked up a book each, reportedly to fulfill a summer reading list requirement.
Obama could go to a book signing at the store on Wednesday by Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of State. She’ll be signing her latest autobiography.
A commander in chief never truly gets a chance at 24/7 R&R, and like presidents before him, Obama has been the target of critics for his vacations (and his penchant for golf).
This year, Obama intends to interrupt his fun in the summer sun to return to the White House for “a day or two of in-person meetings,” according to White House press secretary Josh Earnest. He’ll then head back to Martha’s Vineyard.
During past vacations, the president has been photographed appearing to show he’s still on the clock. A 2013 photo released by the White House showed Obama on the phone during his summer vacation, talking to his national security team about the volatile situation in Egypt. A 2011 snapshot during the August break showed Obama receiving a national security briefing.