We’re still a month away from the annual Obama Family Summer Vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, but preparations are already underway on the tony New England isle so that when the First Family makes their debut, they’ll be as comfortable as possible. The Obamas will officially arrive August 8th and stay until August 23rd unless, like last year, the President’s golf game is rudely interrupted by tensions in the Middle East.
Last year, the Obamas were forced to make last-minute changes to their plans when their preferred vacation mansion sold to new owners. Their substitute locale must have been surprisingly pleasing, since they will return this year, to the 8,100 square foot, $12 million Chilmark mansion.
August is coming, so you know what that means: President Obama and the fam will be coming, too. Barry, Michelle and the girls, Sasha and Malia, are scheduled to arrive for their annual summer holiday on Martha’s Vineyard on Aug. 8 and will depart Aug. 23, say our island spies.
The first family reportedly will stay in the same swanky 8,100-square-foot, seven-bedroom, nine-bath cottage in Chilmark that they vacationed in last year.
Say this for the Obamas, they like their routines. The prez and his posse have spent 10 to 14 days on The Rock every summer of his presidency save 2012, when he was running for re-election. Because, you know, rubbing elbows with the rich and famous on one of the most exclusive island retreats in the country doesn’t go down well with the hoi polloi.
Technically, as one alert reader pointed out to us last week, the rich and famous technically are the “hoi polloi,” but we’ll give the Globe the benefit of the doubt because he piece is so deliciously snarky it’s almost impossible to fault them for misusing a commonly misused word.
The mansion is, sadly, not on a beach, but it has plenty of access to the exclusive Farm Neck and Vineyard golf courses President Obama loves ($170 a round for Farm Neck; Vineyard is by invitation only), shops and restaurants, and features its own infinity pool. And I’m sure that the Obamas can easily amuse themselves wandering about the mansion’s 17 rooms, or the estate’s 10 acres of grounds.
And when the Obama’s don’t feel like leaving their cozy cottage, they can have amenities brought to them as well. In fact, an in-home manicurist has been booked for three days per week, each week of the Obama’s stay. Because there’s nothing that can ruin a vacation faster than a bad manicure.
The home is, of course, owned by a Democratic donor, Joanna Hubschman, though she and her late husband contributed more significantly to Hillary’s campaign than Barack’s.