EEV: All this expense for a dog?
- First Family returned to the elite vacation spot after skipping annual holiday before last year’s election
- Bo, the Obama family’s beloved dog, arrived for the holiday in a MV-22 Osprey aircraft
- He will enjoy an eight-day holiday with plenty of manicured grass to run around in
PUBLISHED: 00:41 EST, 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 00:41 EST, 12 August 2013
The Obama’s dog has arrived for the family’s annual vacation in style, jetting in on a state-of-the-art aircraft with his own contingent of security agents.
Bo, the Obama’s beloved Portuguese water hound, was airlifted from the White House to rendezvous with his family at Martha’s Vineyard.
Going on vacation is no mean feat for the First Family, with more than 70 secret service agents to find rooms for, public roads to be closed for the President’s outings – and the first pooch must be ferried over in a Marine Corps chopper.
President Barack Obama teed off his Martha’s Vineyard vacation with his favorite pastime – golf. But he had a rough start, as reporters – given a rare glimpse of the president’s golf game – watched him overshoot the first hole by about 15 feet.
He then missed his first putt and reacted by leaning back, kicking his knee up and letting out an ‘Ooooh.’ His next putt was also a miss and his third finally made it in the hole.
Obama hit the Farm Neck Golf Club for his first outing of a weeklong stay on the exclusive Massachusetts island where he arrived Saturday afternoon. The course is open to the public and overlooks Nantucket Sound.
President Barack Obama waves to a group of on-lookers. Obama regularly vacations on the island, but is staying for the first time at the $7.6 million Chilmark home of Chicago friend David Schulte
The president was golfing Sunday with aide Marvin Nicholson, White House chef Sam Kass and Robert Wolf, a Wall Street consultant who has advised him on financial matters.
Obama regularly vacations on the island, but is staying for the first time at the $7.6 million Chilmark home of Chicago pal David Schulte.
The White House says Obama plans no official public appearances but will receive daily briefings on national security and domestic issues.
Getting on the plane from Orlando the Obama’s sported a smart look with the President donning a suit and Michelle Obama meticulously attired with pearls and a belt around her sun dress.
However, when the first couple disembarked in Martha’s Vineyard they were ready for their vacation to start, as Obama had changed into a pair of chinos and Michelle ditched the pearls and belt.
The First Family have been vacationing on the Vineyard for years, but this is the first time they will stay at the luxury four-bedroom Chilmark House designed by architect Rick Sundberg.
With wall-to-ceiling windows, the 5,000sq ft home has stunning views over the ocean, as well as an infinity pool, tennis courts and a half basketball court.
Half the cost of the President’s holiday is met by the taxpayer, and the Obamas pay for the remainder, although they have met the full cost of the vacation home, which is owned by private equity expert David Schulte, according to Bloomberg.
Mr Schulte contributed to both of the President’s election campaigns and his run for the Senate.
He has previously found rentals for the Clintons and also found the Blue Heron Farm where the Obamas previously stayed for years, until it was sold to a British architect for $22.4 million.
A property expert in the town of Vineyard Haven told MailOnline that Chilmark House would ‘likely run in the $40,000 to $60,000 range for the eight-day stay.’
It is estimated the cost of the entire vacation, including the 75 rooms booked at a nearby hotel for staff and security, could reach $2 million.
The Obamas’ vacation home is on the south coast of the Massachusetts elite playground, which is favored for visitors who need extra security.
A guest house set in its nine and a half acres of gardens could be used by secret service agents, who will accompany the family.
With the President’s approval rating at 46 per cent, according to Gallup, there has been criticism that his decision to vacation in such an elite spot is insensitive, according to the Huffington Post.
When he was seeking reelection last year, he skipped the family’s usual vacation, but this year he plans to play golf with friends and relax with Michelle and his daughters.
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