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VIP: Very Important Pooch Bo gets a private helicopter and security detail to join First Family’s summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard

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

By  Jessica Jerreat, Associated Press Reporter and Alex Greig

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.

VIP: Very Important Pooch Bo is escorted off the tarmac with his own personal retinue of secret service agentsVIP: Very Important Pooch Bo is escorted off the tarmac  with his own personal retinue of secret service agents
 Faithful hound: The Obama girls Sasha and Malia (seen here with Bo in April) will be pleased their dog has come to join them on holiday in Martha's VineyardFaithful hound: The Obama girls Sasha and Malia (seen  here with Bo in April) will be pleased their dog has come to join them on  holiday in Martha’s Vineyard

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 reacts as he misses a shot while golfing on the first hole at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard on SundayPresident Barack Obama reacts as he misses a shot while  golfing on the first hole at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the  island of Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday
Obama (right) lines up his putt on the first green at the Farm Neck Golf Club at Oak Bluffs on Marthas VineyardObama (right) lines up his putt on the first green at  the Farm Neck Golf Club at Oak Bluffs on Marthas Vineyard
President Barack Obama putts on the first hole at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak BluffsPresident Barack Obama putts on the first hole at Farm  Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs
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 mattersThe 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
President Barack Obama steers his cart while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club. He will be in Martha's Vineyard for eight daysPresident Barack Obama steers his cart while golfing at  Farm Neck Golf Club. He will be in Martha’s Vineyard for eight days
President Barack Obama waves to a group of on-lookers.

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 White House says Obama plans no official public appearances but will receive daily briefings on national security and domestic issuesThe White House says Obama plans no official public  appearances but will receive daily briefings on national security and domestic  issues
 

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.

Before: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave goodbye as they leave Orlando for a family vacation at Martha's VineyardBefore: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle  Obama wave goodbye as they leave Orlando for a family vacation at Martha’s  Vineyard
Hello vacation time: Looking more comfortable the President traded his suit for a button down and pair of khakis, while the first lady removed her proper pearlsVacation time: Looking more comfortable the President  traded his suit for a button down and pair of khakis, while the first lady  removed her proper pearls
Tranquil: Floor to ceiling windows look out across the ocean Tranquil: Floor to ceiling windows look out across the  ocean
Obama arrives in Martha’s Vineyard for eight-day  vacation

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.

Looking presidential: The President and first lady are dressed to the nine's as they leave the White House for Orlando, Florida where they addressed the Disabled American Veterans National ConventionLooking presidential: The President and first lady are  dressed to the nine’s as they leave the White House for Orlando, Florida where  they addressed the Disabled American Veterans National Convention
Bo came too!: Bo, the First Family's Portuguese waterdog, departs a Marine helicopter, as US President Obama and the First Lady landed at Martha's VineyardBo came too!: Bo, the First Family’s Portuguese  waterdog, departs a Marine helicopter, as US President Obama and the First Lady  landed at Martha’s Vineyard
Ready to run: Bo, President Barack Obama's dog arrived with the first family in Martha's Vineyard for the President's vacation Ready to run: Bo, President Barack Obama’s dog arrived  with the first family in Martha’s Vineyard for the President’s vacationIt is not known how much the Obamas paid to  stay at the house, which was found for them by their broker who  specializes in  finding vacation homes for prominent politicians and  royalty who have specific  security needs.

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.

Holiday home: The Obamas are staying at a $7.6 million vacation house in Martha's VineyardHoliday home: The Obamas are staying at a $7.6 million  vacation house in Martha’s Vineyard
Private: The home is set in nine and a half acres and has a guest house that could house secret service agentsPrivate: The home is set in nine and a half acres and  has a guest house that could house secret service agents
Exclusive: The luxury home will be the perfect place for the First Family to relax and entertain friendsExclusive: The luxury home will be the perfect place for  the First Family to relax and entertain friends
Lush: Chilmark House is set on the coast and comes with an infinity pool and tennis courtsLush: Chilmark House is set on the coast and comes with  an infinity pool and tennis courts

The Obamas’ vacation home is on the  south  coast of the Massachusetts elite playground, which is favored for  visitors who  need extra security.

At the entrance of the home, which  was built  in 1961 and renovated in 2006, is a giant bolder left by a  retreating glacier  in the Ice Age, according to Sundberg Kennedy  Ly-Au  Young Architects.

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.

Natural: A boulder left by a glacier in the Ice Age is next to the entrance of the Rick Sundberg-designed houseNatural: A boulder left by a glacier in the Ice Age is  next to the entrance of the Rick Sundberg-designed house

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