Thursday, August 15, 2013

President Obama And Sam Kass Play Vineyard Golf...Again

The Senior Policy Advisor joins the President for his fourth trip to the links...
Martha's Vineyard, MA - After delivering a statement on Thursday morning condemning a government crackdown in Egypt, President Barack Obama returned to his typical vacation routine:  Golf.  Joined by Let's Move! Executive Director Sam Kass and two White House aides, the President got in a quick game at the Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Haven.  Kass and the President, frequent golf partners, have played at the club together before (above, on the course in 2009; Kass is in orange).   

The President and his party arrived at Mink Meadows shortly after 11:00 AM and played for a little more than two hours; the course is nine holes.  It's the second time Kass has joined his boss on the links during this vacation; they played together on Sunday at Farm Neck Golf Club for the President's first visit to the links after arriving on island.  Tuesday was chilly and rainy, so the President played hoops instead, and Kass was part of that game, too.

A star baseball player in high school and college, the Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy credits the President with his enthusiasm for golf; both are lefties, like golf great Arnold Palmer.  Kass also played with the President at Mink Meadows in 2011, and among other games, he led the winning foursome for President Obama's birthday golf "tournament" this year, held in the DC area on Aug. 3.

White House aides Marvin Nicholson and Mike Brush completed the President's foursome on Thursday, the President's fourth game since his vacation started.  As is standard policy, no scores were released.

The President departed the Club at 1:30 PM, and the White House called a full lid after he arrived back at his rental compound in Chilmark at 1:53 PM.  A spokesman said First Daughters Malia and Sasha arrived today on island, and they will spend the remainder of the vacation with their parents.  

Ahead of his seven-minute statement on Egypt this morning, the President was briefed by his National Security team, the White House said, and released the photo above of Mr. Obama on the conference call.  It took place in Chilmark, according to the photo caption on the White House Flickr.

The President is scheduled to return to Washington, DC, on Sunday, Aug. 18th.

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*Top photo by AP/Pool; second by Amanda Lucidon/White House