The Obamas Are Spending Another Summer Vacation at Martha's Vineyard
Since leaving office, the Obamas have become the ultimate globetrotting family.
In just the last few months, Barack and Michelle Obama have been spotted aboard mega-yachts in French Polynesia, dining with Bono in New York City, kiteboarding off Richard Branson's private island in the Caribbean, lounging and sightseeing at a private Italian estate, and even taking their daughters, Sasha and Malia, on an epic vacation to Bali.
And while the former first family could likely visit anywhere in the world, it appears they're going to be spending the last remaining days of summer at an old standby destination: Martha's Vineyard.
“They're coming in this weekend,” Ann Crook, general manager of the Martha's Vineyard Airport, told the Martha's Vineyard Times on Wednesday. “I can't get any more specific than that.”
Crook did note that the Obama's trip to the famed New England island, which perfectly coincides with the former president's 56th birthday, will be a bit different than their previous visits. Since the family is no longer in office they do not require the same level of security as before, such as requiring the air space above the island to be restricted.
“It's a little more than your run-of-the-mill celebrity, but not much,” Crook said.
The island must mean something special to the entire Obama family. As the Martha's Vineyard Times pointed out, they spent seven out of eight summer vacations at the island while in the White House. The only year the Obamas skipped was in 2012 when the president was busy running for re-election.
And although the Obamas nor their secret service detail would confirm the impending visit, Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio wrote in an email to the Times that some of his troopers have been pulled in to assist in a security operation for the family.