VINEYARD HAVEN (CBS) – The First Family made their first public appearance on their Martha’s Vineyard vacation Friday afternoon.

President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their two daughters stopped by the Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven just after noon.

View: Obama’s Vineyard Vacation Photos

A fairly large crowd gathered outside before the president’s motorcade pulled up.

It’s not clear yet what they bought inside.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports

The president shook some hands with the crowd before he left.

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Mister Obama returned to his vacation home at Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark shortly after 1 p.m.

He dropped off his daughters and the motorcade went to the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, for a round of golf with partners Eric Whittaker, Marvin Nicholson and Michael Brush.

The President left the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown and arrived back at his vacation house at Blue Heron Farm at 6:30 pm. He and the First Lady then went to dinner at Beach Plum Inn at Menemsha.

Comments (12)
  1. sullyinma says:

    Is it really necessary to report everything the president does while on vacation? Does anyone really care?

  2. Lynn says:

    so many people are making such a big deal about the Pres. having a vaca to begin with. If any one deservese one, they do.. Now they are tracking him like radar. Let the family REST, have some Privacy and FUN! EVERYONE needs a vacation. Right now my company isnt doing the greatest, but i still need and deserve a vacation. So does Pres. Obama and family.

    1. A says:

      You are not seriously comparing you, your need for vacation and your company not doing well against the President of the United States, a 10% unemployment, a crashing house market, 3 wars and an economy on the edge of collapsing, are you ?

      He is the President of the United States, he gave up privacy the 2nd he decided to run.

      He does deserve vacation and family time, but this is not the time.

      It’s not like they found this Vineyard retreat on Expedia and would loose their money if they postponed it until say… hmmmm he at least has given the american people his now 2 year awaited plan for unemployment for instance

      Just love when people compare him to any other working stiff in the attempt to justify his vacation. Here is a secret for y’all. He is not like any other working stiff. He is the President of the United States and if he can’t show just a touch consideration for his surrounding and the signals he is sending, he should have stayed in Chicago and not run until able to

      And I would tell the same things about any Republican President as well.

      1. The Batman says:

        @ A

        Give it a rest. Number one, no matter what you think, the man can’t wave a magic wand and make all our problems go away. Number two, whatever plan he comes up with would have to be endlessly debated, picked apart and ridiculed by you, those like you and all of our ineffective, inefficient Congresspeople. Number three, President Obama cannot do a single blessed thing until Congress returns from their untimely, inappropriate vacation, so there is not a better time for him to be taking a little time off with his family.

  3. Angry_Gladiator says:

    Nero fiddles while Rome burns…

  4. D Caf says:

    Michelle Obama needs to monitor her own family’s lack of healthy eating and lack of exercise instead of telling US what to do. That little one’s quite hefty and this is years after the pediatrician had to tell her that her kids were overweight. Bright woman – NOT!

  5. A says:

    What book did he get ? “Presidency for Dummies” , “White House, A 1-2-3 Guide”

    1. alan says:

      President purchased The Alphabet Book. It starts off A is for ash hole………..

      1. A says:

        Does it come with spell check ? What is an Ash hole ?

      2. alan says:

        CBS didn’t allow me to use the correct spelling. Your weak comeback tells me you knew that.
        What is an ash hole? Look in the mirror!

  6. Willow says:

    I see some are still upset about Obama’s vacation. Everyone has a right to their opinion. We expect congress to get along with each other, when a handful of people can’t respect one another. Let’s try to prove we’re better then them….please.

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