A cardboard cut-out of President Obama on the porch of Good Dog Goods, a specialty dog shop in Oak Bluffs, last August. (Globe staff photo/ Bill Greene)
Is the first family planning a return trip to Martha's Vineyard this summer? Word on the Rock is that President Obama is weighing another Vineyard vacation, this time for two weeks at the end of August. Last summer, you'll recall, the Obamas cut their week-long sojourn short after the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. Real-estate types on the island tell us the Secret Service has inquired about potential rental properties, but nothing is confirmed. "It's definitely happening," said one well-connected islander. Others are not so sure. Responding to an email today, a person close to the president said he doubted Obama will be on the Vineyard this summer. The White House, meanwhile, has yet to say anything about the president's summer plans, and a spokesperson declined to comment today. Last summer, Obama spent his time on the island playing golf and taking bike rides with his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha. While not exactly ho-hum about hosting commanders-in-chief, islanders have grown accustomed to the security and trafffic that are part of a presidential visit. And however bothersome that may be, they agree such visits are a boon to the local economy. While the Clintons vacationed in Edgartown, the Obamas bunked at Blue Heron Farm, a bucolic 28-acre estate in Chilmark. The sprawling property includes a white Victorian farmhouse, a barn, shed, orchard, elaborate gardens, swimming pool, golf tee, and a basketball court.
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