OAK BLUFFS - Just how blasé is Martha's Vineyard being about President Obama's return trip to the Rock? Even as the first family touched down yesterday to begin a 10-day stay, folks on the island barely raised an eyebrow.
"Is that today?" said Rev. Eugene Rivers III when asked about Obama's afternoon arrival.
Truth be told, the fiery pastor, the co-founder of Boston's TenPoint Coalition and a big Obama supporter, was far more focused on his lunch with "'Tree" - Harvard professor Charles Ogletree - at Deon's, a Caribbean-themed restaurant in Oak Bluffs, than on the Obamas.
"How long are they here for?" said Rivers.
Unlike last summer, when Obama's visit was met with a mix of awe and anticipation - would Oprah Winfrey and Jay-Z also show up? - residents and rubberneckers seem to be taking the summer White House in stride this year.
"Who wouldn't want him to come in, but I'd rather see him get the same level rest and relaxation as every other tourist," said Zita Cousens, owner of Cousen Rose Gallery.
But Cousens could still meet the president. She's been vetted by the Secret Service to attend tomorrow's fundraiser for Governor Deval Patrick at hotelier Dick Friedman's house, and there's a all chance Obama will attend. (We'e told the president' close friend and advisor Valerie Bowman will be there.)
Of course, everyone who'shaving a party, fundraiser, or book-signing here this week hopes Obama might stop by. Or send one of his surrogates. Kerry Scott, owner of Good Dog Goods in Oak Bluffs, is the organizer of the Martha's Vineyard Dog Parade, which is expected to attract hundreds of dogs to Ocean Park Sunday. Did she invite first dog Bo?
"Through a friend of a friend, yes," said Scott, whose canine-loving customers include actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. "Last year, someone in the foreign press asked me, 'What is this?" I said, 'It's fun.' But it'd be even more fun with Bo."
Not to worry. Between golfing at Farm Neck, Mink Meadows, and Vineyard Golf Club; taking bike rides with his family; and perhaps doing some fishing with Buddy Vanderhoop, the de facto fishing guide to the stars on the island, Obama will have plenty to do.
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