Subject: Travel pool report #2
We have “news.” The pool got a rare glimpse of the president’s golf game in action:
At 12:15, we were led to a wooded area on the first hole, about 150 yards from the hole. POTUS was out on the course with Marvin Nicholson, Robert Wolf and Sam Kass, per White House.
The pool saw Obama, wearing white shirt and khaki shorts, approach his ball and chip it up on the green, overshooting by about 15 feet. His first put was a miss, which Obama reacted to by leaning back and kicking his knee up, as if trying to coax the ball into breaking right. He let out a little, “Ooooh,” as it happned. Do see photos.
Next one missed, too. Last one he just dragged in the hole.
Pool could see what looked like a little light banter and ribbing among the group, but could not hear.
I am truly sorry Wapo’s David Nakamura, former sportswriter, was not on duty today.
We’re back in the vans holding.
Subject: Travel pool report #1 — Golf
Greetings from the island. It’s a sparkling, sunny day for the Obamas’ first full day of vacation. The sky is blue. The breeze is light. The pool is chipper and well rested. The president is going golfing.
The pool started the day with a visit to Alley’s farm stand (great peaches), followed by some hanging and waiting in a field near the estate where the president is stay. We began to roll at 11:15 am, but got no sign of the president.
The trip along South Road was easy and uneventful. For those who haven’t seen it yet, the main road near the Obama’s rented home is lined with trees, rolling hills, the occasional low stone wall and several charming cottages. We passed only a few onlookers, who waved and smiled, and a few brave bicyclists, who seemed unfazed by the fast approaching caravan of government vehicles.
We arrived at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs at 11:35am. The clubhouse is a grey-shingled and white-trimmed building. We’re holding in vans. I’ll send the golf partners when I get them.