Obama: Vineyard ‘Sweet Life’ and Golf – and Keystone Protesters

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President Barack Obama reacts to a missed putt on the first green at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on August 11, 2013 during the Obama family vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.

“Sticker shock” has been reported in the Sweet Life Cafe, the restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard where President Barack Obama dined on the first full day of his vacation.

Zagat calls the Oak Bluffs restaurant with an American-French fare in a rehabbed Victorian an overall aesthetic prize.

The president spent the day golfing in a foursome that included a couple of White House staffers and Robert Wolf, a former president and chairman of UBS Investment Bank who served on the president’s jobs council.

They played a midday round at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs with Wolf and presidential aide Marvin Nicholson and White House chef Sam Kass.

 Wolf, 51, chief executive officer of 32 Advisors LLC, has been one of Obama’s chief Wall Street allies. Obama in June appointed Wolf to his Export Council.

“I am very close with the president and I believe in the direction he’s going with education, with health care, certainly on some of his policies on infrastructure,” Wolf said on Bloomberg Television in February.

Wolf collected more than $500,000 in bundled donations for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based group that tracks campaign donations.

Reporters and photographers traveling with the president for his nine-day vacation were permitted to watch the foursome, from a distance, at the first hole. Obama and his wife Michelle arrived at Martha’s Vineyard yesterday, where they were to join their daughters.

After more than five hours of golf, the Vineyard Gazeette reports, the presidential motorcade headed back up-Island . “During the trip, the motorcade passed the first sign of the day, which read `No Keystone.’ Activists, including one person dressed as “Frost Paw the polar bear,” are on Island to protest the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. ”

The dinner spot is a favorite of the first couple from vacations past, featuring garden dining, and reopened this year under new management: Kevin and Suzanna Crowell, owners of Détente Restaurant in Edgartown, on the Vineyard, keeping the name and space while updating the menu.

“It will be the same philosophy of Détente, a modern seasonal kitchen,” Crowell said. So far, the menu development has been a collaboration between chef de cuisine Hal Ryerson of Détente and chef de cuisine Carlos Montoya (from Sweet Life) along with head chef Kevin Crowell.

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