Obama finally had a full day to chill Thursday from Libya’s revolution, the financial markets’ gyrations, the East Coast’s biggest earthquake in a century and the impending wrath of Hurricane Irene.
It was a day at the beach with his family that stretched for nearly five hours, and an evening at a classic Martha’s Vineyard restaurant that stretched for another three.
In fact, joining the president and first lady Michelle Obama for dinner were Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and his wife, Diane; Democratic power broker Vernon Jordan and his wife, Ann; and White House counselor Valerie Jarrett and her daughter, Laura.
The president is scheduled to return to Washington Saturday, just ahead of Irene. He was to speak at Sunday’s planned dedication there of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, but it has been postponed because of the storm.