Rumors abound that President Barack Obama and his family may vacation this summer on Martha's Vineyard following in the footsteps of Bill and Hillary Clinton, who, it is also rumored, may be here at the same time. The White House wouldn't confirm the first family's vacation plans, but word is the Obama's have rented a house for two weeks at the end of August in the East Chop neighborhood of Oak Bluffs.
Located on the northern tip of Martha's Vineyard, Oak Bluffs, historically, has been something of an African-American enclave. Politician and pastor Adam Clayton Powell Jr., writer Dorothy West, and Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke were all early homeowners. Celebrities such as Spike Lee and Charlayne Hunter-Gault make this Town one of their peaceful getaways. Does that mean that Oprah is not far behind?!
A presidential visit, especially one lasting two weeks, would indeed be a boon to the island economy because the President travels with a huge retinue of Secret Service, aides, and journalists. It would also add a wonderful and warm vibrancy to the end of the summer season.