Obamas’ Vineyard Vacation Spot Includes Basketball Court

On July 25, 2009, in Articles, Basketball, by Baller-in-Chief

The property reportedly features a pool, golf practice tee and a small basketball court, everything a sports-loving president needs to unwind on vacation.

By Claude Johnson

It was reported late last week in the Martha’s Vineyard Times that President Obama and his family had decided on a home where they’ll stay for their summer vacation during the last two weeks of August:

It’s official. Ending months of speculation, a White House spokesperson confirmed Friday that President Obama and his family will spend the last week of August vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard.

“They’ve spent vacation time there before and are looking forward to relaxing together as a family at the end of a very busy summer. We’ll have more details about the exact dates and location at a later date,” the spokesperson said in an email to The Times.

The M.V. Times also reported that the Obamas plan to stay at Blue Heron Farm, a private 28.5-acre estate in Chilmark.

The Vineyard Gazette had some details about the property:

Situated overlooking a remote finger of the Great Pond, it is quiet and private, with an apple orchard, flower and vegetable gardens, stone walls, a swimming pool, golf practice tee and small basketball court for the basketball-loving president.

The part about the basketball court is both good news and bad news.

It’s good news because, no doubt, we want the Baller-in-Chief to play basketball whenever and wherever he can.

But it’s potentially bad news if it diminishes the hopes that President Obama will play hoops in a pickup game on the outdoor court at Niantic Park in Oak Bluffs, as we suggested here recently.

Let’s hope he comes down to the outdoor court anyway, as long as security conditions permit it.

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