President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters Sasha and Malia traveled to Nancy's Restaurant on the waterfront of the Oak Bluffs section of Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday afternoon.
Crowds gathered to watch as the president, wearing his White Sox baseball cap, noted the abundance of Red Sox caps. He and the First Lady shook hands and posed for pictures with folks in the crowd. The president ordered from the take-out window of the snack bar section of the eatery.
"I love your watch," one woman told the First Lady, referencing a purple watch on her left wrist.
"Oh, thank you,” the First Lady said. “It was a gift.”
She gestured towards her husband, who was shaking hands behind her.
"I think somebody told him,” she said.
"Where's my wife?" the president asked at one point.
Crowds shouted for her attention.
"How you guys doing?" she asked. "Drying off? Finally."
As the president walked around the restaurant, some cordoned-off reporters shouted out to him questions, including one about the war in Iraq. Next Tuesday night, the president will deliver an Oval Office address at 8 pm ET, in which he will mark the occasion of the withdrawal of US combat troops from the country.
But the president was in no mood today to discuss the issue with reporters in that setting. He ignored questions for a bit, then turned to the reporters.
"We're buying shrimp, guys,” he said, smiling. “Come on."
The president’s lunch companions included Dr. Eric and Cheryl Whittaker, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, George and Clarice Walker, George Walker IV, Cy Walker, Ann Walker Marchant, David Watkins and Elizabeth Alexander.
- Jake Tapper