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President Obama golfs at Mink Meadows – no kidding

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The White House has gone to some lengths to portray President Obama’s vacation in Martha’s Vineyard as a relaxing, low-key affair and not as a luxurious trip to a wealthy enclave.

“His desire in Martha's Vineyard is to get a little break. He certainly appreciates the hospitality of the folks who are here. But his desire here is to relax and spend time with the family,” Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said at Monday’s briefing on the island.

But there is no hiding the island’s upscale image. Tuesday morning the president went golfing at a nine-hole, semi-private course called Mink Meadows Golf Club . Not exactly a name that calls forth an average American golfing spot. The course in Vineyard Haven is not far from the multi-acre farm where the first family is staying.

According to a pool report by Christi Parsons of the Los Angeles Times, at about 9:30 a.m. the president climbed out of his armored limo and headed for the links to play golf. The presidential foursome Tuesday included perennial golf buddy Marvin Nicholson who is White House trip director, Michael Ruemmler of the White House advance team, and Sam Kass, who works in the White House kitchen.

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