Obama Briefed on Hurricane Irene – Goes Golfing


President Barack Obama, right, shares a golf cart with Eric Whitaker, left, while playing golf at the Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Haven, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. (AP/Steven Senne)

Barack Obama was briefed on Hurricane Irene today. Then he went golfing.
The Cape Cod Times reported, via Free Republic:

After spending the entire day sequestered at his Blue Heron Farm vacation estate President Barack Obama finally emerged this afternoon to take in some golf at Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Haven.

The golf course is a nine-hole course. Along the way to the course, a girl standing with her family by the side of the road in Vineyard Haven held up a sign to the presidential motorcade, “Good luckgolfing,” according to press reports.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the president was briefed today on the latest developments with Hurricane Irene, which may churn up the Eastern Seaboard. He says FEMA is also coordinating with state and local officials.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 storm over the Bahamas today.

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