EAST CHOP — After several hours at Blue Heron Farm, President Obama and the First Lady moved on to visit with Valerie Jarrett, a longtime friend and senior White House adviser, at her Oak Bluffs home.
White House officials did not confirm if the first daughters, Sasha and Malia, joined their parents for the visit. It’s unclear if the couple plans to stay for dinner at Jarrett’s oceanfront home on East Chop Drive.
Black Chevy Suburbans in the presidential motorcade lined the road. Neighbors and onlookers gathered at the top of the street, peering down toward the home, but the press was not permitted within viewing distance.
Some neighbors and guests were seen coming and going from a nearby house believed to be owned by John Payton, an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
The ride from the farm to the Oak Bluffs neighborhood took about 30 minutes, winding through Edgartown and East Chop. A small number of viewers gathered along the road, waving and cheering as the motorcade passed. Traffic backed up as many as 20 cars as state police blocked off crossroads.
Having left the Jarrett’s house around 7:10, the president and the first lady arrived at The Sweet Life Cafƒ© on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs, across from the town’s gingerbread cottages.
Hundreds of people filled the streets looking for a glimpse of the first couple. They waved to the crowds and quickly ducked into the restaurant, onlookers said.
President Obama closed out his day shortly after 9:30 p.m., waving to cheering crowds after finishing dinner. Hundreds of appreciative onlookers bid goodnight to the president and first lady after their dinner with shouts of “We love you” and “Thank you for everything.”
White House officials did not confirm what the couple had for dinner but both looked happy and well-fed as they waved to crowds and got into their black Chevy Suburban. The presidential motorcade then led the couple under the cover of dark back to their vacation home for the night.
The first couple got back to the farm at 10 p.m.
— Jake Berry (Press Pool Report)