WH: Obama Learning About Egypt Between Golf, Bucolic Bike Ride
August 16, 2013 - 8:50 am
On background from the White House this morning:
“This morning, the President received a briefing on the situation in Egypt. As he has throughout the week, the President will receive updates, as needed, over the course of the day from Ambassador Rice who traveled with him to Martha’s Vineyard this week.”
The motorcade then left for the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest in West Tisbury, Mass., for a leisurely bike ride. The White House pool was left on a country road “with a small group of onlookers who were screened before being allowed to stay.”
Then the excitement (pool reporter today is from the Wall Street Journal):
POTUS, FLOTUS, Sasha and Malia briefly rode by pool, which was under a tree off of the bike path.
FLOTUS and Sasha appeared first from around a bend in the path, which winds through the woods. They were moving at a fast clip. FLOTUS wore white capris and a light blue tank top; Sasha had on florescent green shorts, pink sneakers and a pink helmet.
A few minutes later, POTUS and Malia rode by a little more slowly. POTUS could be heard talking to his daughter as they rode up to where pool – and a small group of people eager to observe – were gathered. Pool couldn’t hear what he was saying. POTUS addressed pool and onlookers as he rounded the bend. “Hey guys,” he said. “Nice day, huh?”
Reuters’ Jeff Mason asked “How’s it going?” and “Having a good time?”
“Having a great time, as always,” POTUS shouted as he pedaled away.
POTUS was in a blue short sleeve polo shirt and khaki shorts. Malia wore orange shorts and a blue T-shirt.
All four of them had on helmets. They were trailed by Secret Service agents on bikes. Several Suburbans in the motorcade then pulled onto the trail to follow.
Yesterday, as the crisis in Egypt grew more dire with the targeting of Christians by the Muslim Brotherhood, President Obama immediately followed his statement on Egypt with a trip to a golf course. He played nine holes instead of 18 with his usual partners.