Obama Arrives on Martha's Vineyard For 10 Day Vacation

It's 3:00 a.m. and the president is on vacation

President Barack Obama arrives on Marine One, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, West Tisbury, Mass., for a family vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Where's Michelle?

She flew up earlier in another plane

Plane carrying First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia touched down about 1:50 p.m.

Associated Press

EDGARTOWN -- President Obama landed safely this evening on Martha’s Vineyard for what is scheduled to be a nine-day respite, the third straight summer he has vacationed here with his family.

He left Martha’s Vineyard airport in a 15-car caravan. Dozens of families, waving and snapping photos, dotted the route to Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, where the president will join his wife, Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia. The Obamas have stayed at the 28-acre estate, which boasts a basketball court and private beach access, all three years.

A crowd of about 150 people gathered outside Alley’s General Store in West Tisbury. Roads were blocked off by police. Drivers and passengers in cars waiting behind the blockades craned out car windows to take photos as the caravan passed.

The first family is not expected to venture off the exclusive farm very often, save for the occasional round of golf or jaunt for ice cream or books

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