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The President's Day Yesterday

8:14 AM, Aug 26, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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According to pool reports filed yesterday by Maeve Reston of the Los Angeles Times, here's how the president spent Thursday:

Official portrait of Barack Obama

--"After a 12-minute drive we have arrived at the turnoff for the beach at 11:30am," Reston noted. "It is the same private beach in Edgartown (near Edgartown Great Pond) that the Obamas have visited twice so far on this trip."

--Four hours and 45 minutes later, at 4:17 p.m., the president left the beach.

--Next, according to Reston, Obama spent about the next two hours at Blue Heron Farm, the spot where he and his family are vacationing.

--Then, Dinner. "The President and First Lady left State Road restaurant in West Tisbury at 10:00pm after a three hour dinner with friends. The First Couple dined with Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick and Diane Patrick, Valerie Jarrett, Laura Jarrett, Vernon Jordan and Ann Jordan."

--All day, though, the president was out of sight of the pool reporter. "Over the course of 12 hours (from the beach outing to State Road), the travel pool did not see the president at any time today," Reston reported.

At some point during the president's visit to the beach, deputy press secretary Josh Earnest gave the following additional details on Obama's day:

"This morning, the President received his daily national security update from his top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, who briefed him on overnight developments in Libya, among other topics. The President also convened a call this morning with Chief of Staff Bill Daley, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Brennan and other White House officials to get an update on the track of Hurricane Irene and on FEMA’s efforts to prepare for the storm’s impact on the Eastern seaboard of the US.  The President directed his team to ensure all needed resources are included in the preparation efforts and asked them to continue to closely coordinate with state and local officials in those areas that are likely to be affected.
"The President also convened a call this morning with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, OMB Director Jack Lew, NEC Director Gene Sperling along with Chief of Staff Bill Daley. He received his regular briefing on the economy. The group also discussed the progress being made on the new jobs proposals and deficit reduction measures that the economic policy team has been developing this week."

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