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Obama hits bookstore, links on Martha's Vineyard. Golfing with pal Eric Whitaker

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President Obama is playing golf and hitting a bookstore on Friday, the first day of a vacation on Martha's Vineyard. Obama visited a bookstore with daughters Sasha and Malia and then went on to the links at the Vineyard Golf Club.

Obama's golfing partners, per the White House, are: long time Chicago buddy Eric Whitaker, Marvin Nicholson and Michael Brush, White House senior advance lead.

Whitaker is Executive Vice President for Strategic Affilliations, Urban Health Initiative, University of Chicago Medical Center and Associate Dean for Community-Based Research, Urban Health Initiative, University of Chicago Medical Center. His wife, Cheryl, a physician, is the Chief Medical Officer at Merge Healthcare Inc. in Chicago.

From the pool report, by Carol Lee of The Wall Street Journal:

"After about 20 minutes in the bookstore, President Obama and his daughters emerged to cheers from the crowd and several shouts of "2012!" Malia exited first at 12:50 pm, followed by Sasha, who was carrying a large brown paper bag, and POTUS, who was wearing jeans, a blue, short-sleeve Nike polo shirt untucked, sneakers, a watch and sunglasses.

"Malia and Sasha headed straight to the SUV, while POTUS worked the ropeline set up for him outside the store, shaking hands and making small talk. Pool was too far away to hear anything he said or that was said to him.

"At one point, some people on the street started to chant "four more years," and one of them held up a sign featuring two red boxing gloves facing each other - one said "Yes" and the other said "We can."

"POTUS turned and waved a couple times to the people in the distance to his right and left. He stopped and shook hands with two police officers standing near the door to his SUV, then slipped inside.

"Motorcade was rolling at 12:52 pm. No word yet on what books POTUS bought."

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