Blue skies over blue state

President Obama went golfing with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. President Obama went golfing with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Steven Senne/Associated Press)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / August 28, 2010

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EDGARTOWN — President Obama took advantage of yesterday’s picture-perfect weather — temps in the 80s, gentle breeze, and a periwinkle sky — to go for a bike ride with his family and, yes, play more golf.

The commander in chief, whose 10-day Vineyard vacation concludes tomorrow, was up and at ’em early, starting with a six-mile pedal in Manuel Correllus State Forest, a 5,100-acre wilderness in the middle of the island.

Unlike last year, when Obama raised a few eyebrows by riding without a helmet, he strapped some protective gear to the first noggin, as did wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia. POTUS was dressed in a white shirt and a pair of gray jeans that one reporter described as “mom-like.’’

After a break for lunch back at Blue Heron Farm, the sprawling property the Obamas are renting for upward of $50,000, it was back to Vineyard Golf Club — the president’s third round at the exclusive Edgartown course. (He’s played Mink Meadows in Vineyard Haven once and Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs once.) Obama played with New York Mayor — and Medford native — Michael Bloomberg, DC insider Vernon Jordan, and White House trip director Marvin Nicholson. We’re told he had a chance to chat with Bloomberg about the economy before teeing off.

Obama did not attend Thursday night’s NAACP event at Nectar’s or the dinner beforehand, which was held at the home of Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Development Corp. (Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was at the dinner.) Nor has Obama gone out on the water with fishing guide Buddy Vanderhoop, who would seem to have an in with the president since his best customer is Obama’s BFF, Harvard professor Charles Ogletree.

We ran into Vanderhoop on the dock in Menemsha yesterday, and he was still hopeful Obama might want to catch a few stripers. And if he gets the chance to bend Obama’s ear, Vanderhoop said he will urge him to oppose Cape Wind.

Seated nearby was 16-year-old Peter Dixon, Vanderhoop’s summer assistant. The teen, who attends Valley Regional High School in Deep River, Conn., said it would be “awesome’’ to take the president fishing.

“It would probably make my [soccer] coach think it’s acceptable to miss a few practices,’’ he said.

Last night, Obama and his wife had dinner in Menemsha with presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett and friends Alan and Sofia King at the Beach Plum Inn, which is owned by filmmaker Bob Nixon and his wife Sarah.

Bells to ring for White, DaSilva
Congrats to actor Brian White and his fiancee, Paula Flores DaSilva, who are getting hitched today at All Saints Parish Church in Beverly Hills. (There’s a reception afterward at The Foundry on Melrose in LA.) White, whose dad is former Celtic Jo Jo White, costars on TNT’s “Men of a Certain Age,’’ in the upcoming dramedy, “Politics of Love,’’ and also Joss Whedon’s horror flick “The Cabin in the Woods.’’ The guest list includes actors Taraji P. Henson, Columbus Short, Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict; director Sylvain White; and singers Dave Hollister and Esthero.

City to read Perrotta story
Boston Book Festival organizers have picked Belmont writer Tom Perrotta’s “The Smile on Happy Chang’s Face’’ as the first short story in the new “One City, One Story’’ program. Thirty thousand bound copies of the story, which was originally published in Post Road magazine and appeared in the Best American Short Stories 2005, will be passed out at Boston Public Library branches, T stations, and community centers in advance of the Oct. 16 festival, where Perrotta will hold a town-hall style discussion of his work. The story will also be available online at starting Oct. 1. The author of “Election’’ and “Little Children’’ told us yesterday that the whole plan is kind of a dream come true. “I think I had a fantasy about this in grad school — about people handing out my work in the subways.’’

Love from Lovato
Singer-actress Demi Lovato, star of Disney’s “Camp Rock,’’ stopped by Children’s Hospital Boston yesterday. Lovato visited with Shaena and Xay-Marie.

Slattery acts out
Newton native and “Mad Men’’ star John Slattery talks about his hometown in The Hollywood Reporter’s Emmy coverage. Slattery says, “I remember watching ‘Masterpiece Theatre’ and Derek Jacobi (‘I, Claudius’). Just to see the power of that made me think, that’s what I want to do. And I just wanted to get the hell out of where I was, the suburbs of Boston. There was no outlet. There was no acting. I came from an Irish-Catholic, sports-minded scene. And I was obsessed with movies and I would stay up all night watching movies. But there was no outlet.’’ Not flattering, but at least he remembers where he’s from.

‘WiZaRD’ wannabes
Have ruby slippers, will travel? Acting and singing hopefuls ages 14-23 can audition to be the next Dorothy in George Bucatti’s musical “WiZaRD’’ — opening at New York’s New World Stage in December — at the Natick Collection this weekend. Tryouts start at 11 this morning (call backs will be tomorrow) and the winner of the nationwide talent search will be announced Sept. 3.

A devil of a time
Newton native and “The Last Exorcism’’ producer Eli Roth mugged for the camera with Quentin Tarantino at an LA screening of the freaky flick, which hit theaters yesterday. . . . Joe Jonas snacked on Pirate’s Booty backstage at the Comcast Center Wednesday while ex Demi Lovato performed. . . . UFC fighter Chuck “The Iceman’’ Liddell, in town for today’s UFC bouts at the TD Garden, paid a visit to Woodward at the Ames Hotel Thursday. . . . Legal Sea Foods’s Park Square Wine Cellar hosted a private dinner last night for UFC fighters Demian Maia, Marcus Davis, and Joe Lauzon (Davis and Lauzon are local boys).

Maine attraction?
Does country crooner Taylor Swift have a new beau? The New York Post reported that Swift has been seen spending a lot of time with British actor Toby Hemingway in Maine this week. (She debuted the video for her new single “Mine’’ on CMT live from Kennebunk last night.) Hemingway romances Swift in the video, which was shot in Vacationland earlier this summer.

Fashionable gathering
Glam was the name of the game at Boldfacers’ Dancing Queen pop-up store at the W Hotel Thursday. DJ Ms Thang (a.k.a. Beth Ladew) provided the soundtrack and party goers included fashionista Betty Riaz, Mix 104.1’s Kennedy Elsey, and PBD Events’ John Martz. Flak Max Buccini wore a glittery tie.

New faces at Fox 25
There’s been a lot of turnover over at Fox 25. Reporters Alison Bologna and Erin Hawksworth have left the building, and Nicole Jacobs and Shannon Mulaire are on their way in. A rep at Fox tells us there’s nothing significant about the changes. . . . We also hear that NECN anchor Beth Shelburne has left the cable station and has accepted a job at WBRC Fox 6 in Alabama.

MTV in Braintree
MTV producers stopped by Bling Boutique in Braintree to film scenes for “Is She Really Going Out With Him?’’ a show featuring bad boys and the girls who love them. The episode — slated to air in November — follows local gal Noelle Trudeau as she shops and decides whether her new beau is “Mr. Right’’ with a little help from her friends Juliana Iglesis and Sabrina Bala. Bling’s owner Nadine Aniello is planning a party at the store for the episode’s premiere.

Courtney Hollands and Johnny Diaz of the Globe staff contributed. Read the Names blog at Names can be reached at or at 617-929-8253.

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