Battle of the Summer Vacation Homes: Obamas vs. Clintons

PHOTO: A backyard deck and pool are seen in the vacation home where President Obama and his family are vacationing in Chilmark, Massachusetts.

With the first family in tow, President Obama jetted off for a two-week vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, over the weekend.  Meanwhile, Bill and Hillary Clinton decamped for their rental home in the Hamptons last week.

Yes, there are political points to be scored here – Could the Clinton’s pricey vacation alienate some voters in 2016 especially with Hillary Clinton’s “dead broke” comment still resonating? Does the president’s penchant for golf suggest he’s taking his eye off pressing international and domestic matters? (Sen. Ted Cruz seems to think so).

But, as long as we’re in a scoring mood, here’s the really important question: who’s got it better this summer – the Obamas or the Clintons?

Property Value

This one’s an easy call. The Obama’s vacation pad is worth an eye-popping $12 million. But the Clinton’s rental, reportedly worth around $18 million, leaves the Obamas in the dust. (The Clintons are reportedly paying $100,000 for their summer stay.)

Point: Clintons

Size

The Clintons will enjoy a seven-bedroom, seven-and-a-half-bath home. That puts them neck-in-neck with the Obamas, who will spend their vacation in a seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom residence. When it comes to acreage though, the Obamas win hands down. Their place is set on 10.11 acres, while the Clinton’s property is a paltry 1.39 acres (okay, maybe paltry is a bit harsh).

PHOTO: Bill and Hillary Clinton rented this home in Amagansett, New York.
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PHOTO: Bill and Hillary Clinton rented this home in Amagansett, New York.

PHOTO: President Obama and his family are vacationing at a home in Chilmark, Massachusetts, seen in this satellite photo on Google Maps.
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PHOTO: President Obama and his family are vacationing at a home in Chilmark, Massachusetts, seen in this satellite photo on Google Maps.

Point: Obamas

Amenities

Chalk it up to presidential taste or to security concerns – Obama’s getaway is replete with private amenities. The family can lounge in an ocean-view infinity pool and hot tub or exercise on the private dual tennis/basketball court (and the way the president’s games have been going, he could certainly do with some brushing up). There’s even a vegetable garden for the health-conscious first lady, the Vineyard Gazette reports.

PHOTO: The home where President Obama and his family are vacationing in Chilmark, Massachusetts features a tennis court with a basketball hoop.
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PHOTO: The home where President Obama and his family are vacationing in Chilmark, Massachusetts features a tennis court with a basketball hoop.

PHOTO: President Obama and his family are vacationing at a home in Chilmark, Massachusetts, seen in this undated photo from the Vineyard Gazette.
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PHOTO: President Obama and his family are vacationing at a home in Chilmark, Massachusetts, seen in this undated photo from the Vineyard Gazette.

Not much is known about the Clinton’s rental -- though well-known real estate website Zillow says the property boasts a pool and mother-in-law suite. And it’s sure to have a spectacular view: the home reportedly sits atop a 200-foot bluff overlooking Gardiners Island.

Point: Obamas

Actual owners

The Obamas win this round too. Sure, the owners of the Clinton’s vacation home, Andre and Lois Nasser, are art collectors, so their décor is sure to be exquisite. But no matter what hangs on the Nassers’ walls, it really can’t compare to Obama homeowner Joanne Hubschman’s taste in paintings – she reportedly has a painting of Bo, the Obama’s Portuguese water dog, on display in the entryway.

PHOTO: A painting of a Portuguese Water Dog is seen in the vacation home where President Obama and his family are vacationing in Chilmark, Massachusetts.
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PHOTO: A painting of a Portuguese Water Dog is seen in the vacation home where President Obama and his family are vacationing in Chilmark, Massachusetts.

Plus, according to the Daily Mail, Andre Nasser is a Republican donor – which means that theoretically, the Clintons’ rent money could end up in her challenger’s campaign coffers should she choose to run for president in 2016.

Point: Obamas

Famous Neighbors

No contest here. The Clinton’s vacation neighbors reportedly include actors Harvey Weinstein and Alec Baldwin, as well as legendary movie director Steven Spielberg.

Point: Clintons

Time Off

A president never really goes on vacation – but neither do the workaholic Clintons.

With conflict raging in the Middle East, Obama arrived in Martha’s Vineyard with national security advisor Susan Rice and senior advisor Valerie Jarrett in tow. The White House says he’s briefed regularly, and he’ll also interrupt his vacation for three days of meetings back in Washington.

The Clintons aren’t exactly taking it easy either. Alongside daughter Chelsea, the pair headlined a Clinton Foundation fundraiser Saturday. President Clinton also took a few brief trips to speak at Obama’s Africa Leaders’ Summit and campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes, while Clinton is slated to make a trip to Martha’s Vineyard, of all places, to promote her new book, “Hard Choices.”

Point: Clintons

Local attractions

There’s also plenty to do in the Hamptons – from touring the historic Montauk Point Lighthouse to taking in Jackson Pollock’s paint speckled studio.

The Clintons have already been spotted spending a breezy morning at the beach with their dogs.

PHOTO: Former POTUS Bill Clinton and wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are seen enjoying a leisurely morning on the beach with their dogs in the Hamptons, N.Y., Aug. 8,2014.
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PHOTO: Former POTUS Bill Clinton and wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are seen enjoying a leisurely morning on the beach with their dogs in the Hamptons, N.Y., Aug. 8,2014.

In Martha’s Vineyard, the president is expected to log some serious time at nearby Farm Neck Golf Club, where he's already played a few rounds with sportscaster Ahmad Rashad.  In years past, the family also seems to enjoy local favorites like Nancy's Restaurant and Alleys General Store.

PHOTO: President Barack Obama laughs while golfing with former NFL player Ahmad Rashad at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Marthas Vineyard, Aug. 9, 2014.
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PHOTO: President Barack Obama laughs while golfing with former NFL player Ahmad Rashad at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Aug. 9, 2014.

But what gives the president’s place the edge is Mad Martha’s Ice Cream – which reportedly developed a new flavor, “Barack My World” (espresso with a caramel swirl), in honor of the president. Unless a Crazy Clinton Caramel flavor shows up at any of the local ice cream joints, this round goes to the Obamas.

Point: Obamas

 

At final tally, the Obamas took the edge, with four points to the Clinton’s three. Game set match.

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