President Obama Interrupts Vacation to Be Briefed on Libya

By Dschabner

Aug 21, 2011 9:34pm

From Stephanie Smith:

As opposition forces descended on Tripoli and the nearly 42-year reign of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi crumbled around him, President Obama was asked about the situation there.

“We’re going to wait until we have full confirmation of what has happened,” he said as he entered Nancy’s Restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, this evening. The president said he would make a full statement when he has more information.
 
Nancy’s, one of Obama's “favorite spots on the island,” according to Josh Ernest, a deputy press secretary, was the second of three stops he and the first lady made tonight. The president was greeted outside the restaurant by a throng of supporters and well-wishers chanting “Four more years,” and “We love you.” The first couple went inside for a few minutes to see some friends, Ernest said.

When they emerged, they were holding hands. The first lady was wearing a black top with spaghetti straps and a yellow and white skirt. The president wore a blue, short-sleeved shirt outside dark khakis.

The first couple's next stop was at the home where Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser, is staying. They are currently having dinner there.
 
Earlier in the evening, the president and first lady attended a reception at the West Tisbury home of Aileen and Brian Roberts, the CEO of Comcast, a parent company to MSNBC.

–Stephanie Smith

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