Obamas and Clintons celebrate Vernon Jordan’s 80th birthday

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Clintons relax with Obamas as first family vacations on Martha’s Vineyard.

It was a busy weekend on Martha’s Vineyard, the swanky island playground where Washington’s political elite spends their August playing golf and talking, well, politics. America’s two foremost Democratic families, the Obamas and the Clintons, mingled on Saturday as politics mixed with summer repose on swanky Martha’s Vineyard. On Saturday, President Obama was joined by former president Bill Clinton, Ambassador Ron Kirk and democratic power broker slash birthday boy Vernon Jordan for a round of golf at the Farm Neck Golf Club, an Obama favorite in Oak Bluffs, Mass. According to White House press pool reports, the outing seemed pretty run of the mill — active polos, putting, etc. — except, of course, for the little fact that the men on the green were easily some of the most powerful in the country. The VIP event (actor Morgan Freeman, historian and beer summiteer Henry Louis Gates, former Baltimore Orioles player Brian Roberts were among the soiree’s 200 guests) was off limits to the press pool following the president’s every move.

But according to the next day’s pool report, “after a night of partying” (“Uptown Funk” could be heard wafting out from the tent), Obama decided to take it easy on Sunday and stay home. Both Clintons were on the guest list for Jordan’s 80th birthday party on Saturday night, along with the president, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia. For former president Clinton, the photo op came as his wife, Obama’s former secretary of state, struggles to demonstrate to the party that her candidacy is as infallible as was once believed. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s poll numbers have dipped as criticism of her use of a private email server for government business mounts, leading some Democrats to give a renewed look at vice-president Joe Biden as a potential 2016 challenger to the former first lady. Obama’s preference in the race has been the source of intense interest, as Democrats assess which of the current or potential candidates poses the best prospect for securing his legacy and carrying it forward.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, who also planned to hold campaign fundraisers while on Martha’s Vineyard, arrived later in the day from Iowa, where on Saturday she insisted she never sent or received emails marked classified through her homebrew email server. Offering a toast at the party, where guests dined on a menu of surf and turf and birthday cake, Obama praised Jordan for his wisdom, generosity and kindness, the White House said.

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