Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are expected to rub shoulders at a civil rights leader’s soiree on Martha’s Vineyard, bringing the sitting president together with his potential successor.
Both Obama and the 2016 Democratic front-runner plan to attend Vernon Jordan’s 80th birthday party Saturday night on the swanky Massachusetts island famous as a gathering spot for prominent Democratic figures. They’ll be joined by a number of other big-name corporate, civil rights and political leaders.
But don’t expect photos of the glitzy event. Reporters and photographers covering Obama’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard aren’t permitted to attend.
An attorney and business executive, Jordan advised former President Bill Clinton and also played a prominent role in the civil rights movement. He’s known the Obamas for decades. Last year both Obama and Clinton attended a party Jordan hosted on the island, where Jordan and his wife summer each year.
The rendezvous comes as the former secretary of state is working to fend off criticism of her use of private email for government business in the wake of her decision to hand over her private email server to the Justice Department. Clinton has seen her poll numbers in the presidential race decline in recent weeks, prompting fellow Democrats to urge Vice President Joe Biden to challenge her for the Democratic nomination. Obama isn’t expected to endorse a candidate in the Democratic primary.
Clinton arrives in Martha’s Vineyard from Iowa, where she promoted her proposals on child care and scholarships for student parents on Friday. Later in the month, the Clintons will vacation in the Hamptons in New York, where Clinton also plans to attend fundraisers for her campaign during her stay.
Obama and his family vacation every August on Martha’s Vineyard, and he’s been spending most of this year’s two-week trip on the golf course, at the beach and dining at the island’s upscale restaurants. Obama returns to Washington on Aug. 23.
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