During the same vacation, nobody on Team Obama seemed to mind that the president was spotted golfing a few minutes after a statement about the beheading of a U.S. journalist, but somebody was worried about the optics of this?
Vocativ was on Martha’s Vineyard over the weekend to film a piece about the African-American community on the island. While we were shooting on Beach Road, one of the busiest thoroughfares on the Vineyard, the Secret Service approached and asked us to switch off our camera for 15 minutes.
A moment later, first lady Michelle Obama power walked by our crew. She was out for some exercise with a small group—and a serious security detail. It was 9:30 in the morning.
Our producer and cameraman were surrounded by Secret Service agents and very strongly advised to stop filming. At one point, Mrs. Obama looked in their direction and said, “Don’t do that.” It’s unclear if she was telling the agents to leave us alone, or scolding us for filming on public property.
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Weird how the Secret Service person seemed surprised somebody was trying to record that, but if it’s really a problem, hasn’t FLOTUS ever heard of a treadmill?