Sneed: Obamas to vacation at Chicago financial whiz’s $7.6M home
By Michael Sneed August 9, 2013 2:42AM
President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia ride bikes in Manuel F. Correllus State Forest in West Tisbury, Mass., on August 23, 2011, during their family vacation to Martha's Vineyard. | Jim Watson~AFP/Getty Images
Updated: September 10, 2013 6:33AM
The Obama vacation . . .
Yes sireeeee, it sure pays to be a big-bucks donor to the Obama campaign.
Sneed is told that President Barack Obama en famille, who will be heading off Saturday to a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, are renting a $7.6 million home with a basketball court owned by Chicago financial whiz David Schulte.
◆ Lob shot: Will Obama’s bosom buddy, Dr. Eric Whitaker, who has come to Martha’s Vineyard in the past, stop by so the two can chat about the recent indictment of Whitaker’s former top aide, Quinshaunta Golden, who was charged this week in a kickback scheme begun while she worked for him?
◆ Backshot: Schulte is founder of Chilmark Partners, a Chicago-based investment banking firm. If you recall, Schulte, a longtime Dem donor, gave $50,000 from his company to Obama’s inauguration fund.
◆ Rescue shot: It will be the fourth time the Obamas have vacationed in Martha’s Vineyard. Only this time, they had to forgo their usual Vineyard haunt, Blue Heron Farm, because it was sold in 2011 for $21.9 million to Lord Norman and Lady Elena Foster of Thames Bank in Great Britain. Lord Foster, a noted architect who designed the new Wembley Stadium in London, will undoubtedly invite the Obamas for tea, don’tchathink?
◆ Gruff shot: Meanwhile, Vineyard residents are grumbling because a main artery on the island will be partially blocked because of its close proximity to the 10-acre Schulte estate.
Dressed to kill . . .
Yipes! Looks like there’s a connection between looking good and feeling lousy; dressing well while dealing with a cheating spouse.
◆ Consider: Huma Abedin, wife of the sexting worm Anthony “Have I got something to show you” Weiner — and Silda Spitzer, wife of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer — who was caught in a prostitute scandal — have both been named members of Vanity Fair’s top 10 best-dressed political wives list.
The song of age . . .
Who’s counting! Now-divorced (and retired) Gen. Wesley Clark, who once considered running for president when he was still married to his wife of 46 years, recently debuted his new arm candy, Shauna Mei, who runs luxury e-commerce site AHAlife.com.
◆ Aha! She is 38 years younger than the 68-year-old military coot.
The spectre of Tony Rezko? President Barack Obama claims he has yet to refinance his home in Chicago because he doesn’t want trouble.
“When you’re president, you have to be a little careful about these transactions,” he told the real estate website Zillow.com in an interview this week.
◆ The concern? The possibility of running afoul of ethics rules while in the White House. (Obama owes $500,000 on the Kenwood house and pays 5.625 percent interest on his mortgage.)
◆ Sneed’s bet: Obama probably doesn’t want to stir up the old dust storm about how he purchased the Kenwood property, via the huge help of his old buddy Tony Rezko, who is now serving time in a federal jail on corruption charges.
Zillow zoweee II . . .
The website claims the nation’s first house, where the Obamas now live, is worth $319.6 million. Hmmmm.
She’s Fonda . . .
. . . cheeseburgers?
Actress Jane Fonda, 75, reportedly ordered $50 Four Seasons Hotel cheeseburgers to be delivered Monday and Tuesday to a beauty salon in New York, where she was prepping for press appearances for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” — in which she plays Nancy Reagan.
I spy . . .
Yankee star Derek Jeter lunched at Gibsons Tuesday, probably thanking his lucky stars he’s not A-Rod right now. . . . Rock band Queens of the Stone Age had dinner at Gibsons on Friday. . . . Connor Cruise,(Tom Cruise’s DJ son, in town to perform at Lollapalooza) also stopped by Gibsons on Friday. . . . Cubs’ owner Tom Ricketts was spied having a leisurely dinner at Siena Tavern on Wednesday night. . . . Ditto Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who dropped in for lunch Thursday.
Sneedlings . . .
Friday’s birthdays: Melanie Griffith, 56; Bill Daley, 65, and David Steinberg, 71.