Sneed: Chicago financial guru ‘honored’ Obama is renting his home
By Michael Sneed August 13, 2013 10:42PM
President Barack Obama orders lunch at Nancy's restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. The president and first lady are on vacation on the island. | Jacquelyn Martin~AP
Updated: September 15, 2013 6:34AM
The Obama vacation . . .
A little serendipity: Uber Chicago financial guru David Schulte — whose home President Barack and his family are renting in Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard — claims the rental had nothing to do with him being an Obama campaign donor. It was just a coincidence . . . and he has not talked to the president once about his vacation.
“The rental came about exclusively between people other than me and the president,” Schulte said. “We were honored.”
Schulte named his company, Chilmark Partners, after his favorite vacation spot. “I’ve been going to Chilmark for more than 40 years, and my wife has been going there even longer. It is a special place for me, so when I started by business in 1984, I chose that name.
“What I like about it is the quiet rural beauty. No traffic lights, no neon signs. Some years back, around 1979, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin were all in Chilmark, and all either bought or tried to buy property. This prompted a friend to remark, ‘Oh my God, “Saturday Night Live” is coming to Saturday Night Dead!’ The town, by design, hasn’t changed much since then.”
Oh oh Oprah . . .
Swiss shenanigans: TV diva Oprah Winfrey, who fired up a media storm last week by accusing a Swiss saleswoman of being racist for refusing to show her a $38,000 purse, issued a tepid apology Monday night for stirring up the press.
◆ To wit: During a trip down the red carpet to fete her new movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Winfrey told newsies: “I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I’m really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland,” Winfrey said.
The Clinton resort . . .
The Clintons, Hill and Bill, are drifting Republican in their vacation house hunt, renting a lot near the ocean in Sagaponack, N. Y., owned by a Mitt Romney presidential donor, Michael Saperstein. How much da rent? An estimated $100,000 simoleons a week.
Downward dog . . .
Puppy plea: The little pooch rescued by Chicago firemen while battling a blaze in Chicago’s Gresham neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon needs a home. The cute canine, a male pit bull mix who is nameless, was very happy to be rescued from extra-alarm fire in the 7600 Block of South Eggleston. Now he needs to be rescued from Animal Care & Control at 2741 S. Western Ave., before he gets the green needle.
The ring thing . . .
Ring. Ring. Did you know Singer Kelly Clarkson’s auction purchase last year of a gold and turquoise ring once owned by legendary Brit author Jane Austen is the subject of a battle to keep the artifact from leaving England? Now you do.
The Bulger trial . . .
Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger may be appealing his multiple murder convictions, but observers are wondering if all the notes he was taking on his legal pad were being penned for a memoir.
◆ Puck luck: Bulger has reportedly waived his right to fight for the cash and guns found in his home when he was arrested in California two years ago, but he wants to keep a 1986 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup ring.
Bob’s job . . .
What’s the world coming to? A sign was spotted in a San Diego area Hooters restaurant saying that Mayor Bob Filner, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a boatload of furious femmes, was not welcome because of his treatment of women.
I spy . . .
Gibsons is hoppin’! Basketball’s bad dude Dennis Rodman dining at Gibsons on Saturday and behaving himself, thankyouverymuch. . . . At a table nearby was Colin “Weekend Update” Quinn. . . . Comedy Central darlings Jeff Ross and Amy Schumer stopped by the same night . . . as well as Adam “CSI: Miami” Rodriguez . . . and Jason “90210” Priestley dropped by Gibsons Steakhouse in Rosemont on Saturday.
Sneedlings . . .
Wednesday’s birthdays: Halle Berry, 47; Magic Johnson, 54, and Steve Martin, 68.