- The presidential candidate took the six-hour, 1,300-mile flight from the Iowa State Fair for Vernon Jordan’s 80th birthday celebration
- Hillary’s husband Bill, US President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their daughters Sasha and Malia were also at party
- Jordan, a civil-rights activist, attorney and business executive, advised Bill Clinton when he was president and has known the Obamas for decades
- The three men and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk were pictured playing golf together on Martha’s Vineyard earlier on Saturday
- At the same time Hillary was fending off criticism about using private email for government business
- Speaking at Iowa State Fair, she insisted that prospective voters did not care about about her email account
America’s two foremost Democratic families – the Obamas and the Clintons – mingled on Saturday night as politics mixed with summer repose on swanky Martha’s Vineyard.
US President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their daughters Sasha and Malia, and former president Bill Clinton and his wife, the Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, were star guests at the 80th birthday party for their mutual friend Vernon Jordan.
So important was the event deemed to be that Hillary broke off from her campaign to fly 1,300 miles from Iowa State Fair, where she had been speaking earlier in the day.
Other guests at the party for civil-rights activist Jordan included Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault and former Baltimore Orioles player Brian Roberts.
Although the party was private, guests could be heard rocking out to the Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson dance hit Uptown Funk.
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The Obamas, who are spending their annual two-week family getaway on the Massachusetts island, departed the party around three hours after they arrived.
On Saturday afternoon, Barack and Bill played golf together, with Jordan and former ambassador Ron Kirk rounding out their foursome at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs.
‘Good!’ said a spry-looking Clinton – donning light blue pants and a dark shirt – after Obama made his putt on the first hole.
The former president then kneeled down to scope out his own putt before joining Obama on a golf cart to be driven to the second hole.
The occasional golf partners had crossed paths the day before when both played separately on another golf course on the Vineyard.
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.
Clinton took a six-hour flight to Martha’s Vineyard from Iowa State Fair, where she had insisted that prospective voters did not care about about her email account.
‘We’ll see how this all plays out, but it’s not anything that people talk to me about around the country,’ she told a mass of reporters huddled outside a barn at the fair in Des Moines.
She also insisted that she never sent or received emails marked classified through her homebrew email server, and she accused her Republican opponents and GOP lawmakers of partisanship as the email affair continued to overshadow her campaign.
She plans to hold campaign fundraisers while on Martha’s Vineyard. Later in the month, she will vacation with her husband in the Hamptons in New York.
Obama and his family vacation every August on Martha’s Vineyard, and he has spent most of this year’s trip on the golf course. He returns to Washington on August 23.
He and Bill Clinton overcame a once-tense relationship stemming from the 2008 Democratic presidential race, in which the then US senator beat Hillary for the party’s nomination.
But the men have been occasional golf partners since Obama became president, and Bill campaigned hard for his re-election in 2012.
Obama’s preference in the current presidential race has been the source of intense interest, as the Democrats assess which of the potential candidates poses the best prospect for securing his legacy and carrying it forward.
Obama hasn’t tipped his hand – praising both Clinton and Biden effusively. He is not expected to endorse a candidate in the Democratic primary.
Their friend Vernon Jordan, who built a career on Wall Street and was a top aide to Bill Clinton, is expected to endorse Hillary’s campaign.
He backed her in 2008 then supported Obama – whom he has known for decades – after Hillary was defeated by him.
Both Obama and Bill Clinton attended a party hosted last year by Jordon on Martha’s Vineyard, where he and his wife summer each year.
During that event, both Bill and Barack toasted their host, with Obama praising Jordan for his ‘wisdom, generosity and kindness’.