Oh boy. What’s going on over at the Obamas? Did someone know too much?
A nearly similar tale connected to the Clinton White House surfaced after the identification of a drowning victim from Martha’s Vineyard who had ties to former president Barack Obama.
The paddleboarder who had submerged and failed to surface on Sunday night was still missing, and the hunt for him had picked up early on Monday morning in Edgartown Great Pond. When ex-White House chef Tafari Campbell was found by the MA Environmental Police, the multi-agency investigation ended, according to news releases.
Campbell, of Dumfries, Virginia, was identified as the victim despite initial reports claiming he was 43 years old. He is survived by his wife Sherise and their 19-year-old twin sons Xavier and Savin. The former White House sous chef, who had continued to work for the Obamas after the president’s term ended, had been in Martha’s Vineyard, according to the Massachusetts State Police.
According to information provided by CBS News, Campbell had previously worked for the White House as a chef after being employed during the tenure of former President George W. Bush. He was one of the few culinary staff members that stayed on during the change.
Soon after his identification was confirmed, social media users started to make comparisons to a 2015 tragedy in which Walter Scheib, 61, a former executive chef at the White House, was found drowned after going on a hike in New Mexico’s Yerba Canyon. Scheib had previously worked for the White House of former President Bill Clinton, according to an article from USA Today at the time.
Holy sh*t. This wasn’t even the first time. pic.twitter.com/ipsGsu7ODy
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) July 24, 2023
So Clinton AND Obama chef’s both drowned.
WHAT ARE THE ODDS?! pic.twitter.com/9OqGQZDfsl
— Spitfire (@DogRightGirl) July 25, 2023
Tafari Campbell is a former White House chef who cooked for the Obama family.
Walter Scheib is another former chef for the White House and cooked for the Clinton family.
Both of these men drowned. pic.twitter.com/B7iJkwueNu
— Amiri King (@AmiriKing) July 25, 2023
After the first report described how an anonymous companion had reported the occurrence to the 911 dispatcher connected to the multimillion-dollar mansion belonging by the Obamas, suspicion surrounding the Sunday night drowning only deepened.
People Magazine provided a few more details, including that the body was found in only 8 feet of water, which isn’t deep at all:
Massachusetts State Police, who confirmed Campbell’s death to PEOPLE, said in a news release that Campbell, who was from Dumfries, Virginia, was recovered by divers from a pond on Edgartown Great Road shortly before 10 a.m. ET.
“MSP Underwater Recovery Unit divers made the recovery after the victim’s body was located by Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers deploying side-scan sonar from a boat,” the department said in the release, noting the recovery was made “approximately 100 feet from shore at a depth of about eight feet.”
The search started at 7:46 p.m. ET on Sunday when Martha’s Vineyard police and fire agencies responded to a 911 call for “a male paddle boarder who had gone into the water, appeared to briefly struggle to stay on the surface, and then submerged and did not resurface.”
A shot of the pond on Monday
After the victim’s identity was made public, a 2017 photo of him and his wife in Aruba with the caption #stillcantswim quickly went viral.
But further investigation of his Instagram page revealed that the chef “later became a proficient swimmer.”
The Obama chef who reportedly drowned later became a proficient swimmer.
More from his IG feed.
— Jordan Schachtel @ dossier.today (@JordanSchachtel) July 24, 2023
Obama’s chef who drowned while paddleboarding in a 8 ft deep pond by Obama’s home was a decent swimmer. This is from his IG: pic.twitter.com/4MjrHZ866H
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) July 25, 2023
The Obamas recalled their employee who was seen in the midst of a 2015 program on NBC’s “Today” in which the president was touting the beer created by Campbell utilizing honey from the vegetable garden of the then-first lady Michelle Obama in a statement released to the media.
“Tafari was a beloved part of our family,” the statement read, “When we first met him, he was a talented sous chef at the White House — creative and passionate about food, and its ability to bring people together. In the years that followed, we got to know him as a warm, fun, extraordinarily kind person who made all of our lives a little brighter.”
“That’s why, when we were getting ready to leave the White House, we asked Tafari to stay with us, and he generously agreed,” they continued. “He’s been part of our lives ever since, and our hearts are broken that he’s gone.”
According to the police, “President and Mrs. Obama were not present at the residence at the time of the accident.”
The Daily Mail added that the Obamas were on the island, though.
“It’s unclear who he was with at the time. A 911 call described him as wearing all black and not wearing a life jacket,” the outlet reported.
Initially, the Obamas’ office said they were not home. Their office clarified on Monday that they were on the island, just not at the residence when Campbell drowned.
The Mail added that “It remains unclear whether Campbell suffered any kind of medical episode while on the board.”
In an Instagram post this morning, Tafari’s wife, Sherise, said: ‘My heart is broken. My life and our family’s life is forever changed. Please pray for me and our families as I deal with the loss of my husband.’
The pair shared twin 19-year-old sons.
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