March 25th, 2008
08:45 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama hits St. Thomas, meets with governor 'unofficially'

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CNN Exclusive video of Obama vacationing on the island of St. Thomas. Photo credit: CNN/Welch.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (CNN) - For three days, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is enjoying some private down time on the island of St. Thomas, a source close to the U.S. territory's Government House in the capital of Charlotte Amalie confirmed Monday.

The source also confirmed that Gov. John deJongh "unofficially" met with the Illinois senator and his family upon their arrival at St. Thomas' Cyril E. King Airport Sunday morning.

Obama campaign officials had been vague about the Obama family trip.

The senator will resume campaigning on Wednesday in North Carolina.

Related: Watch CNN's Exclusive footage of Sen. Obama on vacation

–CNN'S Chris Welch, in Charlotte Amalie


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Mr. T

    Obama please do us a favor and drop out. You don't stand a chance in the GE. We need someone tough like Hillary, your anything but.
    Plus that your a lier.

    March 24, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Gigi Soliman

    A man who wants to run the country, takes vacations after tough CAMPAIGNING?! Wow, yeah he can really take pressure, not. He takes breaks from an important election, you know the one that he's been so busy with that he can't do his Senatorial duties. This man has management problems, a lot like someone else in the White House right now.

    March 24, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. c

    joanna.....very racial comment there.....i hope u dont live where i live. i have enough racial people.

    March 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. c

    Betty in Ca: i agree with you!!

    March 24, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Cecil

    It's amazing the hate some people have toward Obama and Hillary.
    Some of you people really need to get a life.

    Mr. Obama and his wife both have well paying jobs.

    Senator Clinton looks very tired as well, and should take some time R&R herself.

    Lets not forget Sen. Hillary Clinton and her Husband are no Angels.
    I sure wish some of you folks were running for President,

    Obama 08

    March 24, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. tjohnson

    how do know what he was doing Easter sunday, people are so critical , so quick to judge someone , so quick to feed into the media, so quick to talk with out really thinking about what they say. Its horrible, everything the man does is criticized simply because of what he represents: he represents change, he represent a different type of President one who is not afraid to discuss his Faith, race relations, and to bring real change to this country. He can also tackle the issues. To everyone leaving hateful comments , really take the time to analyze your self why do feel the need to dwell on insignificant issues such as this one about Obama's trip to the Virgin Islands. Like any on is he not allowed to take a family vacation. How do you know he didnt go to Church while in the Vigin Islands. Like I said so quick to judge, so quick to hate, simply because you feel so strongly Hillary is the best canidate. Lets focus on the issues people. As a Christian the focus for me is not this el ection but one the one above : who supplies all my needs and will be the only one to save this country, to make it a better place. The Lord Jesus Christ , God.

    March 24, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. tjohnson

    how do know what he was doing Easter sunday, people are so critical , so quick to judge someone , so quick to feed into the media, so quick to talk with out really thinking about what they say. Its horrible, everything the man does is criticized simply because of what he represents: he represents change, he represent a different type of President one who is not afraid to discuss his Faith, race relations, and to bring real change to this country. He can also tackle the issues. To everyone leaving hateful comments , really take the time to analyze your self why do feel the need to dwell on insignificant issues such as this one about Obama's trip to the Virgin Islands. Like any on is he not allowed to take a family vacation

    March 24, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Glenn McKinley

    To all of you at cnn we the the people can see a lot you are againts Barack Obama. Because every time some comes up you're the ones that keep talking a bout it. No one else is talking about the Pastor Wright remarks. It seem that everytime someone brought on the only that you keep talking about is the remarks. And I think that is you'll idear is to keep harping on it to keep it on everyone mind. So why don't you all stick with the real issuse that he is the best canidate in the race. And not about some remarks his pastor made.

    March 24, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. tjohnson

    How do you know he didnt go to Church while in the Vigin Islands. Like I said so quick to judge, so quick to hate, simply because you feel so strongly Hillary is the best canidate. Lets focus on the issues people. As a Christian the focus for me is not this el ection but one the one above : who supplies all my needs and will be the only one to save this country, to make it a better place. The Lord Jesus Christ , God.

    March 24, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Marie

    CNN
    You need to be covering Hillary's brilliant economic speech. You CNN are not fair to Hillary. All the free Obama air time last week on LKL and AC 360. Someone should take a look at this lopsided coverage in favor of Obama. If you can't be fair to both candidates, then don't cover the primaries at all.

    March 24, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. sac

    hillary is a lair, just like her man, i feel sorry for the American people

    March 24, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. RETIRED PROF. W/WOMAN OF 63

    Good for Obama. Getting all rested so he can meet "the attack dog"
    when he gets back.

    OBAMA/EDWARDS and No one else will do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Gavin

    OBAMA IS NOT "WRIGHT" FOR THE JOB

    March 24, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Sante

    Then "OTHER" politision is again on shoing trip!
    How much now?
    I do not know how still beleives you?

    March 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Sd

    He's on vacation alright. He went to steal more speeches he is just running out of them here. He won't let Michelle write them because she foams at the mouth. Is she not proud of america again? Ask her if she is proud of the Virgin Islands today. Get some rest barry your going to need it. Maybe you can bring back a new pastor.

    Hillary President of the United States......

    March 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. DeVone

    to the writter who writes he is on vacation rather then praying in
    church there are churchs in St Thomas. Oh true christians pray
    at all times we pray on the toilet so if you pray think be for you
    speak we donot know The Holy Spirit just may have be the
    reason the vacation just as Easter is Resurrection Sunday
    the reason for the season . so if you are goin to be holy be
    truly holy

    March 24, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. Valerie

    You all have got to be kidding me. Senator Obama and his family deserve some time off. He has two little girls who have not seen their father much lately. Please give the Obama bashing a rest. And how do you all know that he didn't attend church service on yesterday.
    Grow up!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08

    March 24, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. ella692001

    Obviously Bill does not know what family values are and also spending time with family is ...Because he is too busy getting his freak on with interns and other women.
    If I ever go to one of the HRC rallies,I am going ask Bill a question on family values and morales..I bet he will blush with shame

    March 24, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Margaret, Grayslake IL

    Go Sen. Obama we need change in this country. We do not want re-runs in the White House. They are intelligent people like Obama who can bring change to this country that it is really needed. Please Hillary Clinton should check the math and just quit now so that she can maintain her dignity. It is over for Hillary let us face it. Sen. Richardson saw it and did the right thing, the only people in denial is Hillary.

    March 24, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. TP

    Good for you Obama. You need some time off. With the lead you have, you can afford it. At least you take time off to be with your family. It show you have family values as well as your good judgement in politics. More than I can say about your opponent.

    Obama/Richardson 08.

    March 24, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. jay

    Great Job Obama. Rest, spend time with your wife and daughters.
    Obama '08

    March 24, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. cecil

    A well deserve rest.

    Obama 08

    March 24, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    A well deserved few days rest.
    Enjoy it Barack, then come back even stronger.

    March 24, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    Are some of you mentally ill. The family went on vacation.... What on earth is wrong with that. I go on vacations, you go on vacations, I think most American families go on vactions. Stop being so nasty and get a life.

    However, I must also ask the best political team......... what is the story? I think you should all start doing your job instead of acting like tabloid reporters.

    March 24, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. Darth Vadik, CA

    kevin from alaska,

    The only reason McCain even has 40 million dollars is because he dumped one wife and married the daughter of a beer "tycoon" who financed his first political campaign.

    Anyway, the only people that should feel bad about donating money is the Huckabee people, he played them like a fiddle.

    March 24, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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