August 8th, 2008
09:31 AM ET
10 years ago

Aloha Obama

Obama’s Hawaiian vacation starts today.

Obama’s Hawaiian vacation starts today.

(CNN) - Barack Obama and his family are on their way to Hawaii aboard the Illinois senator's campaign plane. They'll journey to Oahu, where they will spend several days visiting his extended family.

They've been joined on board by more than a dozen family friends. The section of the plane usually reserved for staff is filled with children under the age of 12.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Belle

    Taxpayers dollars hard at work. But I guess it is a campaign expense if he shakes someone's hand during his vacation.

    August 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Now lets just see how McCain wates your time and money while Obama is in Hawaii............

    August 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Clinton/McCain

    Please don't come back.

    August 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    And who said, "You can never go home again"?!!

    August 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Nancy from FL - GO PUMAS!!!

    I would never trust my children with a "man" like Obama!!!! Never!!!


    August 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. MKL

    It beats flying commercial.

    August 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Obama Supporter from FL

    Oh cute! They brought all the kids and their friends along! I hope they have a great and safe trip.

    August 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Citizen Ruth

    I'm glad he is taking a family vactation. They need it. He needs it. He has a tough few months ahead of him. No doubt people will criticize him for doing this, Here they come.........

    August 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Lisa

    It's funny how once the media says the American people are sick and tired of Obama. The first thing he does is go on vacation!! He will do and say anything to win!

    August 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Barack the Vote in RI

    A vacation well deserved.

    August 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. SPQR753

    Hi CNN,

    Is this a story??? Nothing better to do?

    August 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. faye, NV

    A well deserved trip, hope you guys have fun. There is nothing like family.

    August 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Jason

    Going on vacation aboard his campaig plane??? I bet all his donors are paying for his vacation in Hawaii.......

    August 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Walter

    Ah, sounds like the average IQ in the staff section just shot up!

    Maybe on the flight over, the kids can come up with a response to the McSame smear campaign.

    So how do you handle a playground bully when there aren't any adults around?

    August 8, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. faye, NV

    You bitter people need to grow up or shut up. Calling yourselves Hillary fans. If you are a true Hillary fan, why not join her and support the Dem party. Take back the White House and get this country back on track.

    Hillary is not the NOMINATEE get over the maddness and begin to embrace the Dems to victory.

    August 8, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Snerdboy says

    Dittoheads unite.Meet me at the nearest cliff.

    August 8, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Joe Kiloz

    Don't worry about the country while you're there. The medium will carry your message until you get back. Please send postcards with Hawaiian shirts. Sorry I can't join you, gas is $4.39 in LA and the plane fare is kind of steep.

    Hope you enjoy it with some Dom P, caviar and tootles !

    August 8, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Walter

    Hey Belle, don't you ever read a newspaper?

    It's McCain who is jetting around on your dime, not Obama.

    The Obama campaign is raising all of its money privately. So, Belle, wise up or shut up!

    August 8, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |

    That is so funny. I bet Obamaflies love spending money on Barrack. They don't even care that he is using their money to charter a giant family and friends vacation. Clinton 2012.

    August 8, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. BR

    What is it like to be a kool-aid drinking lib? The Messiah is a joke. So are all of his followers.

    August 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Ted - NYC

    Obama going on vacation is more interesting news than McCain anyday. Watch as the media covers his vacation more than they will cover McCain next week. And before you get carried away, it's not Obama asking for it. It's the media following him. I love this guy!!!!

    Let's elect the smart guy. Away with the angry guy.

    August 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Len in Washington

    Stop already with the "Tax Stuff."
    This came out of campaign funds and I don't give a hoot if he spends some of my money doing this. He deserves a break. Remember, John McCain goes back to Arizona almost every weekend to "rest."

    August 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Barbara

    Belle I was waiting for someone like you to say something stupid like that. OUR TAX DOLLARS...... PLEASE

    We all know where our tax dollars are going and it ain't Obama's family trip.


    August 8, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. wisdom

    Please go we don't want to see anymore of him

    August 8, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. minnesota grandmother

    Belle, what makes you think taxpayers paid for the trip? It's his campaign plane, not Air Force One...which by the way, taxpayers do pay for when the president goes on his little campaign fundraising trips.

    All of you "it's Clinton or I'm voting for Mccain" folks obviously didn't know or care about her message.

    Nancy from Florida...I have no idea why you put the word man in quotes, but based on his two girls, and his desire and efforts to spend quality time with them, it's apparent that he's a good father.

    August 8, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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