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. Marilyn

    so this is how you spend our campaign contributions? Flying a dozen friends to Hawaii? Use your own personal funds for your vacations.

    August 8, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. BJ

    To all Obama supporters who donated $5-100 dollars of their hard-earned money, as an investment for their future with Obama!!!

    See how much this buys you? A Hawaiian holiday for Obama and his gang, on the campaign plane.

    They all should just stay there until January, 2009 when Hillary is in the White House!

    August 8, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Debby

    Is this the jet that Obama's supporters are paying for with their donations??? Why not take a commercial jet like us poor slobs have to do. He thinks this is Air Force One. hahahaha

    August 8, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Enlightened Voter

    You people are incredibly ignorant. It's okay that mccain has taken six vacations during the campaign and refuses to work on weekends but when the hardest working candidate Obama decides to he gets bashed for it. He needs it the way you fools and mcdummy have treated him. And Nancy from FL – GO PUMAS!!! – why because he's black? Don't you puma/pac babes hate it that you can't blame Barack for hillary's mismanagement of her campaign finances? She couldn't even run her campaign and yet you wanted her to run your country?? She is suckering all you morons into paying for her poor choices and you guys fell for it hook line and sinker. Now go pay that chicks debt and shut up and vote for mcsurge.

    August 8, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Nancy from FL is IGNORANT!!!!


    Your children are in far worse hands, yours. They would benefit from time spent with less ignorant people.

    August 8, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Helene

    Unlike McSame he does not use his wife private plane.

    August 8, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. RGreen

    Nancy from FL: I would never trust my children with someone like you. Children are impressionable and I would not want them to pick up your habit of casting aspersions against people without evidence or even actually saying anything. And, why is "man" in quotation marks? Do you doubt he is a man? Hillary or McCain 2008? What kind of a choice is that? If that is the choice you are making you are off your rocker. First of all, Hillary is out of the campaign. Second, if you think McCain has Hillary's supporters best interests in mind, you haven't been paying attention to the last year and a half.

    August 8, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Willow, from Iowa

    I think its great. He, unlike his opponent, has been working 7 days a week for quite awhile now. He needs to take some time off to recuperate. He will be busy from the time he comes back until after the election, and then busier than ever after January 09.

    I think the reason people will criticize him for some minor things, they have no major things to criticize anymore. He has been vetted, and they are grasping at straws.

    Obama 08/12

    August 8, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. CP-Texas


    He did not take tax payer money you uninformed pion. Simple minds get simple minded leaders like McCain.

    Nancy in FL,

    Hopefully you wonj't breed. Seeems he is raising two butiful and smart young ladies, what do you have to show from your trailer....PUMA's go away.

    OBAMA 08' & 12'

    August 8, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |



    August 8, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Steve


    "Please don't come back."

    How funny, guest you know what you want in leader.

    No wonder the country is going down the drain.

    August 8, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Ed M

    Let the guy take a rest from McStupids smear campaign, he needs to rest up and come back fighting. When are you McStupid followers gonna reallze he is the best person for the job!!

    OBAMA 08!!

    August 8, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. blaising

    Get some well deserved rest my friend...then come back and kick some McBush rear.

    McBush will be lost not having you to copy and follow around for a week.

    August 8, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. eye's of the wise

    What a great guy, a true American, going back home to see his sick grandmother, and have her see her greatgrandchildren, now that's what I call a regular guy

    August 8, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. RGreen

    Belle: The article stated he was on his campaign plane. So, obviously, his campaign is paying for the trip. I am an Obama contributor. I'm not mad. You obviously are not, so why are you? I think it is a well-deserved vacation. It doesn't cost any more to fly the Obama's to Hawaii than it does if you add a dozen friends. I think it shows he is a good friend to include his friends and their children. If you are concerned about taxpayer's dollars, you should be paying more attention to the War in Iraq. That's where your taxpayers' dollars are going and your taxpayers' sons and daughters. No mention of the billions we are spending in Iraq each month, but you would begrduge someone a vacation. Priority check.

    August 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Cynthia

    It's great that he is getting some down time. He will come back "fired up and ready to go".

    August 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. ANGIE

    Enjoy your vacation senator obama!!! You deserve some family time with campaiging for almost two years with the primaries and now the general, lets hope the media will leave you and your family time alone and focus more on mccain, be safe have fun!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. NoMcSame

    Hawaii is his home people. Don't hear any of you crying when bush goes to TX or McSame goes to AZ to hold big parties for republicans. Stop hating. He should spend time with his kids and wife. You people are crazy. Bush is in China having a good time in a COMMUNIST country where the people still have no voting rights.
    Bash, surge, bash, surge, bash, surge is all that most of you talk about.

    August 8, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. Desmond Sequeira


    August 8, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Greenville, MS

    Belle, you're so uninformed. You don't have to let the world know it though! When Obama decided not to except public campaign funds he spared you and other none supporters of his from having a say in how he spends his campaign cash.

    I hope he enjoys his vacation with his family and friends. After all, he needs and deserves it like Ruth said. You people can be so critical of of the most innocent of things. Do you know that your Congress and Senate is on vacation right now and are actually paid by taxpayers???


    August 8, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Jack

    Hopefully he chartered the plane with his own money. But in doing so, doesn't that make him an elitist?

    And I thought Bush took a lot of vacations.

    August 8, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Michael J

    He's going on vacation in the campaign plane?! Really? I hope donations aren't paying for the flight.

    August 8, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Sane John

    Nancy from FL: What, a big scary black man like Obama? Careful, your racism is showing.

    I'd rather have Obama watch my kids then McCain, McCain'd get upset, fly off the handle, and kick them across the room.

    Remember, Obama is *from* Hawaii, for him to go to Hawaii is no different then me going back home to Chicago for a holiday. Obama was freaking born in Hawaii, he's taking a trip back home.

    Additionally, Hawaii is a state like the other 49, and has a say in the election same as the rest of us. I'm sure they're happy to have a native son back in the state.

    August 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Kevin-Seattle

    Okay McCain/McCain supporters....Obama is on vacation. The media is all yours but please stop with the childish ads. To psycho analyze McCain...he spends so much attention on what Obama is doing that maybe he is a little jealous or envious. Have a great trip with the family Obama!!

    August 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Tony Z- MD

    These PUMA folks must be crazy. To say it Hillary or McCain. How different are they? Its like saying if I can't go to Heaven than I am going to enjoy HELL.

    August 8, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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