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. Jason

    Hopefully he comes back with some renewed energy for the stretch run. It's been a long, long campaign for Obama. Because of "I won't quit" Hillary, he didn't get the break that McCain had.

    I have no problem with him using some of the campaign money for his vacation. This won't stop me from donating more, either.

    August 8, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. matter what!

    All you sore loser Hillary supporters need to take a look at the bigger picture! If you think voting for McCain is better than voting for Obama, then you really were voting for Hillary for all the wrong reasons....cuz she's a woman. Stop being so proudful of not having YOUR favorite person win and vote for who's best for this country!

    Hillary and Obama are identically the same when it comes to policies, especially when you compare Obama to McBush! Do you really want another 8 years of business as usual with the Bush policies still destroying this country???

    I don't care who the Democratic nominee is, I'm a Democrat no matter what! Go enjoy Hawaii Sen. deserve it!

    August 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Shari, NY

    Thank you Senator Obama for showing respect for fellow Americans by choosing to take time centred around the Olympics so that we too can enjoy a bit of diversion from the political shenanigans (aka frivolous Republican ads). Please keep the media away from you, and god bless!

    August 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. marlyt51

    Hey Nancy,Obama is going to be the candidate and next president. If you want to vote for Mccan't fine.It's your right. But when you go over to Mcbush stay there we don't need you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama 08.

    August 8, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Mark - Minnesota Obama Supporter

    Good for Barack – the Country's going to be watching the Olympics and he needs to recharge his batteries. Better to have a plane load of kids on Obama's plane that to have a plane load of communists on McCain's. A vote for McCain is a vote for continuing the recession we're in and a continuation of Bush's failed policies.

    August 8, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Mikey

    Nancy from FL – GO PUMAS!!! August 8th, 2008 12:39 pm ET
    I would never trust my children with a "man" like Obama!!!! Never!!!
    Nice comment PUMA. Very revealing of the ugliness inside of you. Why are most of the comments from PUMAS laden with ugliness and disrespect and completely devoid of substance?

    Why if there are so many loyal Clinton PUMAS out there, has her debt actually grown since she "suspended" her campaign?

    Hope the 47 of you plus the hundreds of imposters that Rush busses in have a great time in Denver. I expect the atmosphere around you will be one of bitterness and hate, exactly the opposite of the positive, optimistic atmosphere at the Obama offices I have visited as a volunteer.

    August 8, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Sounds like a long flight. I hope they brought along enough chaperons for all of those kids.

    They should have taken McCain along. They could have a BBQ throwdown. McCain's ribs vs. Obama's steaks.

    August 8, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Al from Tucson, AZ

    We should all take vacation when your time comes. We work hard and we hardly take a vacation.

    As for those haters, I say get over it and elect the Change Candidate.


    August 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. KD


    How is this taxpayer money at work? His campaign is privately financed by the millions of normal everyday citizens. McCain is the one who accepted public funding.

    August 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Mike & Kelly

    My lord, this guy can't do any right by anyone, huh? He's a family man and going to visit his family and go on vacation with his family. What is wrong with all of you, seriously?
    And that stupid comment about wouldn't trust your kids around Obama, are you for real? You just wish your children were half as intelligent as his daughters and well mannered.
    You all make me sick, don't let your sadness of Hilliary losing fill you up with so much hate that you would spew out of your mouth the same business that come out of you rear.
    Grow up.

    August 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. ps

    Very interesting use of campaign money....

    August 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Sprayem

    I hope he has a great trip. Leading in the polls, and got the racists mad. That means youre doing something right.

    Also, "pumas" [lol]. Clinton is not going to have a political career after November if she messes things up. This McCain 2008 Clinton 2012 stuff is not possible. We wont vote for her.

    August 8, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Pat

    To Nancy in Florida.

    You make it quite clear that you love America, but you hate Americans.

    Kinda reminds me of Rush Limbaugh.

    August 8, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Shawn - GA

    I am speachless... He feels there is absolutly nothing wrong with this too. This man is buying into his own hype!

    August 8, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Jonny Warner robins

    When is it sin to take a well deserved holiday?. I am happy he taking a vacation to get ready for Mc-shame. Enjoy your break because the heavier load is ahead. Mc Liar will soon fabricate more of his acid laced concoctions.

    August 8, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. 4Obama

    Why is CNN reporting on this since 48% are tired of hearing about Obama. CNN should focus on McCain while Obama is on vacation. How about respecting him and his family?

    August 8, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. HA


    How do I put this; "SHUT UP OR GO AWAY!!!" You PUMAS sound like children!!! We get it!! You do not like Obama!! Fine!! Shut up and let the adult supports of McCain and Obama talk. Go outside and play or something.

    August 8, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Obama supporter: When is it McCain's turn for Scutiny?

    Oh, Belle it isn't taxpayer's dollars that will pay for Obama's have it confused with McCain...enjoy your time with your grandmother, family and friends!!

    August 8, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. jobeanlu

    Bella, CAMPAIGN PLANE=CAMPAIGN DOLLARS not taxpayer dollars, he can't even go on vacation without being critized. Those who swear that they can't stand him are interested in his every move.

    August 8, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Thomas, Illinois

    Nancy from FL--Why not?

    August 8, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. proud army and navy mom

    ALOHA, Obamas.

    But please keep an eye on the sneaky Clintons and mcsenile. Be ready to respond to his attacks immediately. Don't let him get any cheapshots in without responding.

    August 8, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. LT for Obama

    Let the attacks begin. Heaven forbid that McCain is ridculed fo his weekends off while Obama continues to work hard for this country.

    When he gets back, the GOP and their candidate had better duck. Obama has only just gotten started.

    August 8, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Club Med, Sandals, The Rivera ... no

    Senator – Enjoy this break before the convention and the long fall campaign.

    I would remind the Obama-haters that McCain has largely taken his weekends off while Obama has not. I would also reminded all voters that McCain had 2 months of leisure time while the Democratic primary was still dragging on.

    Obama deserves this and it says something about him that he chooses to spend his vacation visiting his sister and other family. Don't be hating just because she's from Hawaii.

    August 8, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. JOHfromATLforOBAMA


    what do you mean you would never trust a "man" like obama with your children..what do you mean? Oh, you must have met him before and so you KNOW not to trust him with your children.

    You must be a republican.

    August 8, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. justreading

    Nancy From FL and Clinton/McCain please tell me what McCain will do to better your lives?

    August 8, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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