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
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  1. Tanya

    To Nancy from FL.:

    I voted for Sen. Clinton and would do it again if she was nominated.

    Yet, when I read mean and stupid postings such as yours and others from PUMA, I can not begin to understand how anyone who supposedly supported Hillary can have such a tiny tiny mind!

    You are a shame to her name!

    August 8, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Texas Trail Dog!


    August 8, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. PUMA in Training

    This just in!!!!!!

    "Obama removed his shoes during mid-flight. He was reading the paper; he coughed twenty minutes later. He then looked behind his seat see to see what his kids were up to while Michelle powdered her nose. "

    Next story – Learn what Obama had for lunch!!!

    Thank you, CNN for keeping us all informed!!

    August 8, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Jay

    as usual, we pay for his little week long junket,. Why would Obama worry about spending over a million dollars of taxpayer money on a personal vacation? Is this even legal?

    August 8, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Jasmyne

    Belle August 8th, 2008 12:35 pm ET

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

    Can someone please tell this person that Obama kindly opted out of public financing...All of the money that he gets is from HIS SUPPORTERS. And as an Obama supporter who has contributed money to his campaign I do not mind one bit if he uses his campaign airplane to fly a bunch of kids to hawaii. get a life and get informed.

    August 8, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. wanda a.


    OBAMA 08

    August 8, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Voter

    Is this what campaign dollars are REALLY for?

    Only the smuggest elitist of them all would take off, along with a convoy of friends and family, when the rest of us are trying to provide something nice for our own families and friends called a "STAYCATION."

    Only a wealthy elitist snob would take a trip like this NOW.

    Lots of his own money because he is really wealthy despite moaning over student loans OR using campaign funds for private excursions.

    Either way, it sure isn't pretty, is it?

    August 8, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. jason

    racist people racist people and racist comments

    August 8, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Beverly, NYC

    Haters!!! what will you have to talk about for a week.
    Belle, do you have the same venom for McCain's Monday-Friday, no weekends schedule. Since he doesn't have any real plans I guess she can be a 9-5 president.

    August 8, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Relax and get your rest Senator have a monumental and critical task ahead of you. Now is the time and this is our moment, but we need you to win in order to make it all happen.

    August 8, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Abby

    hehe- The Joyously and negativity is kind of cute, HillGuys.

    Senator , enjoy your well deserved vacation.

    August 8, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Walt, Belton,TX

    This is his extended family on his muslim side or the Grandmother who he fails to acknowledge side?

    August 8, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Fernando

    Belle, just by looking at your comment, on top of this page, I can tell yo u are an ignorant Mccain supporter.

    Tax payers money ? Go educate yourself. He is not using tax payers money, however BUSH is ! He spent all of the money I've contributed to the US to start an endless war !! Don't even get me started on tax payers money...

    August 8, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. No Choice

    Typical politician....gotta take time off right in the thick of it all. If we (average Joe) had as much time off as our elected officials, our economy would stop in it's tracks. I am sure we are probably paying for his little trip too!

    August 8, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. banderson

    You can bet someone from the McCain campaign will try to criticize Senator Obama for spending time with his family. Even though we have seem over the last few months John McCain frequently have so called barbecues with his family and friends.

    August 8, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Gina-ATL

    Hey Nancy from FL-GO actually took the time to write something like that. You would trust your children with McCain who will without a doubt start WWIII and start drafting. I hope you have girls!

    August 8, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Greg

    For the good of our sanity, please don't hurry back!!

    August 8, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Indiana Voter

    I think this is wonderful! Also think it is sad that the mccain supporters are so negative. After all, how often is mccain heading to arizona for one thing or the other. In fact, he was taking weekends off for a long time. I do not begrudge him that as he needed the break as well as obama does now.

    August 8, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. W.H. Thomas

    To Belle and all u other bitter PUMAs..... My monthly $50 donations is paying for his trip to Hawaii, and I am no way upset about that. But our tax dollars is paying for the Iraq War and I am really mad about that.

    August 8, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Richard Rohde

    No McSame drank the Kool Aid.

    August 8, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Peggy - TX

    RE: Nancy from FL – GO PUMAS!!!

    Thanks for confirming what a lot of people are saying. The PUMA Repugs are simply and clearly, with out exception nutty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. greg

    wow, NoMcSame, now thats original.

    August 8, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Shasta

    Belle- don't be an idiot. Remember that HUGE scandal about him not accepting tax dollars? I'm sure you were in here whining about what a flip flopper he was back then. Get it together before you post.

    August 8, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Wow. I hope they get a chance to watch Opening Ceremonies from Beijing.


    August 8, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. I Agree

    RGreen, I could not agree with you more. People like Belle NEED A HUGE REALITY AND PRIORITY CHECK before they open their mouth. nuf sed!

    August 8, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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