August 8th, 2008
09:31 AM ET
6 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.


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  1. EBC

    Obama Haters are just JEALOUS. So keep on attacking, if THAT'S ALL you've got.

    HAVE A WONDERFUL TRIP SEN. OBAMA, MAY THE GOOD LORD KEEP YOU AND YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY SAFE!! A LITTLE DOWN TIME IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL. IT WILL REJUVENATE AND PROVIDE YOU WITH SOME PRECIOUS "FAMILY" TIME, FOR A LITTLE WHILE ANYWAYS. BECAUSE AS PRESIDENT, YOUR FREE TIME WILL BE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.

    SO CHERISH THIS MOMENT WITH YOUR FAMILY, RELATIVES, ETC. NEVER TAKE IT FOR GRANTED, FAMILY "IS" IMPORTANT.

    August 8, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Enough!!!

    Good for the Obamas and friends. I wish I was on that plane too. let's just be honest. I am sure the Repubs will take a swing at this too. And yes they are playing the race card because they know that race is still an issue and that the people that are racist against Obama will forgive McCain's lies quicker and be ready to demonize Obama for any little thing. It is so true and people would rather accept a lie than the truth. I know this for myself as an African American. And for the record, I don't feel like people owe my anything. If I was hungry I would not tell you. I hope McCain gets himself so deep in his quandry of lies til he can't swim his way out. The truth will make you free and the truth will make its way to the surface thru all of the blatant outright lies of McCain. I decree it and speak it into existence.

    August 8, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Susan

    Bells, don't be so stupid. You should change your name to moron. Obama takes a vacation for one week, and you jump all over him. At least he has been on the campaign trail continueously, unlike McGrampa, who has to take ever yweekend off to put his feet up and releive his gout!

    August 8, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. white female

    AS THEY SAY IN HAWAII, (WICKEY, WICKEY, HANG LOOSE OBAMA WE LOVE YOU HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE VACA. GET SOME R&R.
    i THINK YOU'RE THE BEST WE HAVE EVER SEEN IN THIS LIFE TIME.
    FOR PRESD. OF THE USA, YOU WILL BE THE BEST WE EVER HAD.

    YOU AND YOUR WIFE AND FAMILY SET SUCH A GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR THIS COUNTRY. SUCH FAMILY MORALS.
    OBAMA 08/12

    August 8, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Jill in Chicago

    Obama's on vacation, while Hillary is stumping for him in Nevada.
    Priority Checked.

    August 8, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Great, hope Obama's family and friends enjoy the vacation. It is well deserved and needed. Seeing and being with his grand-mother, I am sure it will give him calmness, wiseness and energy. Good grandmothers can do that for you.

    August 8, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. SUNSHINE

    clinton/mccain... dont come back?? its still in the united states... i could see if he were going to another country??? you probably regret writing this now, it make your IQ seem a little low

    August 8, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Bobby, Triangle, VA

    A well deserve vacation, Obama please get plenty of rest, you are going to need it when you come back and deal with these republican idiots!!!!

    August 8, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Go Obama – go visit your family.

    Don't worry about McShame – he's had 4 months walking around talking to himself and 50 to 60 week-end days off. We know McWarmonger is old and needs his rest.

    Enjoy your grandmoter – you deserve a break from the repuke liars.

    August 8, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. JIM...TX

    Belle....don't worry about who's paying for this trip. He's NOT taking any of your money unlike McCain. His supporters gladly pay. He could use some time at home...he doesn't get a nap or weekends off!

    August 8, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. YOUNG OBAMA

    OBAMA 2008!! Enjoy your trip, you definitely deserve it! You & your family are in our prayers. Get as much rest & relaxation as you can, we all know while youre away the McLames will be filling the media with more deceitfulness & lies. The road is long but the finish line is near. If God is with you who can be against you?!

    OBAMA 2008!!!

    August 8, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. CHRIS IN OREGON

    Strong families mean strong communities mean a strong nation. He is father and husband first then presidential candidate. That's how it should be in life, the positions we hold should not shape us rather we should shape it. We have forgotten why we work, it is to play, to provide for family,etc. Sen. Obama has been working every weekend whilst Mc with the Cain has been taking weekend off. Obama and family needs this down time.

    August 8, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. SaveTheDramaFoObamasMama

    Using his supporters money to take a vacation. Great. What fools his supporters are.

    And like all good obamabots, all they will say is.."I hope he has a nice vacation, he deserves it."

    Open your eyes obamabots, this man is a sham.

    August 8, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Nancy

    Doesn't Mccain take every weekend off? Obama, has to work everyday, even on his Birthday.

    August 8, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. seeing the truth

    safe and happy trip Sen. i still don't know how you did it, Europe home and straight to the streets

    August 8, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. McCain Supporter

    Give it a break people and get past the partisan BS: Senator Obama is a person just like you and me who is entitled to take a break. No matter how much you dislike him or disagree with his ideas, he seems to have been running a good campaign and deserves to spend some time with his families and friends. Hope he enjoys it.

    August 8, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Phil

    Nancy-PUMA I'm sure they'd be better off with him than with you,

    August 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Citizen Ruth

    I was actually going to point out that if McCain did this the dems would be all over it . You know like they are about McCain taking the weekend off , something that every other political figure dose as well.

    August 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. McCain Supporter

    typo: meant family not families (not trying to spread another rumor)

    August 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Matthew

    Is Hawaii his home? Or it Illinois? Or Kansas? Or Indonesia?

    August 8, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Chalice

    Obama is such a coward. He would rather lay on the beach in Hawaii then go to New Orleans to debate McCain. Yes, he stiffed New Orleans AGAIN.

    Obama is taking a vacation hoping that he can survive another week without providing any substance based responses to questions.

    Yes, in Hawaii, with his family, he thinks he will buy another week.....

    August 8, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Cindy

    That's so cool... he's taking a bunch of families with kids with him? This guy is truly family/future oriented. He's got his priorities straight. Hope they all have a fun vacation!

    August 8, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Ken

    This is so unnecessary for the media to even cover. What a joke!

    Who really cares where Obama goes. I sure don't. What ever happened to work for a living?

    Obama will not be able to beat McCain in November unless he adds Hillary Clinton on the ticket. Better yet, I would love to see that at the convention that there is a vote and Hillary Clinton becomes the nominee and not "Blow hard" Obama.

    Unless he puts Hillary Clinton on the ticket, I will vote for McCain. That is truly the only way that the arrogant Obama will get my vote.

    August 8, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Etim Etim

    Barrack Obama has worked so hard. He deserves a holiday. The word looks forward to a President Obama

    August 8, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Yes, He Deserves A Vacation

    Great, I hope the Senator can enjoy some quality time with his family. He deserves it.

    Don't worry, we'll mind the store for him. I'm onto any dirty Republican tricks and will be watching, and keeping my ears open.

    Obama, 08

    August 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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