August 12th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama unwinds on Hawaiian holiday

Obama took a break from his week-long vacation to weigh in on the Georgian crisis.
Obama took a break from his week-long vacation to weigh in on the Georgian crisis.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) - How do you spend your time in a state famous for its sunny tropical skies? You spend your afternoon in a movie theater.

Sen. Barack Obama did just that Monday afternoon, taking in a matinee of the latest Batman sequel, 'The Dark Knight' - and giving him an opportunity to assess the acting ability of campaign supporter and Democratic Senate colleague Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who makes a cameo appearance in the blockbuster film.

Watch: Obama arrives in Hawaii for weeklong vacation

Post-movie, Obama went for a 4-star meal for the second time this week: Monday night it was 'Mariposa' at the Honolulu Neiman Marcus. The restaurant's Web site promises exceptional Hawa'in cuisine served on an open air lanai, situated to catch the island's legendary sunsets.

Activities for the Hawai'ian-born presumptive Democratic nominee so far have included a jog along the beach, a round of golf, and a carbeque along the North Shore, which is known for its killer surfing. Obama has also made several visits to his grandmother, who has lived in Honolulu for 50 years and who he affectionately calls his 'Tùtù.'


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  1. Republican for Obama

    is this news? Lots of people went to see Batman

    August 12, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. lp

    Obama takes more vacations than any other candidate! What does this mean if he becomes president? At least this one, he took in America! I guess those campaign dollars are coming in very nicely. Too bad we lost all of our good choices during the primaries.

    August 12, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Yes We CAN!

    Hey CNN- why are you "reporting" on Barack's dinner at a nice restaurant, but you say nothing about the fact that McCain has nine homes with his heiress second wife and wears 500 dollar shoes?

    We're not going to let you guys in the media give McBush a free ride- the truth will always come out.

    August 12, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    CNN YOU SOUND LIKE YOU ARE JEALOUS OF OBAMA.

    IAM SURE YOU NEXT HEADLINE WILL BE, IS HE AN ELITIST FOR
    GOING ON VACATION?

    August 12, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Is PUMA contagious? I don't want to catch it!

    I wish I were there too, looks nice. But somehow, some one will come on this blog spouting something ignorant about his life, his vacation or him as a person, even though all the article is about is his freaking vacation and what he's done.

    oh btw to the idiots on this blog who keep saying he's unAmerican and has produced his Birth Certificate? Actually, a copy of it is online. And don't you think BEFORE you run for President, they verify these things? Or are you just a total moron and voted for Bush TWICE? I guess fool can get fooled again. (That's part of a quote from your esteemed President Bush).

    August 12, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Richard

    Thank god this jerk was kicked out of the Clinton campaign. Talk about politics of the past! Here is an example we can hope to leave behind after this election. This is why I had given up on the Democratic party until Obama came along.

    August 12, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Tim

    The 4 star restaurant thing is playing into the media trying to find something 'elitist' about his trip. This is completely absurd, Obama is not wealthy so he has to vacation in the public while McCain who calls Obama an elitist can just retreat to one of his many houses or his ranch. Furthermore Hawaii is not exactly an exotic location for Obama when you consider that it is where he grew up and where relatives live now.

    August 12, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Beverly, NYC

    Enjoy your family vacation Senator.

    August 12, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Pam

    man did he go pee during the movie and if so did he shake more than twice?

    The man's not even trying and he getting more press than McCain. I guess movies are more exciting than smear campagins.

    August 12, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Nowhere Man

    Barack does know that the Russians didn't attack the Georgia that is in our country, right?!

    August 12, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. P, CA

    cj: so?

    because he's a presidential candidate. why do you even bother to post? why do any of you "so what?" or "who cares?" people even try? we care 'cause we're dumb enough to sit around and look at blog posts all day! glad we have someone like you to tell us we're lazy... but wait, aren't you being lazy too? you just read it, right? hypocrite.

    Enjoy your vacation, Obama. Just hurry back, McCain's giving us the creeps (and Mark Penn & the Hillary posse too)...

    August 12, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. steve

    yes but what did he have for lunch?? where did he get his haircut??

    the media's obsession with their paris hilton candidate is hilarious, and it is already backfiring.. people don't like the liberal media crowning a junior senator with zero experience or substance

    August 12, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Rose

    Why don't we ever see Obama's grandmother. Does he have her in hiding. Also, doesn't he have a half-sister who lives in Hawaii. If so, why isn't she campaigning for her brother?

    August 12, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Phil in KC

    So when else has he had a chance to catch a flick? Why wouldn't he want to go see Batman with his family or eat a good meal? I'm not sure why this is newsworthy.

    August 12, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. ProudToBeDemocrat

    CNN why can't you let this guy enjoy his well deserved vaccation, why do you have to be this nosey. Wolf go out do something interesting for a change perhaps take your wife for lunch or something don't you get tired reporting irrelevant issues over and over this goes to all the reporters across the country.

    August 12, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Cynthia

    I think it is great that he has been able to take some time off for r&r. When he gets back he will be rested and ready to do what he needs to do

    August 12, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. strong

    Again, is this really news? Who cares already.

    If O-boy wants to put his "hawaiian vacation" to good use, then announce who your veep is. Get on with it fella.

    August 12, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. TEXAS TRAIL LAZY HOUND

    Good for him!

    Obama 08

    August 12, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE DYING AND THIS SOMEHOW IS NEWS. CNN GET YOUR ACTS TOGETHER.

    WHO EVER IS BEHIND THIS NEEDS TO BE FIRED. YOU ARE NOT HELPING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    August 12, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. James in Ohio

    Is this news or a series of promos for Hawaiian tourism and Batman?

    August 12, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. JO-ANN FROM NEW YORK

    GET SOME MUCH NEEDED REST OBAMA AND LET THE HATERS HATE....

    OBAMA 08/12

    August 12, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Typical White Person

    Second 4-star dinner in a week. I guess to be an elitist you have to have 3 4-star dinners in a week. The week ain't over yet...

    I thought he was supposed to be spending time with his family. Did he take his daughters (ages 7 & 9) to see the Dark Knight? Did he identify with the conflicted feelings of Batman?

    August 12, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Abby

    I'm over the Hill and I'm voting for Obama. :)

    August 12, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Mccain=Bush Obama=The Future

    Good man he still has time for his Grandma even though he is running for President Obama has a Heart Mccain on the Other hand has no heart he left his wife 5 years after he got back from being help captive and he started messing with that Botox pill popping Elitist Cindy when him and his wife were not even divorced yet Obama= The Future Mccain=WAR

    August 12, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Proud to be American

    Enjoy yourself soon to be President Obama – the world need you well rested to clean up this big mess we are in.... thank you for stepping up and you know what? Yes we can!!! be a nation that the world will be proud of.... and yes we can get out of the pockets of China and pay off the debt so we will not owe anyone anything .... change I can believe in!!!!

    August 12, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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