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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soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. karen-phoenix

    Have a wonderful family time!!!! You have sooooo much to do when you get back!!!! You will be busy 24/7 and you can handle it! McCain can only work 3 or 4 days a week and he needs a break!!! WE DO NOT need another "vacation" president!!! Go Obama!

    August 12, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. DJ in TX

    He's on vacation. CNN, why are you reporting about someone on vacation? He went to a movie and visited his grandmother. WOW, big news.

    Please wait until he gets back and hits the campaign trail again.

    August 12, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Nik

    CNN posted this article just so the goons can have another moment of Obama bashing.

    August 12, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Tammie from Cleveland,Ohio

    PLEASE....OBAMA STAY THERE UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION>

    August 12, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Young African American Male for Hillary

    So? He is on vacation while McCain is talking to the American people, just like he was in Europe while McCain was here talking about the economy. Don't screw up and lose this one Obama.

    August 12, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Patty

    Gee thanks for telling us working folks who cannot afford such luxuries because we are trying to save money for fuel this winter.

    August 12, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. 4Obama

    Please leave the man along and let him enjoy his vacation. What the hell is McCain doing today....where was he last night...what type of restaurant did he eat at....I swear CNN is so lame...they do a poll about Obama being overexposed then they spend everyday putting up articles about him. Just give it a rest and report on the war or something.

    August 12, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    CNN, keep reaching..............maybe you will find some news there or just tabloid reporting!!!

    August 12, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Jerry in Boston

    Good God, when did CNN become People magazine?

    August 12, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Clinton/McCain

    Boy, I wish I had the money to travel outside the mainland twice in one year. What an elitist!

    August 12, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Russell B

    Where's The news?

    August 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. John

    What a waste of time to report this....

    August 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Jeremy

    In other news, at 3:40am Obama woke up and went to the bathroom... Come on CNN, who cares what he's doing on his vacation.

    August 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. VA Dem

    It's always good to see the human side of our leaders.

    August 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Jill American

    No Obamabots asking why this is news?

    August 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. American Apple Pie

    This is what American apple pie is all about.
    Work hard, take a vacation, enjoy family life, take care of elders, have good friends, good food, good converstion.
    Stay away from McInsanes & CNN on the beach, stay away from foreign politics, make only a sensible comment on Georgia (let Bush handle-that is his problem), let McCain& PUMAS go insane , let America read Mark Penn's garbage.
    Oh Cutie American Apple Pie! Come home with TAN and win the election.

    August 12, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    enjoy your relaxing holiday and enjoy your family, senator obama. come back refreshed and ready to fight the garbage people, including the traitorous clintons and their gang!

    WE ARE BEHIND YOU 1000000%

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Nom Deplume

    Pelosi is doing more than Obama on foreign policy. Maybe she should be a candidate for Central Committee.

    August 12, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. Eric

    I've really enjoyed BHO's vacation. What a great week!!!

    August 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Brenda

    You deserved your vacation sir, with your family. Enjoy it and come back stronger against Mcswain. Can wait to watch the debates.

    August 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Independent Voter

    BORING!

    August 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. Lynnette

    We all know Obama's on vacation. How is this important on the Political Ticker?

    August 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. McCain-Mini Me '08

    A well deserved couple of days break after many months with no days off.

    August 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. faye, NV

    Very nice of him to treat himself for a well deserved vac.
    Hope he is refresh and ready for the next battle.

    August 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. demwit

    Thanks CNN! We do love to hear what the rich and famous celebrities are doing on their vacation these days....

    August 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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