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. Franky

    I gotta say, there's no place to vacationed than the Aloha State.

    You just can't go wrong with that, you just can't...

    August 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. DC Steve

    Hey...leave the guy alone...let him have just a tad of privacy!

    August 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Fran

    Enjoy yourself Barack Obama....I Love your style....
    Will be thrilled when I can say, "Mr President",,,I support you all the way...Love to your family....

    August 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. chantal williams

    cnn why do you always make obam look bad ...plese be more posietive..obama 08!

    August 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. stephanie (chattanooga TN

    You know, I Love this!!!! first vacation the man has taken & he still responding to goverment issues, "unlike that other man" who would just wave at the media while preparing to tee- off!!!

    Love You!!!
    Obama!!!!!!

    August 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. cecil

    Wake Up America, Stop Being So Gullible!
    The Spin Masters Play Us like Puppets.
    We Americans Are So easily Manipulated.
    Package It Right, Them We Go Brain Dead,
    We've Become A Tabloid Society, We See, We Believe!
    This Is Why These Ads Work, And we Have People Like Mark Penn.
    How Sad, This Is Really Nothing To To Be Proud Of America!
    What Happen To Our Common Sense.

    Mark Penn to Sen. Hillary Clinton said Negative Ads are often effective in forming public opinion around a candidate!
    Ask Ourselves Why!

    August 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Obama...let it go. Don't feel that you have to publicly comment on the Georgia/Russia conflict.

    Speaking about the conflict while palm trees are in the background is not an effective way to beat back the "celebrity" and "elitist" charge the Republicans are and will keep throwing at you.

    August 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. therealist

    I sure wish I could afford to go to Hawaii, spend afternoons at movie theaters and evenings at 4 star resturants. If only I didn't have to work 2 jobs to make ends meet...

    I wonder when Barack Obama is going to come back to Washington and do some of the people's work? Aren't we like in an energy crisis??

    August 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Liz

    Obama can take permanent holiday in Hawaii and let the true winner of the democratic party nomination taker her place at the convention. He can stay and enjoy the sun and surf and let Clinton take her rightful role as the nominee as she had the popular vote.

    I hope Obama has no skeletons in the closet like Edwards because if and when they do get out, the democrats are dead seeing that the DNC chose to select him over the righful winner who is Hillary Clinton. I know for sure the republicans will have a good laugh all the way to the White House in November.

    August 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. 100% OBAMA

    Enjoy yourself Senator.....you need to come back rested.
    Also, enjoy spending time with your grandmother, I'm sure it means a lot to her and to your children.

    August 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. The Truth

    why?
    why does this matter?

    August 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. John B. From New Hampshire

    wow, why do they have to follow him so much. can't the man take a break??? it's the MSM that have built his celebrity status. He is amazing to be sure... and hey hillary supporters... working with underpriveledged familes in the south-side of chicago not only shows experience in working with people (MUCH needed to be POTUS) but this also shows a great sense of compation. he could have gone the "american way" and made his millions being a prominant lawyer, but no. he chose the role of nobility in working with everyday people. getting in the trenches only to just pay off student loans and by no means should EVER be labeled an elitist!!!!! let's ask Hillary if 109 million dollars is being in the trenches of our failing economy? hell, mccain for that matter fits HRC's bill. They'd prolly have a good time together on Rodeo Drive. They could afford it!!!!

    OBAMA '08

    August 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    Good I am glad he took some time with his wife & family. Its a SIGN OF WISDOM to be able to BALANCE your life!

    Of course, grandpa-McCain, takes weekends off.

    August 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Mike - Texas

    Why don't you go and visit those extra 7 states that are floating around out there.

    August 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. R.I.F.

    CNN, the offical Vote for McCain Network.

    Can Obama take some time off without have his every move tracted.

    "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." ...I guess CNN is working with McCain to paint Obama out to be an elitest.

    I never saw CNN talking abot McCain's $500 shoes or the 8 mansions that he and Cindy have. I'm sure John and Cindy eat "4 star" measl every night.

    I'm sure CNN will tell us all abotu McCain's vaction next week at his HUGE ranch in Arizona. Probably not because the reporters will be to busy drinking and eating barbeque with McCain.

    August 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    Who cares?

    August 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Connie

    I am praying Obama will come back well rested and his grandmother had a good visit with his family.Can't wait until the convention and first debate.
    OBAMA/BAYH 08
    Connie from Indiana

    August 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    Oh and he's too cheap to pay full price?

    August 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. Barack4Americain08

    I didn't even realize his grandmother was still alive and I am an avid Obama supporter and political junkie to boot. He's got to do a better job of displaying his "American" (read cynically as: "white") to those "downscale" and "older" voters. Don't know what her health is right now, but, uh....we should see some pictures from his vacation (and they better include many pictures of him and "Tutu")

    August 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. LT for Obama

    What exactly is the purpose of this article? Is it a slow news day?

    McCain is taunting the Russians and there is news of a cease fire. Can we stick with what is most important?

    August 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Enjoy your time off, Barack. Do what YOU want to do. Not what others expect they might do if they had a grandmother in Hawaii.

    Some folks are so jealous because we love you and your peaceful policies and ideas.

    Thank you for educating yourself to the ways of the world -

    August 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Debby

    OMG CNN your ticker is becoming pathetic. Obama taking in a Batman movie isn't going to help our economy and small business's. Why aren't you posting the comment I made in the Penn ticker because its true and deals with the issues. You rather post when Obama went to the can than the needs of our country.

    August 12, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Adam

    Obama is Out of Touch!

    August 12, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. Mauri

    Good for Obama. You go, guy!!! What awaits you on your return to the mainland will take all the rest-up energy you can store up for your wind-up campaign.

    August 12, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. b/augusta

    Enjoy your vacation Senator.

    August 12, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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