August 12th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
10 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. vv

    this is news ???? what he ate, what he does on a vacation ? he is just another politician running for the office...don't make him a celebrity...why didn't you report what time he wakes up..when does he go take a dump and other useless information like that...i'm sure his hypnotised fans would have loved that can do much better than this CNN. I still believe in your news channel but please stop reporting stuff like this.

    August 12, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Jonathan, Hartford, CT


    So, it is true that he was frustrated and discouraged over his lack of results.

    Wait until the undecideds vote!

    August 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. JB - NYC

    Rest up dunce.. I hope you brought your teleprompter along so you can study.. Wow this guy needs a vacation.. why what has he done that earned him this vacation? Expelled tons of hot air.. He should be arrested for causing Global Warming. Where is algore? Probably burning fossil fuels behind his giant mansion..

    August 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. BHO Not my candidate

    Obama loves eating at 4 star restaurants... hates BBQ...eww burnt meat....

    August 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. C from Texas

    So much for keeping this guy out of the news. How many times did he go to the restroom? LMAO

    August 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. BigDogg

    Obama is only Half-American. He is also a Kenyan citizen.

    August 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Joe Kiloz

    How nice. His timing about the Edwards debacle couldn't have been better. Once again, he has escaped scrutiny from the medium.

    I can't wait until he gets back and gets asked hard questions like how many ounces of pineapples did he consume.

    CNN: Maitre D of Barack Obama's ! You're watching the demise of what was once another perspective in the Political Spectrum.

    August 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Must be nice. Enjoy!

    August 12, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Anonymous

    So he went jogging, went to a movie, ate dinner, played golf, and went to a "carbeque."


    August 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. liz

    Leave the poor man alone, he gets one week off in the middle of all this craziness and you feel the need to report his every move?

    How about you start doing that while the current president takes his MONTHS of vacation every year...

    August 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Donna

    And what time did he brush his teeth? or take a shower? can we get MORE details about his vacation please? We NEED TO KNOW what he does EVERY MINUTE of EVERY DAY...

    Didn't you guys run a story/poll that indicated that people knew TOO MUCH about Obama? Seriously CNN, can you report on more things of INTEREST????

    August 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Alex

    This wants me to go there now 😦 Can I go... please... someone give me few bucks...

    August 12, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Good thing CNN isn't contributing to the "Obama overload" they are so concerned about.

    August 12, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. ben

    Who cares. He should be in Washington working. Oh thats right, doing his job in congress comes second to everything else.

    August 12, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. 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 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Voter

    Uh, oh, Barry. You're not in Kansas anymore!

    The mess in Georgia is REAL. Time to stop pretending to be President. Put way the pretend presidential seal, put away your scrapbook from traveling all over Europe pretending to be president.

    Glad to see you're taking a lesson from the grown-up around here -John McCain.

    Your tepid and empty headed response to the Russian takeover of Georgia is the NEW politics, I guess. Then you read McCain's response and said, "Oh, now I get it."

    Now your "position du jour" looks almost like his.

    Too bad that in the real world, you won't get any second takes. You make McCain look like a true, EXPERIENCED statesman!

    Go home, Barry, and grow up.

    August 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |

    McCain Supporters,
    He is not a maverick, but rather a flip-flopper.
    Below are only a few position McSurge has changed positions on:
    1. McCain opposed off-shore oil drilling; now he supports it
    2. McCain strongly opposes a windfall-tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.
    3. McCain thought Bush’s warrantless-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.
    4. McCain defended “privatizing” Social Security. Now he says he’s against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)
    5. McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn’t.
    6. McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.
    7. McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a “‘read my lips’ candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?” referring to George H.W. Bush’s 1988 pledge. “No new taxes,” McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, “I’m not making a ‘read my lips’ statement, in that I will not raise taxes.”
    8. In 2002 McCain said, it is OK for Bush to detain suspected enemy combatants in Guantanamo bay, without bringing any charge against them. In now (2007) he is against it, and even wants to closedown Guantanamo bay.
    9. In 2006, McCain said he was the “greatest critic” of Rumsfeld’s failed Iraq policy.
    In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as “a mission accomplished.” In March 2004, he said, “I’m confident we’re on the right course.” In December 2005, he said, “Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course.”
    10. We can’t have a time-time for Iraq, and It’s OK to stay in Iraq for 100 years;
    ……….. 4 months later McCain appear agrees to an18-month time-table for a withdrawal
    McCain is no straight-talker….so…If you support McCain…. could you tell him to rename his bus/plane….. the FLIP-FLOP EXPRESS ?
    By keeping “straight talk express” on his bus & plane, McCain is insulting the intelligence of every American. Even a dummy, can easily tell McCain is the king of Flip-Floppers
    ……..FLIP-FLOP EXPRESS …. This is a better description of McCain, isn’t it ?

    August 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Franky

    Oooops, my fault guys. I just wanted to see something.

    Sorry, didn't mean to duplicate...

    August 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. smile!!!!!!

    so what, finish your sentence.....or the repugnant party only paid you to say just that.....pathetic
    Jealous because you cannot have a vacation? I didn´t have one either, but I am OK.

    August 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Democrat

    Is this news?
    McCain is right about the Obama being celibrity, media has made him a celebrity and less a candidate.

    August 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Matt

    More proof that Obama doesn't even need to campaign.

    The media will do it for him.

    And half the country is too uneducated to know otherwise.

    August 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Scott, Wichita

    He's on vacation, and they still report on every one of his activities. McCain is on the campaign trail, and they only say "He's in York, Pennsylvania"

    Way to be unbiased, Media Conglomerates

    August 12, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. DAVID

    IT IS 3 AM...




    August 12, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. I used to be a Democrat

    Russia is invading its neighbors and this guy just vacations and says nothing?

    August 12, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Carole

    So, is TuTu the grandmother he threw under the bus?

    August 12, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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