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. Richard J

    looking for some relevance to this story...what's the deal CNN? Just trying to keep him in the "news"?

    August 12, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Obama/Clinton '08

    It's been easy for Obama during the primaries to criticize Hillary's voting record, Mr. 191 Times Voted 'Present' in his State Legislator. He knew that would further polarize the divide between the Hillary Haters and those who know EXPERIENCE when we see it.

    Now he's using the same ole tact on McCain. NEWS FLASH TO SENATOR OBAMA – It didn't work before and it won't work now. See it's easy to criticize others when you don't have a record to speak of. It's easier to criticze others period. What EXPERIENCE affords you to do is not only learn the word 'Humili te' as one learns but more invaluable to America, it affords you the ability to 'Talk the Walk'.

    August 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. wycliffe, NJ

    I am finally over the Hill and will vote for Obama.

    August 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. CC Reston VA

    I had to climb over the "Hill" to vote for Obama and it was worth it; will do it again this November. Obama 08!

    August 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. JM from SC

    Obama haters, please reject all prosperity after Sen. Obama is elected president. The increase in income that will result from the tax relief on low and moderate income persons, make sure to tell you employers to keep the money because you would rather them have it because you are still bitter over Hillary or McCain. Also, if you have family members in Iraq, please let them know you wanted them to remain there at least another hundred years under the McCain administration. Let all your friends and family that are in the military know that you would rather them go to war and lose their lives even if the intelligence reports recommend otherwise.

    Obama, enjoy your vacation, relax for a few days then come back and give McCain a fresh butt whipping.

    Obama 08

    August 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. pakuna

    "Dreams from My father" & "The Audacity of Hope" books ALL FICTION and as for his new book more FICTION.

    August 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. cannot handle

    Obama cannot handle stress hence he will be vacationing all the time. How can he be a president when he cannot take stress?

    August 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Dem

    Oooo, let me donate more money to his campaign so he can have another 4 star meal.

    August 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Hillary Clinton Supporter

    We have the potential for a war between Russia and Georgia with wide ranging consequences, and CNN details Obama's vacation plans? You have got to be kidding me. I know CNN wants their boy to be elected and you are doing everything in your power to make it so ( including not reporting on the Edwards story) but this is the most blatant example of media bias I have seen. Send your reporters out to cover NEWS, not Obama's glorious physique ( in CNN's opinion.) it is simply disgusting.

    August 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. A CANUCK

    And they call him "elite"....he's doing what most people do on vacation....have a good rest Barack.......because McCain is going off the deep end !!!!!

    August 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Richard

    Can we please have some civil discourse without invoking the "Barack is a Muslim" piece? Some of you will believe ANYTHING you get sent to you via e-mail.

    August 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Millie

    McCain will undoubtly find this unAmerican! MCCAIN "WHINES ABOUT EVERYTHING"!
    OBAMA in 2008!

    August 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Bethany

    Really? Is it Obama's fault that even while he's using the toilet he's still more interesting than McSame? Although I really wish the media would do more reporting and stop with all the fluff, it's very interesting to me that there are idiots, er I mean people, who spend so much energy hating Obama. Wow how sad for you people that you concentrate so much on your hate for him that you can't see how inept McCain and his campaign truly are. Let's talk more about the issues and less about the man's lunch. Sheesh.

    August 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Ted

    Just like a Celebrity to take some a tropical vacation when they should be working. And Obama's vacation is being paid for by hard working American tax payers.

    August 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Pepou

    I am voting for Obama and cannot wait to do so !

    August 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. oiled

    what kind of shoes was he wearing, flip-flops! haha

    August 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    Rose: Why would Obama want to subject his ailing and beloved grandmother to the nastiness of people like you? His half sister is active in his campaign and I am sure Obama is spending lots of time with his daughters as well as giving them time to spend with their other relatives. They are just doing it out of the eyes again of bitter, unhappy people like yourself.

    Again, the Obama haters blame Obama for the media coverage that the MEDIA decides to publish. Obama supporters want there to be more press coverage of the "wedded to the past" McCain who stumbles and obsesses about Obama constantly.

    August 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Veteran for Obama

    why don't you report what McCain does every weekend he takes off for vactaion? Why only cover Obama. Give McCain some of this crap you love to report on.

    August 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. OW

    So now the McCain morons are complaining because Obama was born in an interesting place. I'm from New York. I guess this makes me an elitist too.

    August 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Cathy

    I'm sick of Obama being criticized for anything he does or doesn't do.

    When Obama FIRST came on the scene people said he was to boring and only talked about issues. NOW people are saying that Obama only gives empty speeches. But the same people that say they don't know who Obama is are saying they’ve seen him to much in the media. You almost have to be deaf, blind and unconscious not to know how Obama stands on important issues. Just watch the news and read the newspaper or internet and you will see. Also, Obama decides to takes a little vacation to spend some quality time with his family and people say it's bad timing. Further, one minute he is too black...the next minute he's not black enough. Obama is can't please everyone any of the time. So Obama…do what you do because you have shown excellent integrity throughout your campaign!!!!

    Obama has run an excellent campaign ESPECIALLY compared to the "experienced" politician like McCain and Clinton. AND NOT EVEN THE WORST CONSERVATIVE CRITICS CAN DENY THIS FACT!!!!!

    August 12, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. ClintonDem4Cynthia08

    So, we're supposed to believe the "common man" stayed any old place? Oh brother. This elitist snob stayed at the best resorts while we struggle to pay our bills and live paycheck to paycheck. Obama is totally out of sync with every day Americans

    August 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. arc, Lugano CH

    Nowhere Man August 12th, 2008 11:16 am ET
    Barack does know that the Russians didn't attack the Georgia that is in our country, right?

    Nowhere Man: Thank God for Google, huh? Comme tu es stupide.

    August 12, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. ANGIE

    lay off fox news thats one of their new lies!!!

    August 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Ozzie

    I notice the CNN comment policy at the bottom of this screen it says you may not post libelous or defamatory or threatening material on this discussion.

    So why do I keep seeing so much hate? Definitely defamatory.

    August 12, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. 2pacolypse Now

    My God, Why? Do we need to know this. Just like we didn't need to know about McCain and his Rodeo Queen at Sturgis for biker week. Just like we didn't need to know about McCain and his infamous private barbeques at his ranch. Dang! Is this a news site or TMZ, I'm confused?

    August 12, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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