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. H

    HE SHOULD BE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES GETTING CONGRESS TO RECOVENE AND VOTE ON OFF SHORE DRILLING.

    GUESS BEING YOUNG AND INEXPERIENCED THE PRESSURE OF RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT HAS MADE OBAMA NEED MORE R & R.

    TOO BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Q

    Rose,

    His sister has been stomping hard for him during this campaign. DO YOU ACTUALLY READ BEYOND THE HEADLINES?!?!?!?!?!?

    August 12, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. carlo

    Is it a crime for the man to eat in a five star or four star restaurant? He is a Harvard graduate and so is his wife, so they can at least afford that. At least he doesn't wear $500.00 shoes, which is why he can afford to eat there. Besides, isn't he on vacation? Leave him alone!

    August 12, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Curly

    What will Obama's 'mindless fans' do while he is on vaction? There minds must be a blank slate by now without Obama to plant any thoughts there.

    People with a functioning brain know Hilliary is the only one ready to lead this nation and beat McBush.

    Hillary in 08!

    August 12, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. The DNC is Corrupted

    I have to respond here as the other article is cut off.

    For those of you saying Hillary is not following the rules of the DNC, GET OVER IT. Neither Obama or Hillary won the number of delegates to win the nomination - NEITHER of them! The DNC will decide who they want and they wanted Obama since the beginning. We have every right to be angry about this.

    And for those of you saying Hillary is destroying the party. Obama destroyed the party, not Hillary. So you GET OVER IT. If Hillary isn't on the ticket the party does not deserve our respect or our vote. You can blame this on Pelosi, Dean, and the traitor Richardson (who didn't even cast his vote to reflect the will of the people of his state).

    The dem's rules for obtaining a nominee need to be seriously looked at as they are flawed. They do not correlate to the republican process or the GE – which is why the dems almost always lose the White House. It's fact, people.

    August 12, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. CNN loves McCain

    Texas Trail Dog:

    Hawaii's LOSS And our GAIN WHILE HE'S AWAY THE AMERICAS SEEM A WHOLE LOT BETTER
    *********************************************************************

    Hawaii is in the United States of America.

    As always, your post screams of ignorance and idiotry.

    But what can one expect from someone who voted for Bush twice?

    August 12, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Filipina

    So many McBush fans are haters...If you don't want to read about Obama don't go to this page....I think you all go here to read more about Obama why you all cant just admit you love the guy and cant get enough......For JAN you are such a sore loser grow up.

    August 12, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. ARB

    I WISH HE WOULD TAKE A PERMANENT VACATION AND NEVER COME BACK!!! THAT WOULD BE BEST FOR ALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    August 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Debby

    Hey JD I read that on Fox about Clooney. I guess the McCain campaign isn't far off with their Spears and Hilton add painting Obama as a fluffernutter candidate. hahaha

    August 12, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Donna

    The purpose of going on vacation is to "do nothing" other than what you want to do...get a life folks!!!

    Hey Texas Trail Dog, I don't know if you KNOW this but Hawaii is PART OF THE U.S...it's not like he went overseas on vacation....dummy!!!

    August 12, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Cheri

    Why is it that John McCain can take every weekend off and the media says nothing... but when Barack Obama takes a much needed vacation the media goes into a tizzy? UNBELIEVEABLE!!!!

    August 12, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. RealityKing

    McCain is warning of Russian imperialism..., while Obama vacations in Hawaii. How fitting..

    Will Obama even answer that call at 3:00 AM??

    August 12, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Erika, KS

    Another typical Congress member. I long for the day when the American people get what elected Congressional members get. You know what I'm saying. Better health insurance. A month long vacation. These political hacks are out for themselves. They care nothing about how the rest of us live. When do I get my month long vacation? Why don't you just stay in Hawaii, Obama? You don't do anything anyway. Talk, talk, talk but says nothing.

    August 12, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. anonymous

    You know the news media really gets people all fired up and they really need to stop. Obama has a right to his privacy with his family and do as he pleases. This is a right I believe being an american has. I do not think it is necessary to probe into every person running for office personal life. Let this man enjoy HIS TIME. I am not a democrat either. I believe in what is right. Further more the news media should maybe probe into their own life and let us know what they are doing if that is the way it goes. Tit for tat.

    August 12, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. J, Philly PA

    I thought CNN was fully aware that the American public is tired of hearing about Obama and yet...? He's on vacation! Leave him alone!

    August 12, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Timothy

    People were saying they are hearing to much of Obama. The media need to leave Obama alone and follow Mccain and his mistakes and speaking about subjects he knowns nothing about. Let the American people see Mccain for all his mistakes. Leave Obama alone while he is spending time with his family much need time.

    August 12, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Super delegate NJ

    I do not know of anyone who is interested in knowing the CNN candidate's day to day activities

    August 12, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Perplexed

    CNN isn't the only one with this kind of trivial fluff. CBC is having Vacation Day Watch #3. Us fortunate adoring fans get a day-by-day, minute-by-minute recap of America's Blessed Child's vacation. A big thanks to the media, we are forever grateful for your professionalism.

    August 12, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. beverly

    there we go again, does obama get to much attention, to much press cnn these are the questions you asked bloggers and viewers. the senator can't even go on vactions with out you hounding him., you just answered your own questions. LEAVE HIM IN PEACE TO ENJOY HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. ( GET SOME WELL NEEDED REST ).

    August 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Nowhere Man

    I can understand how he's so exhausted after spending all of those 143 days actually working in the Senate chambers since getting elected over 3 1/2 years ago. Anybody else on this site work only 143 days on their real job the past 3 1/2 years? And got paid for the rest of that time off?

    August 12, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Geri

    Who cares what Obama is doing on vacation. Just another photo op for them. I thought the trip was to spend time with his kids not make this a political vacation. He already did that overseas and it didn't help much. We need issues and facts on more than his life. Did he take any of his crook cronies with him?? Also if he was going to spend family time...why take friens along. Kids too boring??? He's such a joke .

    August 12, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. sue calgary

    Get lots of well deserved rest Obama! Take no notice of those who say it's not time for a vacation or that you don't need one or shouldn't take one. Everyone needs a "day of rest"! God created the world in six days and on the seventh day He rested. need I say more.....

    August 12, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. independent now

    I dont really care about Obama or his vacation!!! I care about my health care, gas prices, education , my retirement. social security. DO YOU GET IT>>>>

    August 12, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Johny

    Who cares? Since some people are worshiping him like he is the Messiah, I want to see him walk on water or part the Red Sea. When will he do that?

    August 12, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. michelle

    GOOD AD, BAD AD....AN AD IS SUCCESSFUL WHEN IT MAKES THIS POINT

    IS THIS GUY REALLY READY TO LEAD??

    GO HILLARY

    August 12, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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