August 14th, 2008
06:42 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama hits the beach

Obama is vacationing in Hawaii.
Obama is vacationing in Hawaii.

(CNN) – A network pool camera captured a shirtless Barack Obama enjoying the surf in Hawaii Thursday.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is vacationing there through the end of the week.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. Peter of Oregon

    Thanks for confirming that Barack Obama is indeed vacationing CNN. Keep up your ground breaking journalistic efforts.

    August 14, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. Very Objective Independent American

    Guys, relax... This is a blog, not a breaking news site!

    August 14, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. AJ

    Wish the media would leave candidates alone while they're on vacation!

    We know Obama's in Hawaii on vacation...

    Obama doing what one does on vacation is NOT news. Leave the poor guy and his family ALONE already!

    August 14, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Beverly, NYC

    Just an observation, should someone as thin as Barack be in surf that rough. Guess his detail is on vacation as well.

    August 14, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. Carolyn

    Let the man and his family have a nice holiday. He has had precious little time with his family the last couple of years. Honestly CNN, butt out!

    August 14, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Poadarian1

    <-HAS BEEN CENSORED!!!!

    August 14, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. Genie, New Mexico

    Obama should stay in Hawaii-he's just not needed anymore–the war in Iraq is winding down and the price of crude oil is falling like a rock–

    Let's send him back to the Senate and get back to the good life--we don't need his proposed new taxes--we need that money to keep the beer flowing and the best restaurant food at our disposal–

    August 14, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. Griff

    Big D.......................... You! Nor any other Comments. Have the Floor...
    You make a comment, and your lucky if it even gets accepted... You do not control the Media.. I keep informing the Media, they also do not control the Free-Speech. So live with "Compost-Heap"...
    Stinks don't it??

    August 14, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. Ron Nebraska

    Cnn, your " news " organization is now an absolute joke! Of all the issues that need investigated, written about, exposed and analyzed you only want to sink to the lowest common denominator! You people should just fold it up and find jobs in some other line of work because you are no longer journalists of any kind, and in fact you do more damage to an allready dumb-downed America.

    August 14, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Kevin,FL

    WHY IS THIS NEWS!!

    August 14, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Lynn August 14th, 2008 7:08 pm ET

    We don't want Obama!!! Down with Obama!!! Our dying Nation needs a real Leader!!! Hillary don't let Obama Trick you!!
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    Woman, will you PLEEASE shut the hell up! YOU don't want Obama, the rest of us DO want Obama so speak for yourself!! Hillary LOST and SHE WILL NOT BE THE NOMINEE!!! GOT IT!!!??

    August 14, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Jason, Los Angeles

    It's good to relax and recoup. Has anyone looked at McCain lately? He looks scared all the time. What on earth is McCain so terrified of? I think a president who knows how to be laid back from time to time would do this country a world of good.

    Take your time, Barack. Then come back and show that old man what's what.

    August 14, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. Angi's mom

    Please bring the aloha spirit back to Washington. They have forgotten how to walk the beach, watch a sunset, smell plumeria. Most importantly, they have forgotten how to respect the land and our spirit.

    A hui hou.

    August 14, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    What about a blog on McCain's comment at his conference today that the Georgia situation is "the worst International crisis since the Cold War?'

    Since McCain has downgraded 911, the fight against terrorism, the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Iran's pursuit of Nuclear weapons....etc , surely a conversation on that is more important than some stalkers' photo of a man on vacation!!

    August 14, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. NotFallingInLine.org

    Obama cares more about putting his feet up and being glorified by his fans than he does about doing any of the things that he says he will do.

    He's a disgrace.

    August 14, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. EDW

    Mccain is vacationing Aspen with Barbie right now.

    August 14, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Cosmic Comedy Queen Go Hillary!!!

    who cares?

    August 14, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Joyce in Florida August 14th, 2008 7:02 pm ET

    Must be nice vacationing at such a critical time in his campaign. Thought the weekend earlier in the Virgin Islands was good enough. Guess not. This shows you where his priorities REALLY are.
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    You know Joyce, he could have taken a vacation at ANY time and you would still have something negative to say about him doing it. Why don't you stop and write a check to Queen Hillary before it's too late! hurry!! TICK TOCK!!

    August 14, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. Jeff

    Funny that when CNN posts something like this, suddenly they are a horrible news organization. I want to know why any democratic candidate vacations in Hawaii? That isn't fair. He should be sending the money he would have spent on Hawaii to pay for health care for poor people. Hypocritical if you ask me.

    August 14, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. I can't believe this

    CNN, I watch your channel regularly. But this is RICICULOUS. SHAME ON YOU!! It's called a vacation...away from YOU...the media!! How about pictures of Russian tanks charging on their way to Tibilsi....now that's news, not this. Tsk tsk, CNN.

    August 14, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. jimmy

    YOU ALL DONT SEE THE POINT.. OBAMA IS A MEDIA DARLING.
    THE MEDIA SUPPOSES THAT AMERICANS ARE INTERESTE IN OBAMA'S EVERY MOVE . JUST WISH THEY WOULD TELL US WHO THE REAL OBAMA IS!

    August 14, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  22. Steve in DC

    Joyce in Florida...you are correct. It is nice to know where his priorities are...with his family. More than you can say for MCcain...he left his first family high and dry.

    August 14, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. Jenn

    For a moment I thought I had accidentally clicked on a celebrity gossip site.

    This is worthy of a news spot... how?

    August 14, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Bubba09

    I'm glad to see Obama relaxing. People think just because he is on vacation that is's something wrong with that. NOT !!! When you're working do you not take a vacation......I bet you do! He has done an outstanding job and I wish him and his family nothing but the best. He deserves it after getting attacked by the press for EVERYTHING !
    he does or says but nothing negative on McCain...UMMMMMMM !!!

    August 14, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. Sherry, Atlanta

    MY KIND OF PRESIDENT. . .GO OBAMA!

    August 14, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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