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. ron

    Working 7 days a week . He deserves some family time and to relax. Most of us whin about working 5 days a week like John McCain. Give the man a break

    August 14, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. RJ, CA

    Bet we won't see Michelle in a bathing suit - not if she's smart, anyway. Y'all have fun, kids. Great not to see you in the news every day. Kinda makes life worth living again.

    August 14, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. gregg

    suprised the water did not run red

    August 14, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. gregg

    obama . please come back,,, we are all out of your special k

    August 14, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. Tjaye in LA

    Man! That water looks great!

    August 14, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. bibek

    CNN.. leave the guy alone.
    Whats wrong with you people?

    August 14, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  7. TerryDo--Puma +40

    Obama can frolic on the beach all his wants to he does not have a concern in the world.
    Obama does not have to be campaigning or address issues and concerns effecting Americans.

    Why you may ask, that is becauseObama in the reality is only the Front Man for the power that be, behind the scenes. i.e. G.S.

    August 14, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  8. gregg

    umm.. huh/// yea.. and umm,, change,, umm,, and umm, i see umm, change yea,,

    August 14, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. lovable liberal

    So, can he surf the ocean, too? Cause McCain can't even surf the web.

    August 14, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    LAVAUD, you must not buy very many books. That is one item you cannot return for a refund..IDIOT

    August 14, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. Salina

    The mainstrem media sucks!!! LEAVE THE MAN ALONE FOR A MINUTE!!

    August 14, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Chris

    I'm an Obama fan, and I like seeing him getting good media attention, but, seriously, can't you guys give him some privacy?

    August 14, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. INDEPENDANT VET

    KEEP HIM THERE . NO!!! HE WOULD FOUL UP THE BEACHES , WITH LITTER ONCE AGAIN.

    HERE WE WOULD ENJOY HAVING HIM , PACK HIS BAG'S AN GO TO iRAN , THAT HE SUPPORTS SO MUCH.

    SORE LIP, AN A FLIP FLOPPER .

    August 14, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  14. Mike Dallas

    Enjoy!!

    August 14, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. Democrat for John McCain

    This guy is a real joke.

    August 14, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  16. Alan

    Is this the National Enquirer?

    August 14, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. hrsc

    Hey, I was at Seaworld, Orlando this past weekend where were you CNN??? Enjoy the time Sen. Obama You and your well picked cabinet will have alot of trash to clean-up behind after these sour years of Bush / McCain .

    Obama / Powell 08

    August 14, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  18. Minnesota against John McWar

    Joe Kiloz and Nova from NV: If Obama had said something on the lines of what John McWar has you would have said "oooh lookie here the black dude is trying to act presidential"

    There is no winning with people like you. May your children fight in futile wars started by warmongers.

    August 14, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  19. Kyle

    Getting the attention that any celebrity would.

    August 14, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  20. Willy

    Whoopie!

    August 14, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  21. Voter

    So what?

    August 14, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  22. Jim

    This is very biased "papparazzi" reporting by CNN. Posting this photograph is just as unfair for CNN posting a photograph of Sen. McCain picking his nose! Where is responsible journalism?

    Sen. Obama deserves his privacy and brief vacation to prepare for the historical Democratic convention. He has a huge task before him – to fix the economic, fiscal, energy and foreign messes he'll inherit from the Bush/Cheney administration!

    August 14, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  23. Sammy

    For all those who think showing a picture of a shirtless Obama is bad it could be worse. It could be McCain shirtless. Hmmm even worse than that It could be Hillary shirtless.

    August 14, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  24. Paris

    Shame on CNN the Obama HQ.

    I am sitting here looking at this page in disbelief.

    John McCain was in Aspen CO talking about Russia and our future but CNN didn’t even mention it in these blogs.

    But CNN somehow found it necessary to post a point less picture of Obama on his vacation. Wow that surly was a big news.

    I guess Obama is not the only liberal that doesn’t put country first.

    August 14, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  25. Joe

    FOX News carried the same picture on their website with the headline "Obama Clubs Baby Seal on remote Hawaiian Beach"

    August 14, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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