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. Island Girl

    He can go home to Illinois for all I care. He's certainly not kanaka maoli. Hawai'i is no more his home than it is any other tourist's.... he's malihini as far as I'm concerned.
    Henanimae'olemaikalanimai

    August 14, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. Lourdes

    He's not visiting hawaii because he's an elitist, he's visiting his hometown and his family. Unlike mccain, he doesn't have vacation homes and compounds to which to retreat all over the country. it's sad to see Obama's critics grasping at straws to find fault in every thing he does. no matter how innocuous. it just goes to show how superficial and hollow your sentiments towards him are..you've got nothing substantial to "get" him on.

    I hope he enjoys his vacation. He deserves it.

    August 14, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. That's Reality

    Hey – How about getting back to your job and voting yea on drilling for more oil so we, the common people,can afford to take a vacation too.

    August 14, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. ben

    He's on vacation. Leave him alone. I'm sure if he was President and on vacation, he'd return immediately in the event of a world event such as Georgia/Russia. Enjoy your vacation candidate Obama. McSame is not the President so what makes him think he should be dispatching an envoy to check ou the situation and report back to him.
    Enjoy your vacation OBAMA.

    August 14, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. aaaaa

    leave the guy alone his on vacation!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. Montana is Obama Country

    the STALKARAZZI are in fine tune not giving anybody a break.. People need vacations with their families even Barack Obama. America will get him for the next 8 years let his family have alone time now..

    August 14, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. susie

    The media captures every Obama move, just like a celebrity. If he really was going to visit his grandma why did he take so many Chicago friends and media with him?

    August 14, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  8. Gary Reginald Dodge

    Slow news day, huh?

    August 14, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. tigerakabj

    Look CNN, why don't you guys for once cover the endless mistakes that McCain is making instead of always trying to chase down Obama? Stop with this fluff and do your jobs. Investigate McCain's lobbyists ties to Georgia or his recent gaffe about how "in the 21st century, no nation should invade another nation."

    Obama/Sebelius 2008/2012.

    August 14, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. PUMA 4 HILL

    I don't like him, don't want to see him in a suit or his bathing suit.

    Go away... stop the no news about Hussein Obama's vacation.

    Tell me, how can America vote for a man with a name like Barack Hussein Obama? Really? It's as American as the Muslim nation.

    No way, never Obama.

    August 14, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  11. Dan

    This is a biggest joke. There is no personality for this man. Go away.

    August 14, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. Thrasher

    Is this a story about prince William?

    August 14, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  13. Independant California

    Wow touchy people! people are interested, you should all be glad so much attention is being paid to Obama. He is going to be under a microscope for the next four to eight YEARS, get a hold of yourselves. Deal with it, he is. He should be able to take it. And so far, he is. Chill out. His every move is being watched and should be watched because we are about to hand the COUNTRY off to this man and his judgement. Its all news. Deal with it.

    August 14, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  14. Shannon in California

    Can Obama have a peaceful vacation without the press following him and taking pictures. Oh well, I guess we should all be thankful it is Obama without a shirt and not McCain (OMG! I don't want to even imagine what McCain would look like without his shirt)

    August 14, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. Tempered

    Um . . . is the media *stalking* Obama now? Leave the man alone and let him enjoy his family vacation in peace! Sheesh.

    August 14, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  16. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    BARACK, PLEASE ENJOY ALL THE VACATION YOU WANT....JOHN McSAME HAS THE FLOOR ALL TO HIMSELF TO CAMPAIGN AND HE CAN'T GET PAST 43% IN THE POLLS. WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?

    THIS IS THE REAL JOHN McSHAME:
    McCain's worth over $100 million... He owns 10 houses... He flies around on a $12.6 million corporate jet... He walks around in $520 loafers. If John McCain lost his Social Security, he'd get by just fine. Would you?"

    More: "John McCain wants to gamble with our Social Security... John McCain started receiving Social Security when he turned 65. But now he has a risky scheme to privatize Social Security - threatening our benefits."

    August 14, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  17. TonyinKentucky

    The Corporate Media = Obama stalkers.

    How is ANYONE in Hawaii going to the beach news?

    Are you all going to get pictures of John McCain's weekly barbecue and chill weekends?

    You can hate Obama or his policies all you want to but it's silly to even pretend he hasn't campaigned as hard as anyone in recent decades. His day job is on hiatus, he can spend time with his wife and kids.

    August 14, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  18. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    McCain's worth over $100 million... He owns 10 houses... He flies around on a $12.6 million corporate jet... He walks around in $520 ITALIAN loafers. If John McCain lost his Social Security, he'd get by just fine. Would you?" But McSHAME still collects his Social Security check!!!!

    More: "John McCain wants to gamble with our Social Security... John McCain started receiving Social Security when he turned 65. But now he has a risky scheme to privatize Social Security - threatening our benefits."

    August 14, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. AJ

    Come on CNN, don't turn into a tabloid. This is not news.

    August 14, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  20. Love ya Hillary

    Wish I could get past all that I know about Obama. Expecialy his Reverand. So much raisial tention Obama brings. Wish Hillary was on the ticket. She was soooo smart capabel and included everyone.

    August 14, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. Jim Garza

    GET LOST!!

    Seen enough and heard enough about his HOPE.

    Ask yourselves – "what has he done for Americans"
    "What has he done for Chicago" Have you seen his district?

    What has he done PERIOD?????
    What do you think he can do?????

    Obama cult followers = idiots

    August 14, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  22. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    While Georgia is overrun, Obama lounges on the beach. Now there's change you can believe in. When that 3 AM call comes, there won't be anyone there to answer.

    August 14, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  23. Wisconsin

    CNN oh come on is this really CNN journalism, really???

    August 14, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. MaMa Jo from Chicago

    All CNN is doing is keeping up with the Obama's. After all he will . be the next Democratic President of the United States. It has already been spoken.

    August 14, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  25. veronica

    Obama the Celebrity is at the beach!! Snap the photo! Splash it in the tabloids!
    He is a joke, and he's not going to be elected.

    August 14, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
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