For the Obama family, vacations will never be the same.
President-elect Obama isn't the only politician or head of state to be popular with the paparazzi: French President Nicolas Sarkozy is a fixture in the European tabloids, as are the British royals - who have endured decades of interrupted vacations.
And photos of presidents on vacation are nothing new - many remember seeing images of Ronald Reagan on his horse in California. Whether it's golfing or fishing, the demand for a photo of the commander-in-chief at play has always been high. But with the president-elect, it's at a whole new level.
Yesterday on the golf course, Obama told the press corps he'd buy them some beer if they'd just leave him alone for a little while. Now pictures from the paparazzi trailing the president-elect and his family on vacation in Hawaii have sparked new questions about presidential privacy. (Photo credit: Bauergriffinonline.com)
–CNN's Ted Rowlands
Watch: A photographer gets close enough to the Obama family to snap dozens of photos on the beach.
WHERE IS THE SECRET SERVICE! THIS CLOSE IS TOO CLOSE!
DANGEROUS AND FRIGHTENING.
Forget the privacy! What's going on with the security???Even with those telephoto lenses, NOBODY should be able to get close enough to shoot ANY pictures! What the hell is going on with the Secret Service?????
Wow...he is kind of sexy!
Finally the media showing the real Obama and what he is good at doing NOTHING.
I bet you people who were against him for picking Waren are now back on the band wagon. I am sure Big Daddy O staged this shot to win you back.
You go President Obama. People get a life the MAN is on vacation! A vacation in which he desires. This MAN is Hot and not bad on the eyes.
Such a good looking man! Sorry Michelle lol
His privacy doesn't concern me nearly as much as his safety. Our President should be more closely guarded and no one should have access enough to him to take his picture or to do worse.
Same as with Bush recently, where was the Secret Service that the man got two shoes off and thrown towards our President?
Now is not the time to rest, Obama should be protected as our national treasure, he is not a celebrity, he is our leader.
Who says smoking, booze and cocaine are bad for you...
He looks pretty fit...
Doesn't this scare anyone else besides me. If a camera can get to him unprotected then what else can get through.
I will be keeping the PE in my prayers everyday. I wish the media would just back off a little. No use giving some nut case any ideas...
I'm not even going to comment on this.
I feel a little dirty, seeing my new President shirtless. It seems strange, I'm pretty sure I've never seen any previous President without a shirt (wouldn't want to, either). I'm having a hard time with this. He is pretty hot, though.
Check out the Presidential Junk
Now, imagine the same photo of : John McCain, George Bush, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney....feel free to scream in absolute horror at the mental image; I know I did.
I'm glad it wasn't his wife and children. That would be inexcusable.
looks like little man boobs to me. Not the best picture for someone who's in good shape.
President-elect Barack Obama looks good. U.S. Secret Service needs help. Mike in Montana
Give Barack a break!
I APPRECIATE THE PICTURE MUCH, IF IT WAS TAKEN BY
PERMISSION. I AM FURIOUS THAT THE SECURITY FOR
THE WELL BEING OF OUR PRESIDENT IS SO LAX.
WHAT IS THE SECRET SERVICE DOING, WATCHING THE COWS !!!!!
So nice of CNN to do their part to make these kinds of photos valuable so more paparazzi will be inclined to invade privacy.
Way to go! Idiots.
GOOD REASON TO VOTE FOR HIM RIGHT OBAMA FANS!!!!!!!!!!
I FULLY AGREE WITH YOU.
This is shameful. How low can the media go?
@Once you vote black.....You're a pubic hair....
PE.....SHOWEM' WHAT YOUR WORKIN' WIT!