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.
Ripped and ready honey. Ready to lead.
Im concerned with the presidents security. This could have been a terrorist with a high caliper rifle and scope. Id like to see our security improved to protect our president and clamp down on the paparazi
Erika sweetie, President Elect Obama didn't tell the paparazzi to take pictures of himself while he was on holiday. By your way of "thinking", he should have been at the beach in anything but a bathing suit.
Anyway, while I agree PE Obama is in good shape for being nearly 5 decades old, these photographers should respect the Obama's privacy while they're on holiday.
Feeling hot, hot, hot.
LOL, leave him alone y'all–he deserves a great vacation.
Unlike George W. Bush who should never have left the oval office except to eat and sleep. What a moron.
Oh yeah, can I vote again.
LOL at all the FAT rednecks with huge beer bellies and teeny-tiny brains. jealous much?
Putin vs Obama. Who would win? older martial arts master vs the quick younger in-shape obama
I think should've gone to Kenya For Vacation....my goodness...all the lions...hyenas...cheetahs...elephants...snakes...more fun!!! The president of the world!!
I want to know why the press wouldn't have a beer on the PE. Make me that offer and see what happens. How cool would that be?
As the lady says: Lawd ha mercy!!!
If the secret service could not protect president Bush from one shoe, than a second shoe....need i say more. Obama, you look marvelous!!!!
WOW! What a beautiful man. Smart and handsome and a good person. This man needs to be cloned.
Dude! That's just NOT right! That's the President Elect people! Have some respect!
All flesh, materialism, socialism and bad habbits such as smoking, addiction to nicotine, and drunkeness, not much more inside, and no better than the Victoria's Secrets' models. Is it American destiny, in the tradition of spiritual, moral and intellectual values of our founding-fathers??
January 20, 2009 – we will have a president that is mentally fit and physically fit as well.
What a great role model for the youth of this country.
Barack's my homie , but .......tweet tweet!!!!!!
I had no clue he would be so buff out of his president-elect garb.
Michelle, I hope you're stepping it up for the Inaugural Balls!
Granted the Pres Elect looks good and I'm heading to the gym after work but It's a little scary a camera can get that shot. With all the "craziers" out there secret service needs to step up their game.
Not only for Obama but for the sitting President as well.
Agree Rodeoman. In today's world of sickos, allowing this kind of access to a President (or Pres-elect) can be dangerous.
If you women think this is "HOT" you must be pretty out of shape yourselves!!!
here in arkansas we feel it only appropriate to be seen in public in coveralls or overalls. course, what u folks call a day at the beach, we call a free bath.
I wonder how the paparazzi would like to be hounded every moment. It is disgusting how little privacy is possible for our president-elect and other leaders.
Where will it all end?
Uh...he's got my vote.
What a great role model for all the overweight people in America !!!