December 31st, 2008
02:35 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama's Hawaiian Christmas to be followed by quiet island New Year

The Obama family (above: the president-elect with daughters Malia and Sasha) will have a quiet New Year’s celebration as their vacation draws to a close.
The Obama family (above: the president-elect with daughters Malia and Sasha) will have a quiet New Year’s celebration as their vacation draws to a close.

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama will ring in the New Year quietly at the rental home in Hawaii, according to transition spokesman Ben LaBolt. “The Obama family is staying in Kailua, celebrating with friends,” LaBolt said, referring to he part of the island of Oahu where the family has been staying for nearly two weeks.

The Obamas are planning to move into a DC hotel this weekend.


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soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    May it (2009) have less problems than 2008!

    December 31, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. obama-mama

    Happy New Year my Presidential family........Wishing you all the best.

    December 31, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. carlo

    Go ahead right wingers, go ahead and accuse Obama of abusing tax payer money when he is paying for the trip with his own money, and Hawaii is his home state, not some exotic foreign destination.

    December 31, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Once you vote Black

    Countdown until the crazy Liberals (I mean Republicans) who spend their entire days posting on this forum show up and start bad mouthing this lady and John McCain (I mean this man and his family). He is a Muslim, no I mean a Rev Write Christian, he was born abroad, I mean in Hawaii before it was a country. Lets go GOP you seem to be on a winning streak. Keep the insults coming, but just notice that every thing you say about Obama makes him look good when it is disproved.

    December 31, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. obama-mama

    Happy New Year my Presidential family........Wishing you all the best.
    Look forward to seeing you all at the Inaugural.

    December 31, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OH THE LIFE OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MORE LIKE HERO TO ZERO!!!!!!!!!

    December 31, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Mesa

    Cute kids. Good photo op. Happy New Year.

    December 31, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. KJL

    I hope it's not the last quiet day for him in the next eight years.

    December 31, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Mari

    ALOHA! AND A BLESSED AND HOPEFUL NEW YEAR TO THE PRESIDENT-ELECT, HIS FAMILY AND ALL!

    HOPE WON.........HOPE WON........HOPE WON......HOPE WON........

    December 31, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. somali-american

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OBAMAS FAMILY. AND CNN STUFF

    December 31, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. FreeNLovIt

    Good! He seriously needs some quality time to recharge.

    December 31, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Matt, Chico, CA

    Why do you follow the Obamas like celebrities? It makes no difference to anybody what these people (not angels) do for the holidays.

    December 31, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Sherrol in Canada

    Happy New year Obamas. God bless.

    December 31, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. nylady

    look at little sasha, she is so cute! what a little munchkin and a such a beautiful family

    December 31, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. s

    HAPPY NEW YEAR & WISHING A PROSPEROUS ONE TO YOU ALL & THE NEW PRESIDENT!
    :)

    December 31, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. SMR

    Happy New Year to your family,VP Joe , your Appointees, Transition team,The many Volunteers, ALL PEOPLE FOR CHANGE and we will Pray for all the people against us because WE NEED THEIR HELP!!!

    December 31, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. FreeNLovIt

    On religion at the inauguration, first and foremost, RUSSIA banned God for 40 years. I was watching the History Channel or one of those cable channel and they woke up to RAISING millions of MEN that were hard-core murderers. They were like plants without the sun. They were dying SPIRITUALLY. Through Gorbachev, who persuaded them to open the doors of the churches, the RUSSIA government allowed God back into their civilization. Today, the Good News is changing the lives of MURDERERS.

    Ya all can hate us Christians, but remember, it is the CHURCH that is holding back the doors of HITLERS. Without us, America will be one UGLY place to live.

    It will be HELL in America when the RAPTURE does take place and take all the QUALITY Christians away from planet EARTH. Someday, your wishes will come true and you'll be living in HELL here on earth. So stop being MEAN to Christians.

    On W, he's 30% Christian when you put him next to Mother Theresa. He doesnt speak for my Christianity.

    December 31, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Billy, Springfield, MO

    Lets hit the ground running Barack.

    December 31, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. W O W WO W

    AND,,,,,,,,,,,WHO,,,,,,,,,,,SAYS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,THE,,,,,,,,,,ECONOMY,,,,,,,,,,,IS,,,,,,,,,,

    GETTING,,,,,,,,,WORSE ? ? I'M,,,,,,,,,,,,,FREEZING,,,,,,,,,,MY,,,,,,,,,,,,BEHIND,

    WHILE,,,,,,,,,,,,,MR,,,,,,,,,,,,OBAMA,,,,,,,,,,,,SAYS,,,,,,,,,,,,,THINGS,,,,,,,,,,WILL,,,,,,,,,

    GET,,,,,,,,,,WORSE,,,,,,,,,,WHEN,,,,,,,,,,,HE,,,,,,,,,,,TAKES,,,,,,,,,OVER

    December 31, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Susan

    At what times Obama took restroom break?

    CNN, stop bein ridiculous and LEAVE OBAMA ALONE.

    December 31, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Mike O'Brien

    Well at least.., President-elect Barack Obama learned about the 'energy problems' with the black-out.. Enjoy your vacation (?).., with your wife, family and friends. You may 'not' enjoy it, when you return to Washington, D.C.. I belive with my 'vote'.., you will do a excellent job in the White House for the American people and people around the world. I wish you, your family and 'your' cabinet, the best of luck. I wouldn't want your job for anything in the world. Mike in Butte, Montana

    December 31, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. Adam

    Enough of this TMZ type of coverage. Why is this news? The country is being destroyed by an awful economy and illegal aliens and as usual the media is worried about THAT ONE!!!!

    December 31, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. rachel

    Dang Malia is growing like a weed.

    December 31, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. Grace from MN

    Are you guys gonna give the name and location of the Hotel the first family is staying in as well? Man, what is wrong with this transition team giving out so much information on the first family to be?

    December 31, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    I saw Obama playing golf on CNN and wonder if he plays as well as Bill Clinton and keeps score as well too?

    December 31, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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