December 31st, 2008
02:35 PM ET
9 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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  1. Erika, KS

    Whatever! Who cares? How is this news?

    December 31, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |


    And that is exactly what you got when YOU voted for the shrub twice. Your president, your war, and your kids and grandkids now will pay for it. Kinda late to whine about it now since you also insisted that taxes be lowered while fighting 2 wars, but I am sure you were one of the ones that supported the troops by showing that metallic yellow ribbon on the Tahoe. The troops get the pain, you get to whine.

    Let's hope Obama can clean up YOUR president's mess.

    December 31, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Becky, Midwest

    Everyone is so "proud" of Obama. "Proud" to be black. "Proud" of this and proud of that. How ridiculous. Pride is not a virtue. Pride before the fall, people. Pride before the fall. Why be proud of something you can't control or something you had nothing to do with? As in, being born into a black family. Take your pride and get lost. It's stupid.

    December 31, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Texas Teacher

    VE Obama and family... happy new year! 🙂

    We need you more than you can know.... Biden and Family... happy new year! 🙂

    I hope Obama gets a good rest in his home state... he is going to need it. He needs all the support he can get rather than this senseless criticisim. Let the Man get in Office before you begin trying to lynch him on the White House lawn, hoods.... I see way to many donning sheets and hoods! He deserves a break, he is not even sworn in yet! Seriously....

    December 31, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Perusing-Through

    Well earned vacation President-Elect Barack Obama . . . . enjoy it while you can. Come January 20th the brutal task of managing the nation's issues will wear you out.


    1.) – Successfully end two wars (Iraq & Afghanistan),
    2.) – Resolve Iran's nuclear weapons potentials,
    3.) – Arbitrate peace between two nuclear armed nations (Pakistan & India),
    4.) – Arbitrate peace between Palestinians and Israelis,
    5.) – Resolve Castro/U.S. frozen relations,
    6.) – Check Russian warships on Venezuelan coast and Hugo Chavez nuclear ambitions,
    7.) – Genocide and starvation by the millions throughout the African Continent,
    8.) – Drug wars, kidnappings, and killings spilling out of Mexico across the borders into the U.S.,
    9.) – Fix broken immigration policy while 20-million Illegals hiding in the shadows,
    10.) – Engage the U.S. in International efforts to slow Global warming,
    11.) – Reverse national economic meltdown,
    12.) – Help financial markets restore credit,
    13.) – Help American auto-manufacturing with 'FINAL' bailout to successfully compete,
    14.) – Reverse skyrocketing unemployment,
    15.) – Replace/Overhaul Bush-Cheney disastrous energy policies,
    16.) – Reverse record breaking home foreclosures,
    17.) – Make health insurance coverage available & affordable,
    18.) – Halt the losses in investments, pensions and retirement plans,
    19.) – Reverse plummeting national debt,
    20.) – Help make education affordable,
    21.) – Restore the nation's credibility and admiration,
    22.) – Strengthen inefficient fed agencies like FEMA, EPA, and CDC,
    23.) – Stop the hemorrhaging of jobs to overseas slave labor markets.

    December 31, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Marc

    FreeNLovIt – Get your facts straight.
    First of all RUSSIA (or USSR) NEVER 'banned' God. They destroyed churches, persecuted religious men and women and many other shameful things, BUT never 'banned' God. They demeaned religion, they destroyed many parts of their own History and in the end, the Russians
    get out of the USSR as religious as they were before (if not more).
    How preposterous of you to believe that we wish to live in Hell, thus we're 'mean' to Christians. It's sad to see that you have yourself in such a great way that ANYONE who disagrees with you is that pathetic.
    We simply are not Bible-thumpers like you, live with it cause we're not going to disappear just because you want us to.
    And what does your post has to do with this blog anyway?

    CNN: This is my fourth or fifth post today and all the previous ones were 'moderated'. STOP DOING THIS PLEASE!

    December 31, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Texas Teacher

    WOW WOW... I suppose you would prefer the Bush/Cheney hole we are in..... we are almost buried! Seriously.... are you for real? 🙂

    December 31, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. James

    Thank God we haven't seen Michelle in a Two piece...Yuk. She is one ugly first lady.

    December 31, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Barrie

    Happy New Year to the Obama family. They will be a wonderful First Family. I am proud to have supported them all throughout the election!

    Many blessings!

    December 31, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. rachel

    Wish I was in Hawaii, just looking at Sasha in the little tank makes me miss 80 degree weather, well that and loking out my window at the snow drifts.

    December 31, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. fairness

    I wish everyone in the world happy new year, love, no war, no suffering hunger....

    December 31, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Ya_Ya

    Then why did you read it Erika, KS, and WHY would you take the time to comment.

    December 31, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!



    December 31, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Greg, NH

    CNN, it is not necessary to give such a news. He is not even a president right now. Live him alone.

    December 31, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. JS ...... santee


    Who decides who is "Quality" Christian? What gives you the right to judge?
    "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Don't speak for Christians..speak for yourself but don't denegrate the goodness of an entire faith with your rubbish.

    December 31, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Really

    This guy is a super hero. The world is turmoil and he is about to take the office of this great nation. He has all this on his shoulders and yet he has time to spend with his family and vacation for weeks in Hawaii. How does he do it?

    December 31, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. No Hillary = No Obama

    This guy strikes me as someone who enjoys lazing around rather than a work horse. I think he has relied on his brain power instead of the sweat of his brow.

    December 31, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. G.R.I.T.S - Girl Raised in the South

    Jealous much, Welcome to the Obama Show?

    December 31, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Texas Teacher

    nylady.... I agree completely... those are adorable little girls... what a joy to watch them grow into young women in the next 8 years!:)

    December 31, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Texas Teacher

    Nice to see Barack Obama with his daughters... he will be a model for all fathers... 🙂 And Michelle will be the same model for mothers... I am so proud of this family! 🙂

    December 31, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Larry in Houston

    Thank You, Texas Teacher, for your Views, I enjoy your comments !

    Houston Texas

    December 31, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Texas Teacher

    Sorry, Commentators... the old texas teacher gets carried away... 🙂

    December 31, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Kenneth M. of Flushing Queens

    A Woman In California For Obama, perhaps Michelle was in the rest room when this picture was taken. Must you toss your opinion in everything? Why can't it just be a nice picture without her without there being some male message. Are you having hot flashes again?

    December 31, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. New Yorker

    Texas Teacher, You are one of the reasons some parents put their kids in private school or home-school. Not everyone who voted against Obama is prejudiced. We just don't like his voting and non-voting record. Condi Rice would have made a far better President and I would have voted for her gladly (and she is blacker than Obama and I hope that statement does not offend you) but she was wise not to subject herself to the wrath of the liberals. We will see what rating Obama has in, let's say, 6 months.

    December 31, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. Salt & Pepper

    Welcome to the east coast Obama family! If there is anything we can do, just let us know. (I'll even pitch in some $$$ to get Bush back out to Texas!) HA-HA! 🙂

    December 31, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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