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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Sherman in Atlanta

    Have a great vacation Obama.Virginia is for lovers and Alabama is for losers.

    December 31, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Al, California

    Happy New Year to this beautiful family and their friends, and good luck to Obama and all of us to save the country after eight years of destruction.

    December 31, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Minneapple gal

    to mr Obama and family

    008 ws a year for you. I hope 2009 is very good to you and have a happy new year and good luck after 1-20-09 cause you are sure gonna need it

    and brush them haters off Barack us REAL people got ya back

    OBAMA2009-2016

    December 31, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Griff

    Well America what will you do now???
    PLO 1964.... Arab/Israel war 1967.... Now they think the can force the world into making that Battle legitamate (1967) in favor of the Arabs... Start uprising where ever to force Obama's Hand.... I said you should'nt have chose him but you knew better....

    December 31, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. god bless america

    Happy New year and hopefully a new year for a history made president

    December 31, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. t

    Let him enjoy his vacation with his family,like we enjoy ours. After the vacation is over with he got some work to do and it will not be a vacation.....Everyone deserve a BREAK !

    December 31, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Jan Illinois

    Good for them. Now why is Bush getting away with all that he has done to this country and a huge amount of our money. Do your job and go after the news.

    December 31, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. WhoCares?

    "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!!!!"

    Actually, it is getting destroyed by the republican corporate elite that love money more than the country. Like your wonderful Tennessee senator that sold his souls to foreign car manufacturers for money and then blasted Amercian workers of the Big 3 loan.

    But God..I know how you Republicans love to blame the poor (What a laugh riot that is) and illegal aliens for all the nation's problems.

    These last few years have honestly led me to belive that the Republican Party really wants the country to fail and are ACTIVELY working to make it happen.

    Hell..as long as they all have their "Summer" houses in Europe who cares if America fails eh?

    December 31, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. WhoCares?

    You honestly think people really believe you were a "Former Obama Supporter" man?

    LOL..

    December 31, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. EARL

    HAPPY NEW YEAR OBAMA'S ! I HOPE YOU DO WELL AS PRESIDENT.
    I HOPE YOU CAN BRING US OUT OF THIS NIGHTMARE.GOOD LUCK
    OBAMA FAMILY!!!!!!!!

    December 31, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Cecilia Hidalgo

    Happy New Year to the Obama Family and all American Families as well.
    We all have to help to change America for the better and are responsible for the way things are now, one way or the other.
    May 2009 be the beginning of a new era where Peace and understanding bloom again !

    December 31, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. arc, Lugano CH

    James December 31st, 2008 4:35 pm ET
    Thank God we haven't seen Michelle in a Two piece…Yuk. She is one ugly first lady.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Why don't you post a picture of your betrothed so we can all have a look and a laugh? Post one of your mother too. By the intellect displayed in your post, they are the same person aren't they, 'Country First' Bigot?

    December 31, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. ME IN FL

    Happy New Year PE Obama & family!!!! Wishing you the best!

    December 31, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. get real dude

    James, thank God we have not seen you in your two-piece either. I'm
    proof-positive you're the real ugly lady!!!! Ha..ha.. ha.. By the way, seems to me that you are sad because you didn't see her, you let us all know, in order for you to know that she was missing in her two-piece, you must have been staying up late at night, burning up the internet looking for her!!! (ahh you're busted dude!) Mrs. Obama IS gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHO REALLY CARES IF YOU OR ANYBODY ELSE THINKS NOT........Barack Loooooooooves her!!!!!!!

    December 31, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Carolyn White

    Americans are suffering from no jobs, no money, no food no Christmas, and here is an ILLEGAL ALIEN, VACATIONING WITH HIS FAMILY WITH THE TAXPAYERS MONEY, Is anyone Surprise, you folks
    gave everything you had including you souls to an Illegal Alien to run this Country, Be careful what you ask for, because you will sure get it, now where are you vacationing? SHAME ON YOU, YOU HAVE BEEN DUPED.

    December 31, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. bushisuseless

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

    For an ugly lady as you put it, james. She scored one US President to be who has a the built and look of maybe not only the first Black US president but considered to be the best looking president since JFK.
    For Michelle as an "ugly" lady as per loser James say Not bad not bad at all.I wish I have her look So I can score a US president . Sorry but so far Democrats has the best looking candidates and wives I've seen so far no wonder everyone wants to bang them, they're hip they're cool and they're intelligent.

    December 31, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. peace and love in the New Year

    I wish the Obama and the Biden families a very Happy Safe New Year!

    Happy New Year to Everyone and God Bless Americia in 2009!!!

    Remember: Don't drink and drive...stay safe!

    December 31, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. get real

    James, thank God we have not seen you in your two-piece either. I'm
    proof-positive you're the real ugly lady!!!! Ha..ha.. ha.. By the way, seems to me that you are sad because you didn't see her, you let us all know, in order for you to know that she was missing in her two-piece, you must have been staying up late at night, burning up the internet looking for her!!! (ahh you're busted dude!) Mrs. Obama IS gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHO REALLY CARES IF YOU OR ANYBODY ELSE THINKS NOT........Barack Loooooooooves her!!!!!!!

    December 31, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. Why Not

    Why is there still so much hate? If all of you who continue to be so negative and filled with hate would put that energy into something positive and actually help our society, this country would be in such a better place. Get away from the blogs, the TV, the fridge and go volunteer your spare time and help this world. How about using all the time you spend spewing hate to work for Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross, your local senior center or hospital. It just might help you to feel better.

    Happy New Year to all who truly care and respect this world and all of its people.

    December 31, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. Diane

    Happy New Year President Elect and Family. Your children are growing up right in front our of eyes. They are cute as a button!

    December 31, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. michael wilson

    someone needs to proofread these – Kailua is not on Oahu, it is on the Big Island of Hawaii.

    December 31, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. from NZ

    Hey James, and I bet you are one ugly freak!!!. Bloody idiot!! Get off the computer and educate yourself

    December 31, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. discovery files

    Some of the comments here are disturbing. Obama will have a task on his hands alright but to think he is the root of what's ahead is very niave.

    December 31, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. welches, oregon

    Happy New Year President Obama, First Lady Michelle and first daughters Sasha and Malia, from one happy American, knowing our future is in good hands. I support you all the way and urge my fellow Americans to do the same. Yes We Can! United We Stand!

    December 31, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. welches, oregon

    President Obama has a huge job ahead of him with literally the weight of the world on his shoulders. If anyone can do it, his team can. Also, I am so glad HiIlary is Secretary of State – which when you think about it – is a much more powerful position than Vice President – Obama knows what he's doing – he always has.

    December 31, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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