December 26th, 2009
09:10 AM ET
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. annie against biased news

    Presidents like to get away for a while and take a little vacation. However, they rarely escape the constant grind of government, and often accomplish some work while away from Washington. President Truman often escaped to Key West, Florida for a few weeks during each year of his administration, except 1945. While in Florida, the President stayed on the Key West Naval Air Station in a home that was once the residence of the base commandant. Because of President Truman's frequent visits, the location came to be called the Little White House. The First Lady and Margaret often accompanied the President, as well as various secretaries and advisors, Cabinet members, military personnel, Secret Service agents, and a full retinue of members of the press.
    Trips to Key West were not all rest and relaxation. While President Truman and his guests enjoyed swimming, volleyball, fishing, and sunning on the beach, work was an ever-present demand. President Truman responded to mail, conducted press conferences, met with advisors, and attended various ceremonial functions.

    In addition to visiting Key West, President Truman also took trips that were more work than vacation. Examples include a visit to Wake Island to confer with General Douglas MacArthur during the Korean Conflict, his trip to Potsdam after the end of the war in Europe to attend a meeting of the World War II allies, and his visit to Rio de Janeiro for an Official State visit.

    December 26, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. Silence Dogoode

    How is this news?

    December 26, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  3. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    No true American would celebrate Christmas this way!!!

    December 26, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  4. Hendrik

    Come on Ed, you right wingnut.

    Go eat some nice Christimas late dinner and chill out. Nobody really cares about your personal Republican points of view. You proved long ago that you are disrespectful to our President.

    December 26, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. southern cousin

    Wouldn't it be nice to take a Hawaiian vacation at taxpayer expense? That Barry Obama sure is a lucky guy. I have to work to pay the taxes to support the dope smokers he was elected by and is giving most of my money to. The next time we are attacked we will not be able to respond because the non working Oprah watchers will have our money. Maybe then (but I seriously doubt it) the dope smokers will realize the mistake they made in electing this clown. I also believe it would be a good idea for anyone and everyone who gets any kind of government check to have to take and pass a drug test in order to get their check. You would really cut down on entitlement programs.

    December 26, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. charlie in Maine

    Good for you Ed catch some waves

    December 26, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. unemployed by Obama

    Merry Christmas to Obama the traitor and lier. I'm out of work a year like many others and you lie about not resting till all that want to work are working. You are a bum who is living on the welfare of the American people by taking a vacation on the tax payer dollars. You are not worth and pray that my Christmas present is that you are a ONE TERM jerk.

    December 26, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. annie against biased news

    When is the so-called president going to visit troops in Afghanistan?

    December 26, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Larryintexas

    Merry Christmas to you Mr. Obama. Thanks for representing America with dignity and wisdom. The challenges you face are a result of the mismanagement and corruption of lesser men. We are fortunate to have you in this critical time.

    December 26, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Ed Henry's assignment to cover the president in Hawaii for CNN sure beats the entire Fox team being sent to Alaska to cover Sarah or a tea bagging party in upstate New York.

    December 26, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Shawna

    Its cool to have a fun job !

    December 26, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. ib

    Why is it so hard covering this president? You fly somewhere different every week; take a vacation to all parts of the world every other week or excuse me Obama takes a trip somewhere every week. Has he ever spent a whole week in the White House?? He screams about global warming while leaving the world's largest carbon footprint along with Gore. I guess if your family lives near DC it's rough being away from them all the time.

    December 26, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. carolflowery

    why does anyone have to cover the pres in hawaii, isnt it a vactation, and i personally dont give a crap where they are

    December 26, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. TCM

    Wow..CNN – can you brown nose Obama anymore than the last two days? Every article on the ticker, many other articles that are not newsworthy...and you keep pouring it on......like he's a messiah...what a disgrace for journalism.

    December 26, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |