December 28th, 2009
05:49 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama friend's child hurt on Hawaiian vacation

An ambulance leaves the neighborhood where President Obama and his family are vacationing in Hawaii.
An ambulance leaves the neighborhood where President Obama and his family are vacationing in Hawaii.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) - The child of one of President Barack Obama's golf partners suffered a cut chin during the president's Hawaiian vacation Monday, prompting a stir when Obama quickly left the course so his partner could attend to the child.

The president and his entourage quickly left the Luana Hills golf course outside Honolulu and an ambulance was called to the vacation home the first family has rented on the north side of Oahu. A White House aide told CNN that the child who was hurt was treated on the scene, but could go to a hospital later as a precaution.

Neither Obama's golf partner nor the child were identified. Aides said no member of the first family was hurt in the incident, details of which were not immediately available.

The president later returned to the course.

– CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry contributed to this report.


Filed under: Extra • President Obama
soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. John

    Who cares?

    December 28, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Ted

    Can the media just focus on real news and leave the President and his family alone? This is intrusive and shows that the media is lacking in knowing how to ferret out real news.

    December 28, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Leah Texas

    I hope the friend is okay and gets well soon.
    God Bless President Obama, The Obama Family, The Good Ol' USA, and Our Troops!

    December 28, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Scared, Unemployed American

    VACATION? GOLF? Are there not more pressing things that we are in the midst of: TERRORIST ATTACK, HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT???

    December 28, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Tim

    This is news? Wish my job was this easy....

    December 28, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Jean

    I just hope everyone is okay.

    December 28, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Obama Mama

    Hope they are ok. This president has had the toughest job of all presidents but he is doing a good job coping with it. Just one thing after another

    December 28, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Kiss

    Enough already. Let him and his family have a vacation. Find something else to do pleaes.

    December 28, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. HeleneIrma

    Not a national emergency, but an emergency when a child gets hurt, hope he/she is OK.

    December 28, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. dan

    I wish people could be realistic, do you really think he doesn't deserve a break with his family! Think...

    December 28, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. MaryLeigh

    R u serious: there are more pressing matters! Get a life!

    December 28, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Tim

    Nice to see you enjoying yourself in Hawaii, Mr. President, when there are millions here on the mainland who are cold, hungry, and have no employment prospects.

    December 28, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. Ranger

    Why on earth would they call an ambulance for a kid's cut on the chin?

    December 28, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Patty

    How is this news?

    December 28, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. CNN in the censoring buisness..shameful! He LIVES so ALL man can know peace and love!

    Glad the child is fine....but why did this make the news? Is their something more going on...like a call from Iran or somewhere?

    December 28, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Enough

    Obama stops everything for his friend.............but won't stop his pleasure trip to do the job we hired him to, dithers on Afghanistan and keeps on playing while there are terrorist attacks............gotta love this mans priorities, pleasure over work........but then anyone who was paying attention knew that just by reviewing his voting record, or lack of voting record.

    December 28, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. C Spurgeon

    God he does live in a bubble. Why doesn't CNN give it up.Let this President have some private time.

    December 28, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. charlie in Maine

    Hope they are better soon. But really CNN? This is news?

    December 28, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. Glenda

    An ambulance call for a cut on the chin???

    December 28, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. rachel

    glad it's not serious. Always nerve recking when a child is hurt.

    December 28, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. teller

    They needed an ambulance? Sounds like a little peroxide, neosporin and a Spongebob Squarepants band-aid could have handled it.

    December 28, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Erin

    Ihope the child is ok but have to comment on comments. Are you kidding me? I realize he's the POTUS but he is still a husband,father and a US citizen who should get a few days off a year to golf or sit and watch TV!

    December 28, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. mm1200x

    Obama deserves a vacation after pulling together sweeping health care reform, slowing the economic crisis and really thinking through the war in Afghanistan among other things. Hope he and the first family have a great time!

    December 28, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  24. Cody

    The president rushes off the golf course for a cut chin but doesn't bother coming back to D.C. when his country faces a potential terror attack. I've realized I made a huge mistake when I cast my vote last year.

    December 28, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. SUNI

    The most useless President ever!! He has done nothing to prove any major change to America or the safety of American people!!
    Hopefully he has learned as to how it feels to be under terrorist attack...First Year and i am already feeling bored of him!! Waiting for the ELECTION>>>>to get rid off him....

    December 28, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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