Obama friend arrested in Hawaii
Mug shot taken of Titcomb by the Honolulu Police Department obtained by CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.
April 7th, 2011
08:38 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama friend arrested in Hawaii

(CNN) – A friend of President Barack Obama was arrested Monday for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover officer posing as a prostitute, according to CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.

Robert Richard Titcomb, 49, was arrested with three other men Monday night and released later that evening after posting $500 bail. He is scheduled to appear at the Honolulu District Court May 2.

The Honolulu Department of Public Safety confirmed Titcomb's arrest to CNN Wednesday. The Honolulu Police Department confirmed an arrest with matching information but would not disclose the name of the individual.

According to Hawaii News Now, Titcomb and the president have been close friends since high school. The two are frequently seen golfing and dining together when the Obama family visits Hawaii.

Most recently the Obama family spent time with the Titcombs on a trip to Hawaii in late December 2010 and early January 2011. White House pool reports at the time noted Titcomb by name on multiple dates during the trip. According to CNN records, President Obama golfed with Titcomb on December 23, December 26, December 28 and January 2. The first family was joined by the Titcomb family on Christmas Day and spent most of December 30 at the Titcomb residence eating, playing volleyball and enjoying time on the beach. The first couple also had dinner with the Titcomb on December 29.

Titcomb had no comment when reached by Hawaii News Now.

– CNN's Gabriella Schwarz, Amanda Watts and Justin Lear contributed to this report


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soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. Hailey

    oooohhhhhhh, so what! We all have friends that do stupid things. Don't you guys have more important things to report on like child salvery and abuse of children and the elderly? Bring attention to those horrible things and make a change in this world.

    April 7, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. julie

    What does any of this have to do with President Obama? Was he with him? We are friends with people that do or have done things we don't agree with, should our names be lumped in with them. This is not even good news reporting, the main part of the article is how the First Family has spent time with them vacationing. Where is the story about the prostitution charge. Come on are we that deparate to cast President Obama in a negative light that we don't even put out good journalism?

    April 7, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. QuestionsandAnswer

    What does this have to do with politics..? Why even mention that he is friends with Obama at all?

    April 7, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Eunice

    and what's your point? President Obama is NOT this man's keeper. CNN is getting right stupid with their comments.

    April 7, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. mb2010a

    Why is this news? Every President has questionable "friends".

    April 7, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. WDrad

    Does Obama have any friends left that haven't been arrested? I am beginning to think I must lead a dull life since I don't know a single person thats ever been arrested.

    April 7, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. amitor

    Show me your friends and I can tell you who you are. Obamas friends, Terrorist( Biill Ayers)Tax cheaters Al Sharpton, Gaithner etc. Crooks, Chicago Politicians, Union leaders and on and on.

    April 7, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. RRMON

    Another political set-up.

    April 7, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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