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


Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. Liquid_Revolver_Ocelot

    What can you expect from a man with a last name like that?

    April 7, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Mon

    The ONLY reason this man has received national attention is because he is a friend of Obama...come on CNN this isn't journalism its petty gossip...

    April 7, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. baffled

    IIs the president responsible for that also. I don't see anything reported abouted anyone elses friend.report news!

    April 7, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. GreekMandu

    Why the surprised look coming from a Hawaiian. Disgraceful look upon you. SMH

    April 7, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Kathleen

    I dont believe we should judge Obama because his long term friend was arrested for prostitution, but yet again you know how that saying goes, "tell me who your friends are, and I'll tell you who you are"

    April 7, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Anonymous

    We all have friends who turn out to make stupid decisions. I don't really see how this affects President Obama or the country in general.

    April 7, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Anthony

    What does this have to do with the President? This man was caught messing with a prostitute so how is this news towards the President? Stupid!

    April 7, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. D-WADE

    That should have nothing to do with President Obama as Chief Executive Officer. His friends life is his own personal business.

    April 7, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Ed Ward II

    This is one of the few things that the President can't be blamed for. Hard to understand why people would do that when they're that high up. With all his money can't he get a girl without resorting to prostitution?

    April 7, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Dan

    Wow thanks for becoming TMZ, CNN. Who cares of Obama knows this man. Anything for a story I guess

    April 7, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. RapierEdge

    So, I'm waiting for the President to claim entrapment or that the police were acting stupidly and childish and we have a laua summit.

    April 7, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. killedxxx

    well this story is something else?

    April 7, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. RapierEdge

    Now what the story doesn't say is whether the undercover officer was male or female. I'm sure National Enquirer will fill us in on the details.

    April 7, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. yeah

    everyone does this. we all have genitals. come on now

    April 7, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. H.

    So his friend likes hookers, this is news because......??

    April 7, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. John

    Hahaha.....The prez best friend got caught, what does that tell us about the prez??? Hmm.....

    April 7, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Name

    What does this have to do with the president

    April 7, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. JT

    LOL....only the classiest of friends for our president. The most classless president ever......Just look at his closest friends and name one that could be considered anything except a potential "model prisoner". Yuck, I can understand this one having to pay for it.....

    April 7, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    And the Bush Family is in business with the bin Ladens. What's the point of this story? I'm sure every politician in Washington, and I mean everyone of them, knows a person that has been in trouble. How many of them were friendly with a family that was behind 9/11?

    April 7, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Expat

    Why is this news? The headline shows the sensationalizing crap produced by CNN...

    April 7, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Anonymous

    o wow another contraversial friend for obama

    April 7, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. D-WADE

    That should have nothing to do with President Obama as Chief Executive Officer. His friends life is his own personal business. p.s. entrapments should not exist when it concerns law enforcement officers making an arrest.

    April 7, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Ichi

    Guess who's not being invited over anymore?

    April 7, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. bohuck

    Please this is not a reflection on Obama he can not control what his friends do. Election season is under way.

    April 7, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. SAF65

    So what? Nobody needs to be held responsible for the actions of another. You can have someone as close as a spouse or parent or child of someone who does something that shocks the loved one–who never realized that there was an problem with that person. To highlight this story as if to bring blame to President Obama is not only unjust, it is also ignorant. I'm sure he is a surprised as anyone else. It wasn't murder, by the way. It would be hard for the majority to throw stones at this one!

    April 7, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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