January 1st, 2014
03:38 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama stays largely off the radar during Hawaii vacation

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) – As the sun rises in Honolulu, the White House Press Corps readies for another day in pursuit of the vacationing Commander in Chief.

Despite more than 40 journalists, photographers, and engineers being on site, getting a glimpse of the president over the last week has proved elusive.

"I've been in the TV press pool, and before his New Year's Eve outing with the family, we hadn't laid eyes on him in 6 days," said CNN Photojournalist Mark Walz, who's been covering the White House since 1988.

The neighborhood around Obama's rental home is blocked off on three sides–with Secret Service agents, Honolulu Police and the Coast Guard making sure no one gets too close.

"It's always a cat and mouse game," Walz added. "We want to get video of the president, and the White House wants to give him privacy."

Asked about the lack of access over the last week, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said "the President is enjoying two weeks of private vacation with his family in Hawaii, where he was born and raised."

Key word? "Private."

They point out that the first few days of the trip the press did see the President arrive, attend a basketball game, play golf and visit troops on Christmas Day.


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  1. Blinded by the republican lie

    "Private" As it should be..I would much rather see and hear as to what Bohener,Mc Connell, and their merry brand of under handeds that are scheming and conniving, and more obstruction, that they plan on doing when they get back. I hope the President is getting the all around rest that he deserves.

    January 1, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Smitty

    Has this guy ever worked an honest day in his life??? More wasted funds at our expense for the Biggest Liar of the Year winner.

    January 1, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Rusty Krus

    @Smitty
    Has this guy ever worked an honest day in his life??? More wasted funds at our expense for the Biggest Liar of the Year winner.

    Hey Smitty, remember the idiot who spent 3/4 of his tenure in Crawford Texas? You are delusional .

    January 1, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Smitty

    @Rusty, dude, cmon Bush is gone, He was ten times the pres this guy is anyway. Why do all you Bammy people keep comparing him to Bush, if Bush was so awful??? Cat got your tounge??? I was and still not a fan of W. But this guy is just lost. and Bush never won LIAR OF THE YEAR go ahead show ignorance and throw insults.

    January 1, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. sonnie3

    Dear Rusty
    our potus has not run a business or served in the military and has no clue as to America has become Great.

    January 1, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |