March 25th, 2008
08:45 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama hits St. Thomas, meets with governor 'unofficially'


CNN Exclusive video of Obama vacationing on the island of St. Thomas. Photo credit: CNN/Welch.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (CNN) - For three days, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is enjoying some private down time on the island of St. Thomas, a source close to the U.S. territory's Government House in the capital of Charlotte Amalie confirmed Monday.

The source also confirmed that Gov. John deJongh "unofficially" met with the Illinois senator and his family upon their arrival at St. Thomas' Cyril E. King Airport Sunday morning.

Obama campaign officials had been vague about the Obama family trip.

The senator will resume campaigning on Wednesday in North Carolina.

Related: Watch CNN's Exclusive footage of Sen. Obama on vacation

–CNN'S Chris Welch, in Charlotte Amalie

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. nice job

    Take a Break Hill, put down the broom and step away from the cauldron. Have some prunes and an enema.

    March 24, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. MonsterMASH

    Wow...I can't believe how hateful these Clinton fanatics are. He's taking a well deserved break with his family. Hillary should probably do the same. She's looking pretty stressed out. But I guess anyone would if they were losing a presidential campaign despite using every dirty trick in the book.

    March 24, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. L, TN

    Give me a break....he got so tore up with that Mr. Wright stuff he had to go somewhere to hide out. He is a looser. If this man is our nominee I hope the news media will be happy. I will write in Hillary. You will be happy because you'll get McCain. The day that the American people have no choice but a man that clearly is racist and unAmerican or McCain will be a sad day for us all.

    March 24, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Linda

    Hey people, don't you know Obama is working there?? Pretty smart Dude!
    No, he didn't go to Church on Easter and not much any other time. His friendship is strictly for MONEY! He's a smooth talker alright! LULU KY

    March 24, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Thompson

    Why is this news??? Is a man not entitled to a vacation??? Why are the Cllinton supports concerned about Obama's down time? Get a life people...

    March 24, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. Joan

    Obama.....goes on vcation where "his" ppl live.

    March 24, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. Marguerite

    newsworthy? hardly, but it's always nice to hear about our next POTUS – again, CNN, how does it feel to be fox news' lackey?

    March 24, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. Freedom fighter

    Hillary is actually making a great showing- considering millions of her votes are not being counted.

    And she did this on her own merits- against all the media bias and without all the advantages given to Obama.

    Obama is running on affirmative action. No one wants to risk being called a racist by offering an honest opinion of his actions and abilities. All his words and actions are presented in the best possible light. All Hillary's words and actions are twisted and presented in the worst light.

    March 24, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. ak

    where are Michelle and Wright in the picture

    March 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Dana

    Leave the man alone!!!!

    March 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Ardnuas

    Voters.... The media is encouraging us to fight with each other....instead of sending these hateful e-mails about democrats, why NOT focus your attention on John McCain?
    Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede

    March 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Insignificant White Male


    From a typical white person's perspective you define the term racist. Fortunately when the DNC gives the nomination to a typical white woman. I HOPE you don't act like the typical Black person when that happens. You see deception works for only so long. You'd never have the delegetes if the public had just known the real you, Barry.

    Enjoy your vaca, homey, very Presidential I might add.

    March 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Dr Smooth

    Let the "Empty Suit" hit the beach.
    How far is he from Cuba? That's where his Socialsit/leftist agenda is in full bloom!

    Have him take a good look at what national Healthcare looks like.

    March 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. bigben

    Hillary was in PA. Working hard , hitting issues. Let vote for the fighter, not the pretender

    March 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Ross

    Well-deserved vacation. He's been working hard, it's Shillary and McBush's turn to work hard.

    March 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Nancy Tc

    Is this a campaign expense?

    Are we really paying taxes to have this guy in the Senate?

    When was the last day he actually put in a days work as a U.S. Senator?

    March 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Craig in Texas Democrat and supporter for Obama

    Ok Obama been kicking dust in this election for a year and a half. Are yall saying as a senator you dont get vacation time lol such evil ppl. Oh or are yall jus jealous. Go Obama nothing like the carribean sun.


    March 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. Antoinette

    Can they please let that man enjoy his vacation

    March 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Chance

    I see the ignorant's are out in full force today. News flash: Obama and his wife are already rich; they don't need your donation to vacation. And good on him for taking a few days off. I don't know what it is about this country that people think vacation is a four letter word. Looks like a beautiful spot.

    March 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. Beverly, Houston

    TO: Sue at 3:45 P.M.

    THis man just has no clue . If he gets the nomination I think alot of people need their heads examined. I just won't vote..His campaign is getting nasty and they are the first one's to jump on and twist the Clintons for what they say!!!! Go Hillary. She is above all this!

    What rock have you been under? You are obviously very, very, uneducated to make ignorant statements like you made. The Clintons are the Sleaze bags of all time, and everyone but you knows it!

    March 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. Jeremy

    Dear Hillary,
    For the good of our nation and the world, please stop.

    March 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. S. Shay

    This is a story? Although it does look a little weird to see the President chilling on his cell phone!! LOL! But George Bush has vacationed more than ran the we should be used to seeing Presidents on vacation.

    Get some rest President Obama!!

    March 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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