March 25th, 2008
08:45 AM ET
14 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. Медведев

    Obama needed to get away from the haters for a little bit so he can regroup, and gather his strength to defeat you all on 4/22. Have a great vacation Barack! You've earned a breather.

    March 24, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Bruce

    I feel a shirtless photo coming on! Take that Hillary tears!

    March 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Alice in Fort Myers

    I hope he never comes back

    March 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. caroline, los angeles

    YouCNN, how is this news?

    March 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Indiana

    Very slow day shame they don't tell the truth about the real Obama! Do you want to make the same as someone who won't work?

    March 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. shundee

    You must be highly uneducated. The people who reside in St .Thomas are Black. Open a book and learn something, then return here to post. Right don't qualify!!

    March 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. jane

    Cliton should release her intax. what is she hidding. she should also release her earmarktrade. She wants to go to white house so she will use her taxmoney to enjoy herself. you need to drop out of the race

    March 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. SSgt USAF

    Praise the Lord! You deserve some downtime. Don't Stop Obama... Those ignorant folks who doubt you have no idea what it is like to walk a mile in your shoes... As the youth of today say... "Shake the haters off!"

    March 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. zina

    It's fantastic that he took Michelle and the girls on a mini vacation. Good for them! Why be nasty to them on this post, democrats? They're a normal American family and deserve a bit of down time together especially with this campain.

    March 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. julie

    Well then, its time to check out the Governor. I wonder what he thinks of the main Island.

    March 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Indiana


    March 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. SLO Bear

    A real marriage and family life may wind up being as inspirational to the country as the rest of what Senator Obama brings.

    March 24, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. rasil

    CNN you should be ashamed to present such sloppy reportage. You deliberately misrepresented the story and I have no respect for any of you. You will go down in history as psued-journalist. This is why I have begun to hold this media in low regard. You do what you do because you have been bought.

    March 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Bowie

    The man went to St. Thomas. I'm sure he paid for it himself. I've been their myself and it is not very expensive. He will be back and He will be our next President. Get some rest Barack 🙂

    March 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. StanT

    This type of "attack" and retract is the reason this lifetime party supporter cannot vote for Mr. Obama.

    March 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Vig

    This reminds me of Bush with all his vacations to Crawford Texas during a national crisis – Katrina. Obama does impress me as someone who doesn't deny himself too much of anything. If he gets nominated, I won't be voting in the election. I just don't think he's qualified and I think he will make a very weak leader.

    March 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. kevin from alaska

    OlvrWhit: To be so rich?

    Look, Obama is loaded by any conventional standard of the definition: The Obama's are worth $2 million.

    But the Clintons are worth $35 million and the McCain's are worth $40 million.

    They're all rich elitists. Get over it.

    March 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. deb in az

    i dont he is vacationing on donations from his campaign funds. he has to account for the way the funds are spent....nice place to take a vacation..... hopefully he is regrouping and considering his options

    March 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. vic nashville,Tn

    Only in CNN he can get free publicity .Even he is in vacation ,good job CNN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Jonny

    HRC supporters are a disgrace. They do not love their country, they love power – and backing a w inner. Just read the posts in this thread. Not in church during Easter? Give me a break...

    March 24, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. CitizenJ

    Such a high content of hatred on this site spawned by an even higher content of idiocy.

    March 24, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Florida For OBAMA

    Are you serious CNN? is this news?

    March 24, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. Bill from Oklahoma

    I guess that he thinks he has the nomination all wrapped up. A bit of a mistake. Having all these anti american remarks his minister and wife has said and he goes out of the US to vacation. Waht was he thinking.

    March 24, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Donny,CantonOH

    Hope he never comes back!

    Go Hillary/ Go McCain!!!

    March 24, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Sue

    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!

    March 24, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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