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. GoHillaryGo

    LOL, I guess Obama's using your money to pay Bill Richardson and to pay for his vacations to the Caribbean!!

    Either he's using your money or Rev. Wright is also a LIAR! Awww, underprivileged, poor Black man? I don't think so....

    March 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. GoHillaryGo

    Awww, life must be so hard for poor, underprivileged Barack Obama in the Caribbean....

    He deserves a vacation? Please, he's just like President Bush...when things get a little tough, time to take a vacation!

    Obama needs to DROP OUT of this campaign. He's severely hurting the Democratic party, and he's making a complete fool out of himself and those who support him. He's completely out of his league.

    Hillary continues to work, work, she will when she is President of the United States of America!!!!

    March 24, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Manuel TX

    Hey, now Obama can claim some experience in foreign relations.

    I done went to the island. 🙂

    March 24, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Talimee

    Where is the coverage of Hillary Clinton's speech on the economy? Who cares if OBama is on vacation... I dont care. The way he organizes his vacations is not what we need to hear right now. Well, for those of you who want to read Hillary's speech go to NYTimes.

    March 24, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. JEFF

    He is what we need in this country new ideas new ways not the same OLD McCain stuff and we certainly don't need the clinton deal again

    March 24, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Delta Dave

    Clinton takes a couple of days off – no comment. Obama takes a couple of days off – outrage. Get a life, you bozos, everyone needs some time off. I guess the Clintonians don't want him to recharge his batteries to prepare for the next load of c**p that The Ruthless Billary Machine is dreaming up. The desperation in their campaign is becoming more and more visible day by day. Now I have to wonder where Bill will go when he has lost Hillary the nomination?

    March 24, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Andre

    This election, the comments, the media and all of America who particpate in this negative comunication is a representation and
    reflection of ourself as Americans,we need to be judging that, but we know that is to much light right.

    March 24, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Hypocrits

    All of you are hypocrits! Who doesn't talk about the US government or what they don't like inthis country? Everyone does, idiots! Do all of you posting on this board go to church? Probably not. Stop judging Obama as if you are pure as the driven snow. Stop judging all of them. Stick to the issues. This economy sucks. The effects of the economy doesn't see color or religion. Wisen up, people. We are going to be in a depression soon. If not a depression, we will continue in the recession, DEPRESSED! Think about it.

    March 24, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Katica

    Most of these comments show, why will the Republicans keep the White House the next 4 years. Why this hatred? This should be a unified party with common goals.

    The difference between the two candidates are miniscule, one will use the establishment the other tries to bring in new life into politics, but finally inspite of big change, we are all at mercy of the "big money"

    March 24, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Simon Ayim

    Obama I love your Campaign strategy keep running a clean campaign its not going to be easy but i tell you this, THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL KEEP DIRECTING YOUR PATH and HE will lead you to the White house BE STRONG FOR ALL THOSE OF US WHO LOVE AND ADMIRE YOU.
    Peace and many blessings

    Simon Ayim

    March 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. RuthieM

    A much needed transition from the hate mongering ignorant Americans against Obama! Too bad.

    March 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. pat sims

    obama needs to stay in the virgin island.

    March 24, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Obama Richardson

    Wow! You know how to vacation! Better than staying at home in NY and getting a botox treatment like Hillary just did. Enjoy!!!

    March 24, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. California Independent

    Oh come on.... give the guy a break. He's trying to build up his foreign policy resume. Ha!

    Clinton and McCain work while O caves under the pressure and goes on vacation.

    March 24, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Tati

    I can't wait for him to go overseas a la McCain. If the race is a popularity contest, I mean, sorry Johnny Mac but my friends and family in Europe can't wait to see him.

    March 24, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. pat sims


    March 24, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. DeVone

    to all of you Clinton supporters what make sence is who says what,
    you harp on what the Obama supporters says out of their mouths but what is important to me is what Obama himself says out of
    his mouth, the differance is the Clinton supperters say a lot out of
    their mouth and the Clintons agree and as well say much more
    so that says a lot. but more then any words from them you or me
    God is in this this is His plan and the Obamas need a Vacation
    he is away not forgotten God bless

    March 24, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Christopher - Atlanta, GA

    Some of the people that post on here are REALLY hateful. We live in an imperfect world of imperfect people. We would be hypocrites to demand perfection of anyone. You all should be the last to judge this man when none of you would probably come close to his smallest accomplishment. He started with just as much as any of us, so ask yourself what path are you on to be in his position as a candidate for President of the United States of America. You all should be looking at a vision of what this country could be like if we all contributed to the unity and change this this great man speaks about.

    And for all the haters that are wondering why he didn't go to his church for Easter, well it's probably because Fox News Network was staked out in front of his church. I mean seriously... on Easter Sunday you have your news crew out at Trinity? How insensitive. GET A LIFE FOX! Sounds like the Romans looking for a crucifixion to me.

    March 24, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. Ralph


    March 24, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Rita McDonald

    Let's see, Brother wright is in Athens and Obama and his family is in the Virgin Islands, I think a very good time for both of them to be out of the country! I would imagine Obama didn't spend the Easter break with his white grandmother, after comparing her remarks of being afraid at times when meeting black men in the street, to that of his hateful , Pastor, brother Wright.What really got me was the fact that he said he actually cringed with what she said, but noted no cringing with what his hateful pastor said about America, G-D America twice, I believe if my pastor said this in the pulpit, I would do more then just a little cringing.I would have called him down then gathered up my family and walked out never to darken that door again! It seems to be that Reverend Jesse Jackson once made the comment that he crossed the street to keep from meeting a black man and was relieved when it was a white man he was meeting or something of this nature, so how could Obama make such a deal of what his grandmother said when his leaders such as Jackson was also afraid of meeting other black men in the dark? I am tired of race baiting in America but what I am really tired of is the double standard against whites. I wonder why Obama didn't call for the firing of his pastor as he did the firing of Don Imus for his racial comment?

    March 24, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. c

    So he did not go to Sunday service for Easter...who cares?? were talking about a zombie holiday anyways. If he or HRC want to go somewhere out of the country let them. I dont need CNN telling me their every move..."Next HRC is going to the bathroom and BO is heading to Walgreens". NON NEWS ISSUE

    March 24, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. bella

    it must be time for a rest from all your mudslinging.
    Hillary, take a nice deep breath and keep on fighting for us,
    HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    and by the way CNN stop your mudslining with the democratic party, You are making a mockery out of this democratic election!

    March 24, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. CClaudia

    Who cares??
    It's about the economy. Go Hillary.

    March 24, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. dom p

    great time to get away from the pastor, people do not even know this guy but the truth will be soon be out there. I never thought we had that many dumb people in this country. What do they do in these colleges besides take our money.

    March 24, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Obama Supporter

    Hillary needs to drop out of the presidenial race. And Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Lou Dobbs need to leave their stations as well.

    March 24, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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