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. BL-NYC

    Is Obama not a Senator? Has he not already neglected most of work?
    Clinton is working?
    Who is paying for the security detail? Me...

    March 24, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Jake, California

    The funny thing is while he's resting himself, you Obama hating LOSERS are on here having no life but spending countless hours blogging on CNN. Hillary can't do the same b/c she's busying searching for bad Obama pictures on the internet to come up with or some sort of weird Videos!

    Hillary supportors can't do math or project into the feature.
    Their strong holds
    1. Hate anyting having to do with Obama
    2. Play the Rev. Wright video over and over and pist off and come blog on CNN
    3. Get pist off when Monica's blue dressed is mentioned

    Ask them what the delegate count is or what are the upcoming primaries/caucuses, or what are the polls in the remaining state, they wont know!

    March 24, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. BodyMoreKid

    Senator Clinton and Monica's boyfriend both look tired and should take some rest. After all, they have to make it through October and the first part of November.

    March 24, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. Francine Berkowitz

    I understand it was the Republican controlled Legislature in Florida that decided on the date selected for the primary, if that is true(and I would love to hear more on this) then the Republican party sabotaged the democratic primary, not the DNC. Who set the date in Michigan? Don't you think this changes what is going on?

    March 24, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. Marc

    "Oh look! It's Navin R. Johnson!"

    March 24, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. jody

    Good for you Obama! I hope you can enjoy some nice down time and a nice spring break with your family! Hopefully the media will leave you alone for a week.

    March 24, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. JO

    You Obama supporters should get your heads out of the sand. I've done nothing but laugh at all your flowery praise of him. He is nothing but a big phony .... when are you going to wake up to that?

    March 24, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. mitt

    Bring back a lid for me please !!

    March 24, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. Borr-hee

    I am sorry I forgot to add McCain in there to.

    March 24, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. Hillary's shrillness is matched only by that of her supporters

    Helen, you're too slow. The Virgin Islands already had their primary. Obama won it 90%-8%. The governor is a super delegate and Puerto Rico is right next door. Their primary is sometime in June, I think.

    March 24, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. Kentucky

    Obama seems to be doing a good job teaching his supporters to hate. It doesn't matter if Obama wins the primary, he will be out this fall. I use to like him but the media has turned me against him plus the hate and lies that his supporters are spewing.against Hillary. I know some of you think you have found your God, I'm afraid you are worshiping a false God in Obama. . I still have faith that Americans will see the light . One thing about it if Obama gets the nomination he sure can't say he won it fairly. Ask people in Fl. and Mich. Obama is scared of them now–Wait until November.

    March 24, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. Ada Avant

    My admiration and support for the Clintons has been thoroughly
    tested. I did know there was so much negative dirty thoughts in their
    hearts. I say, Go Obama and may the grace of God be with you.

    March 24, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. news for you

    Hillary is actually ahead.
    It is not her fault that the votes in Florida and Michigan are not being counted.

    Lets see if Obama would be ahead and hold a RE-VOTE.

    Of course no candidate can catch up if the votes in their favor are tossed out and not counted.

    Lets not count a few million of Obama's votes and see how far behind he would be.

    March 24, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Jay Graham, Dallas, TX

    Who cares whether Barak goes to Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico? Its a useless news to keep Barak on the front pages so that people should not forget.

    March 24, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. charlie

    when obama takes a vacation all you liberals say it is much needed and great for him and his family........when bush takes a vacation he is read the riot act.......typical

    March 24, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    I cannot believe you haters and idiots!! US Virgin Island is a part of the US...thus the name US Virgin Isands!!!! What person in his or right mind would not think that it is fair that Barack takes a mini vacation to rest and recoup after last week's ups, downs and ups again? For the record....Hillary took her 3 days....Fri thru Sunday!!! Please give the man a break...he is a husband and a father to small children and they deserve some of his time!!!

    March 24, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. ed

    The world needs Obama.

    March 24, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Lawboychris

    It is hard work warding off the personal attacks from a "candidate" who has virtually no chance of winning the nomination, but continues to prolong the contest out of vidictiveness and a sense of entitlement, to the detriment of the people for whom she claims to working. Give the guy a break and let him relax for a couple days. I am going to donate another 100 bucks to pick up his mojito bill.

    OBAMA 2008

    March 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Texas Independent Voter

    A well deserved rest. This is a picture of a confident leader.

    I get the feeling that as President, Obama won't be paranoid and up at 3:00 am in the morning. He will be confidently sleeping like the rest of America and the free world. Enough said...

    March 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. John Smith

    Nice to see that Obama is a true faithful and family-man. We need mor emen like this guy in this nation. Any one with a family can understand that Obama is "not" selfish. He has obligations to his "little children" who certainly deserve better. You can spin all that you can; Bill and Hillary have an adult in the same home filled with adultary, lies, and scandals!!! How do you really feel about these Clintons being back in the White (tanished) House?

    March 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Ardnuas

    The people sending these hateful and angry e-mails.....Do you understand YOU are destroying the democratic party, and John McCain is going to win in November? Ask yourself WHY are you so angry? This has NOTHING to do with Barack or Hillary, it's YOU!!!!

    March 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. Lakes Living

    Love it! Would have never imagine that most posts here going back and forth are from Democrats going against Democrafts. Now we know the kind of attacks Democraft have been launching against Republicans going back to Watergate. Makes me feel like singing:


    March 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |

    The democrats in Florida and Michigan will not vote in the general election if their votes are not counted!

    A revolt is in the works in both states. No democratic vote should be denied and it is up to the people of these states as to a revote and not Barry Obama.

    If he is the democratic nominee, then he has won that title as a cheat!

    All votes should be counted! You will be sorry Obama when the democrats from these states do not turn out to vote in November.

    Obama, YOU will lose the Presidency and lose our chance as democrats.

    March 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Shannon McMurphy

    Right. Like Obama meets "unofficially" with anyone.

    Wake up people. This guy is playing you like a cheap trip to Vegas.

    March 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. Gregory

    You Clinton supporters are a trip. How did he pay for it? You can't be serious. US Senators earn a six figure salary. He has a wife that makes a six figure salary. I know that Clinton appeals to the less educated but most should be able to figure that out without resorting to "did he spend my $25 contribution on his trip to the US Virgin islands." Get a life.

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