August 12th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama unwinds on Hawaiian holiday

Obama took a break from his week-long vacation to weigh in on the Georgian crisis.

Obama took a break from his week-long vacation to weigh in on the Georgian crisis.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) - How do you spend your time in a state famous for its sunny tropical skies? You spend your afternoon in a movie theater.

Sen. Barack Obama did just that Monday afternoon, taking in a matinee of the latest Batman sequel, 'The Dark Knight' - and giving him an opportunity to assess the acting ability of campaign supporter and Democratic Senate colleague Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who makes a cameo appearance in the blockbuster film.

Watch: Obama arrives in Hawaii for weeklong vacation

Post-movie, Obama went for a 4-star meal for the second time this week: Monday night it was 'Mariposa' at the Honolulu Neiman Marcus. The restaurant's Web site promises exceptional Hawa'in cuisine served on an open air lanai, situated to catch the island's legendary sunsets.

Activities for the Hawai'ian-born presumptive Democratic nominee so far have included a jog along the beach, a round of golf, and a carbeque along the North Shore, which is known for its killer surfing. Obama has also made several visits to his grandmother, who has lived in Honolulu for 50 years and who he affectionately calls his 'Tùtù.'

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soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Reality check #1

    I thought we were going to get a holiday from all this nothing to do about nothing Obama news. I guess the media is having Obama withdrawals and has to have an Obama fix. No holiday for us.

    August 12, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Paul from Texas

    I do not see the problem with Obama being on vaction. It has seemed that Bush has been on vaction almost steady for his entire 8 years.

    August 12, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. Tony Z-MD

    The man takes a vacation and get criticized. It's amazing how folks hide behind their screen name and post incorrect facts. All I can say is McCain 2000 would be ashamed of McCain 2008.

    August 12, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. BlameBarack

    Russia is behaving the same way America did against Iraq. John McCain is a hyprocrit because he thought it was ok to invade Iraq because of America's interest but is now saying Russia is not allowed to do the same for what they believe is in their best interest. That is why Russia hates America-because America has a 'Do as I say, Not as I do' policy. Pathetic.

    August 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Lisa, NY

    The media is not stupid. They know where their bread and butter is, and right now he's in Hawaii. If they thought John McCain would create more money for their ads, and enable them to produce more news shows, they would be WITH John McCain.

    Wake up, his supporters don't care what movie he went to see. This is all driven by CNN for revenue.

    Obama 08

    August 12, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Sue

    Can ya just leave the man alone for a little while?
    He deserves to go see his family and not be hounded by reporters, give it a break, OK?

    Ohhhh, I remember now. McWar is too boring to follow around, his schedule includes many MANY naps in between his constant gaffes that his staff try their best to prevent...


    Obama= Fresh young guy with a brain who isn't afraid to use it.
    OBAMA '08-'12

    August 12, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Michigan 500

    Could CNN please investigate how McCain who is supported and advised by the same people who supported Bush is going to be any less disastrous than Bush's administration? Even McCain says we are worse off now than we were four years ago and he's got the same cast of charachters working for him? Helllooooo!

    August 12, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Anna, Laguna Beach, CA

    Hawaii is his home. Why wouldn't he go to the movies, he's not a tourist. I live 10 minutes from the beach and I NEVER go, especially on sunny days, are you kidding. You wouldn't be able to park.

    Obama 08

    August 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Susan

    Why is this necessary? Just let the guy take a break! Or CNN put in a full description of whatMcCain foes when he takes every weekend off.

    August 12, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Tracey, NM

    Leave him alone, he's on vacation. Jeesh.

    Obama 08

    August 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |


    August 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Michele, Oregon

    You know, the more I see of some of the articles on these tickers, I am wondering about the subtle underhandedness against Obama the candidate. It APPEARS the exact opposite to those who don't like the Senator, but EVEN after the ticker that states that we have "seen too much of Obama", you continue to offer the unsubstantive stuff.

    Keep feeding into the negativity CNN. You are more culpable than FOX who is overtly who they are. CNN, the more Clintonite-ish News Network. Go for some real, investigative questions and get over the ridiculous talking points of what ads are working, etc.. Go for the real stuff. Get back to your roots!!!! And while you're at it, let Obama have a vacation. In truth, he has made more money for news stations than anyone in recent history because he IS just so remarkable.

    August 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Jane, FL

    Can someone investigate why Penn and Wolfson are speaking against Obama at this time. I thought they were Democrats, or are they paid thugs?

    Obama 08

    August 12, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Tony

    Something else younger than McCain. GOD!

    Is he ready to lead or be put in a home?

    August 12, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. bert

    Obama is right, we need to solve the energy crisis, fix this economy, stop the war in Iraq and regain the respect we lost abroad. We do not need to be distacted in Iraq because when real stuff happens, like this Russia and Georgia thing, we don't have as loud a voice as we're accustomed to having. Our government needs to work on these things so that our currency will right itself in contrast to other monies in the world. Message to Obama: Win this election and start fixing this mess!

    August 12, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. The Bush Twins : George and John

    The media just won't leave the man alone for five minutes. And then a bunch of ppl posting here are going to blame Sen. Obama because of the attention he gets. Of course McBush is just too boring for anyone to go follow him around, I mean how much news can you make out of some old geezer taking his daily dose of Geritol ?

    August 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Otis

    And then Obama retired to his residence, complete with air conditioning and wrap around lanai and he was sitting there pondering a deep thought. Perhaps it was a thought about what he should be doing tomorrow or comments he would write to CNN thanking them for reporting all the mundane events that he's been up to while he's been in Hawaii.

    I think I can write for CNN, no?

    August 12, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Marilyn

    Who cares?????? CNN, you have gotten as bad as the National Enquirer!

    August 12, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. karen

    Isnt it refreshing to see Barack and his family enjoying a vacation without the media in his face. Thank God we have a candidate of his stature and intelligence.

    August 12, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. DR. YES

    leave him alone on his vacation,cnn!we dont follow jack around when he goes on a trip.

    August 12, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. DR. YES

    what you people call arrogance,i call optimism.

    August 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. matt

    Looks like his kids piano lessons are going to have to take a back seat to fine dining and golf. To bad i hear they had so much promise. Did he clear his spending with Michele? I know their budget is tight so I hope so. Is there any wonder this ego maniac liars eyes are brown?

    August 12, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. druid

    I have follow this election closely . When Hillary was on the lead You make her campaign picture nice and bright while Obama looks rusty. Also Obama was always in the second conversation. I was looking at up coming clip about Obama and McCain CNN you show McCain looking up while looking down and sad. I'm sure you have better pictures than that. Until Obama showed CNN how tough he can get and people start complaining about your you change the coverage. I looking at CNN and listening to your news coverage all I see is they are soft on McCain and never bring any of his mistakes out. You concentrate so much on Obama even you know the type stitches he has on his shirt. Why can't you leave him alone to enjoy with his family. CNN are afraid to say anything about McCain because he was a veteran and prisoner of war? Instead of talking about where Obama eat why not talk about how elite McCain and his family is. You can you self most trusted news I don't I doubt that. I know you may not post my comment but I have to write about your bias.

    August 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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