Barack Obama is spending the holidays back in Hawaii - but the nation's financial woes mean a working vacation for the president-elect.
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Debby- You idiot. Obama is not president yet so what's the big deal about him taking vacations. This is the holidays...why shouldn't he go back to his home state for some relaxation. He has been on the campaign trail for 2 years and he deserves this time off with his family and to attend the memorial service for his grandmother. How many times have Bush been on vacation in the last 8 years since you are so good at keeping up the presidential vacations. You really sound like a fool.
It's great that you can take a breather after the long process of forming your outstanding team. This will be a tremendous task ahead to move this Country in the right direction. You have surrounded yourself with a team that is fair, responsible, honest, and loves and respects the Constitution. We have faith in you and know that you will do everything in you power to make the U.S.A strong at home and respected around the world. GOD BLESS YOU BARACK AND FAMILY AND HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON
Some of you republicans- Oh, I'm sorry. I mean some of you Conservatives and Independents (since that seems to be the latest fad amongst your party to seem like logical, independent thinkers) need to get a grip.
Fitzgerald has shown himself to be completely nonpartisan when it comes to following the law and letting the chips fall where they may. If there is wrong doing present, I expect him to ferret it out. Otherwise, I just hear a lot of sour grapes and impotent finger pointing and hand wringing.
The bottom line is Obama and his STAFF told Blago to take a hike when it came to greasing his or his wife's pockets.
He and his wife are on tape screaming f- him and his staff. He called Obama a MFer.
You people are so blinded with dogma or racism (at times the two are extremely hard to differentiate) that it is clear you will take all of the benefit and reap the rewards of his administration but spit everytime you say his name. Pathetic. You are not a true American.
"Independant Vet" – Are you serious? Are you really a veteran?(INDEPENDENT VET). What's up with the spelling/grammar? Go back to school (the 1st grade would be sufficient for the words you mispelled) IDIOT!
He is only the President elect right now.
He is not the President yet.
Bush is still the lame duck President.
Obama can go on vacation from now until Jan 20th if he likes.
Get a life all of you haters.
Hey Debby, that "vacation" you mentioned he took during the primaries - it wasn't a vacation dear he visited his dieing grandmother.
Talk about self rightous and insensitive.
John: you are so wrong - but it probably doesn't do any good to tell you - because you wouldn't know the truth if you saw it standing right in front of you!
@ Eric – Pittsburgh
President elect Obama is not in "some Far off land" he is still in the United States. The air travel he utilized is the only available means of flying there and he is entitled to a well deserved break to spend some quality time with his family. Please people, give the man a break.
I HEARD HE WAS ALSO GOING TO HIS HOMELAND IN KENYA TO VISIT HIS FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe Obama has to go here because he does not own the TEXAS RANCH! He did not ask to be born in Hawaii...regardless of what his birth certificate says!
btw...if you are bashing his given middle name, learn how to spell it right!! It sounds really unintelligent when you can't even spell it correctly!
John December 22nd, 2008 1:28 pm ET
For some reason John, I get the feeling you have it in your head somehow that some people in america are not important...like gays or people who believe in abortion (I'm sure that's just the start of your list of people who aren't important...by the time you are done, we'll be up to: Athletes, Auto Workers, Union Members, Muslims, Women, Blind, Deaf or Crippled, People over 70 and of course, any one who play's music (because they might become 'rock stars').
That's scary that you have disenfranchised what...hmm, about half the population of america. How noble and american you do seem to be.
Just who the heck are you trying to say is important in this country? Just selfish little you right? Nobody else matters while you are alive? Get the hell out and onto your own island where you can be the man of the day every day you moron!
Oh yea, BTW: I didn't even vote for Obama. But your post, is simply ignorant, and at the same time, say's a whole lot about how narrow minded and selfish you are. You don't deserve to vote!
HEY! MR PRESIDENT ELECT--WHY DON'T YOU GIVE TIGER WOODS A CALL FOR SOME TIPS ON YOUR GOLF GAME. COME ON MAN! YOU NEED A LESSON FROM TIGER ALSO ON YOUR DRESS CLOTHING FOR GOLF.
he can not be a cood golfer,he's playing cavity backs with allthat built in forgiveness.thats probley all the forgiveness he is going to get for the next 4 years.
Tom, when you go on vacation, do you buy the whole hotel for millions that it's worth or do you rent a room for your stay??? The Obama family rented the house for 10 days, nothing said about they bought the whole the danm house!!! SO SHUT UP PLEEZZZ!
Do you think that Barack can play golf? This is just a photo-op.Get a life.
Pam and Once – it seems like you both are on the same page. We are about to be in the international spot light again. We are about to be seen as the leading free country of the world again. We are about to clean our country's name of the taint it has acquired over the last 8 years. Yes, his name is Hussein and in its native tougue means bless of God. Does anyone have a issue with being bless of God – I THOUGHT NOT
All the BEST to our PEOTUS & his family!! Enjoy your well-earned vacation...you deserve it!!
All you people hating on PE Obama should stop and consider for a moment that this man chosen to be President is the President for all. You might consider giving him a little bit of a chance. You see, in your efforts to knock him down or to see him fail we, the country, will rise with him or fail with him. He is our leader "elect" now.
Obama DESERVES a vacation after a grueling 2-year election process.
Vacations are NOT A LUXURY, they are a necessity for anyone in a demanding job.