December 27th, 2008
03:46 PM ET
13 years ago

Blackouts across Oahu

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Oahu plunged into total darkness Friday night after a massive power outage hit the island."]


Watch: A blackout leaves everyone, including the Obamas, in the dark Friday night. CNN's Ed Henry reports.

soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. ChicagoSuz

    You would think the papparazzis would light up the whole island.

    Wish they'd stop stalking this family and let them get some R&R... they surely deserve it!

    December 27, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Tylenol 666

    The Only People who have been in a Blackout the past 8 years is us and the world

    CMON JAN 20th!!!

    December 27, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Godluvr

    To Amber, thank you. That is my covering for each day.

    To OWL, what you said was a Hoot!

    A nice breath of fresh air from both of you. God bless.

    December 27, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. arkansas

    Hmmm...I wonder what they ate for breakfast ?

    December 27, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. happy new year

    turn out the lights, the (GOP)party is over.

    December 27, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. RaceCop

    It is racist to mention the word "Blackout" and Obama in the same sentence.

    December 27, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. John

    This is nothing compared to the financial blackout this numbskull will punish America with.

    December 27, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Change

    Good! May be someone will tell him to put a bra on.

    December 27, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. mb

    Clifford, what is a typical minority? Since Obama is bi-racial, do you mean the black half or the white half? And before you write something this stupid again, maybe you should look up the stats and be sure to include the Latinos, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans and those that are bi-racial and multi-racial, black and white and you will really see who is in the minority.

    December 27, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. novi

    It's a sign...

    December 27, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Ann

    If you elected this guy, you'll have tons of 'news' like this one for the next 4 years. American circus... who cares that the Obamas stayed in dark? wow, maybe he got scared...

    December 27, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. jrq

    Aside from the heat and no fans this island vacation time is a home land security problem. Our economy is so fragile that any our new President needs to vacation some where else. Or at least be on a Military base which he is within 3 miles of as of today.
    Bush did this same thing of staying at his home in Texas and avoiding the White House because his wife didn't like Washington. Then September 11th came and he hustled his back side to the White House.

    December 27, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. jrq

    And one more post:

    I just read what others here have posted and can't get over how racist the comments are. Sad and scary.

    December 27, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. Alexis

    So what if he were a Muslim Betty? Wake up and get a clue. The next time somebody anybody Muslim or otherwise wants to attack the good ole US of A it will happen no matter who the President is. I pray that day never comes but I dont believe anybody blamed Bush for 9-11 yet he gets credit for keeping us "safe".

    December 27, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. J-Train

    Oh yeah, and I forgot...Obama is an Al Qaeda operative (also one of my faves). Add this one to my previous list.

    December 27, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. karen p

    Give the man a break. He's not even President yet. Let him have a few moments of privacy before we demand he turn his every waking moment over to us.

    December 27, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. popeye

    Great but what about the Israel/Palestinian issue?

    We now have a lame duck doesn't care for a president and a on vacation newbie! Lovely.

    Meanwhile, innocent children suffer and die.

    We didn't care in Iraq so I guess it just continues.

    December 27, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. Life is Good

    Has anyone else noticed that, since the election, all those who do not support Obama seem to have migrated from Fox News to CNN? I guess they figured they were just 'preaching to the choir' over there, and weren't able to get a rise out of anyone. So, they've moved here and spew their hate with the sole intent of offending others. It's been entertaining.

    Is this a huge news story, not really – was it a 12 hour logistical nightmare for security – probably.

    December 27, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. Candle

    If he wanted the paparazzi to leave him alone, surely there could have been a simpler way.

    December 27, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. katharine

    Wow, people chill. This was was a big deal here and the only news reports are concerned with Obama. 900,000 people were without power, traffic was scarily snarled for hours, the water pumps were down, and the food supply was in danger. Oahu is an island with few options – this was a power failure that could have been solved in minutes in any other state connected to a grid. Where are the mentions of energy independence and alternative technologies? Frankly it's a good thing Obama was here to experience the utter fragility of our energy infrastructure. I'm sure he will be thinking more about energy policy.

    December 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. Proud American

    Hey "D" your a coward to afraid to spell entire name. Truth hurts dosen't it. You could be the poster child for free abortions in this country. Don't blame the rest of the country because your brother and sister is also your first cousin. Jerry Springer show Idiot.

    December 27, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Proud American

    "Richard Rohde" at some point in your life you will have to stop being so stupid. You lost idiot, now get over it. Congradulations on the promotion to supervisor of the french fries at Jack-in-the-box. Your a shinning example for the rest of the country of can happen with hard work and a 4th grade education.

    December 27, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |

    Shouldn't the story be that millions of people were without power vs. one family?

    The Obamas were the least inconvenienced........the luxury resorts and condos have back up generators so they were just fine.

    December 27, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. Tim

    Hey Richard Rohde, I see you commenting a lot with your Rush Limbaugh dribble here on CNN. What is it like to live while being so dumb that you're mentally incapable of coming up with a single thought of your own? Try getting off the computer, I'm sure that your wife/sister (same person) is getting lonely. How does it feel knowing that no matter how much you whine and moan like the impotent child you are, your life is controlled by the vast Democratic majority that controls this country? Republicans are over, get with it guy. By the way, your bib has drool on it.

    December 27, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  25. lou

    Who cares? So the lights went out for a while. It's happened before and will happen again. If NObama wasn't there, it wouldn't even make the news. If you think the lights went out there, wait until he's in the Oval Office and sells America out to his Middle East buddies from childhood.

    December 27, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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