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. Eileen Patterson

    It must be Obama's fault that there was a storm in any part of the USA. And that his own place was not prepared to handle it?? My, my, sounds like he is just another "W" waiting to be sworn in...

    December 27, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Marie

    who cares, why is everything that happens to this man news. Look at the tragic headlines right now from Gaza, and this is what we focus on, the Obamas without power, what a tragedy!

    December 27, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. Andrew

    Holy crap people. It's just a simple article about a blackout in Oahu and everybody else wants it to be a bad omen or it turns into some rediculous and immature political talk. Get a life people.

    December 27, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. John

    Some of the comments on this page make me happy to know that I take a yearly vacation to Europe. Mainly to get away from idiots in this country.

    December 27, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. obamatothewhitehouse

    Envious weak losers. Its ok. Obama is for all people – even you.
    Thats just the kind of president you are getting, even though you dont deserve him. Just chill and wait on your prosperity and stimulus check, its coming

    December 27, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. JGBNY

    I am definitely a believer that this is a sign.

    Just wait America!!!!!

    This is a sign of what's to come for the US!!!!!

    December 27, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. Bald Ex-Soldier

    No big story,

    we have all been in the dark for the last 8 years under Bush/Cheney..

    Jan 21st is still too far away....

    December 27, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. voter

    who cares? leave Obama alone.

    December 27, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. abandon CNN, go to democracynow!

    CNN hides inconvenient real stories under gissips.

    what a bunch of traitors against humanity.

    December 27, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. Aaron from Ohio

    I love seeing the Obama haters here on CNN. It means they aren't watching Fox and pushing up their ratings. God didn't knock the power out because Obama was in Hawaii anymore than he sent hurricane Ike to trash Texas because Bush lives there. Weather happens. Storms knock out the electricity and hurricanes blow houses away. If the sun comes upt and Hawaii has a beautiful day it doesn't mean God is showing his approval of Obama, it means the earth is still turning. That's all it means. We didn't vote for Obama because we think he's the Messiah or because we think he can walk on water. We voted for him because we thought he was better than the republican candidate. It really was THAT simple. All of this crazy talk about Obama being "The Chosen One" doesn't come from the democrats, fed up republicans, independents and moderates who voted for him, it comes from the fringe element of the right wing that had their cozy little image of a white America that existed only in their heads. America consists of all people from all states. All races, all religions and all sexual orientations. That is the real America.

    December 27, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Its a Bush trick

    there is a conspiracy behind this

    Some how it is connected to JFK, the Burmuda triangle and mathmatical derivation for pie

    Jail Rove, Cheney, Bush and Rumsfeld

    December 27, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. Helen, VT

    Barack has to learn reality in life. He should be familiar about blackoutrs in Africa especially Kenya and other neighboring countries. It is a good experience because Barack has no experience whatsoever and he is depending on the tem of advisors for everyhting.

    December 27, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. Proud American

    Richard Rohde I read your book in the library of congress and I must tell you I cried. Your the reason people die to come to this country, what you have accomplished in your life is nothing short of a amazing. Republican idiot, 4th grade graduate, (married to your sister) and supervisor of french fries at Jack-in-the-box. Your a shinning example for everyone in the world that you can be anything you want in this country. God Bless America

    December 27, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. adamandrew

    Too bad the lights didn't go out when Cheney was hunting. We might have had grounds to impeach him.

    December 27, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. Lauren

    Gee, I wonder if CNN and Obama are really going to care when hard working people can not afford to pay thier electric bill.

    Obama and his family are fine I am sure, he has enough light radiating from his Halo.

    December 27, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. Dot

    Helen in VT

    Just in case you didn't know it...Obama was born in Hawaii not Africa.
    Perhaps you need to join Palin and Rudy and just see what "a communtiy organizer " can do. For someone with no experience and had not accomplish " nada", Obama out fundraised, kept his focus and accomplished the mission.
    So, you can either join in and help get this country out of this mess or move.

    December 27, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. Proud American

    Helen, VT your a complete idiot with nothing to contribute. Take a pill and go to bed, and not with your brother.. Idiot.

    December 27, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. Proud American

    Lauren, are you still upset because that black guy dumped you for your obese mom? Get over it honey and move on..

    December 27, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Kim J

    Thankfully they were able to get emergency generators to the Obama palace showing they are just regular folks like the rest of us.

    December 27, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. FreeNLovIt

    W was the 'Chosen One' to create the biggest mess in our history. Obama will now be the one to clean it up. Our government will be more effective and more efficient. The next stage is for the world to become a transparent government. Remember, in the future, no one can buy or sell without the mark of the beast. This calls for ultimate transparency within all world governments. Governments will become more and more effective and efficient in identifying US.

    December 27, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  21. Perilous

    You people scare the hell out of me. Look at how the majority of you are acting. It's no wonder we are ridiculed across the globe by almost every other country on the planet. I dont want to be one of you, and I dont want to have to live in a country full of people like you. What awful, ignorant, hateful, horrible people. How can any of you stand to be that way? How can you not know what you are?

    Also, CNN? Articles like these – what are you thinking? There are other people in Oahu besides the Obama family, who would probably point out the same thing. What's the matter with you? Have you heard there's some kind of ruckus in Gaza at the moment? Did you realize that we still have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan who are dying? Do you realize that Mr. Obama has not yet been sworn into office? Do you have any idea how deeply troubled our failing educational system is?

    Do you understand that there are far more important things to be covering than the Obamas hanging out on a well-earned vacation in a place is almost certain to be provided with emergency power sources, even if it's just because of who he is? The Obama vacation is not something you need to be concerned with right now. Snap out of this Britney Spears paparazzi mentality.

    Everyone in this country seriously needs to snap out of it and open their eyes to what's going on in the real world. I'm an avid support of Barack Obama and I voted for him, but I'm not talking to everyone who doesnt adhere to my point of view. I'm talking to every single one of us, myself included. Enough is enough already. We are in dire trouble, and this is NOT how we're going to get out of it.

    Unbelievable. Really just unbelievable. This is why I'm ashamed of my own country.

    December 27, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. Mike

    Pretty ironic, as Obama kept America in the dark during all of the campaigns. Wait for Obama's great American economic blackout, opening January 2009.

    December 27, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. IKE

    How important, over 200 peoople die in one day and CNN is worrying about the Obamas being without power for 20 minutes.

    December 27, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. Rick

    Evil Newsroom Overlord: Are you kidding me? It's the day after Boxing Day, there's not a thing moving in Washington. Give me something – anything – I don't care what – we've got time to fill here...

    Ed Henry: Um... ah... well... the power went out in Hawaii...

    December 27, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. Dave

    To all you idiots that still spout Obama is a Muslim....Did you notice he ate ham(pork) for Christmas? If he WAS a Muslim, that act would send him to hell. Now, get over it and get a life!!!!

    December 27, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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