December 27th, 2009
08:45 AM ET
8 years ago

Retracing the footsteps of young Obama

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - Jack Christensen often walks away from the Baskin-Robbins with fewer followers than he had when he got there.

"We lose some people in there," Christensen told us with a smile. "They go in and start having ice cream instead of going on to the other stops."

To walk with Christensen is to retrace the steps of young Barry Obama, from the ice cream parlor where he worked in his youth to the nearby basketball courts where he developed his passion for the game.

"And they're important because they really show the environment - that he had a great advantage over other inner-city kids where there's lots of graffiti and litter, and other problems," Christensen said of the courts. "And we have this wide open space in the sunshine and you realize he could play basketball almost any day of the year there."

At the moment, Christensen gives his walking Obama tour just one day a month. But he is switching to three days a month in the new year because of its popularity, which could grow even more now that the president is in Hawaii for Christmas break.

"Everybody gets really excited," Christensen said. "You know, 'local boy makes good' and the media plays it up and all that stuff. So it's a big event when he comes to town."

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. CNN in the censoring buisness..shameful! He LIVES so ALL man can know peace and love!

    When visiting Hawaii..I sure hope it is to see the blessed land , mountins, waterways that the Good Lord gave freely to all....

    I think this vd is an example how people are making themselves God's.... who cares he worked for the ice cream stand....does this mean my children who had a lemonade stand will not be the greatest of the great? Obama is right where God wants him right now...too puffed and God can surely remove any hinderance.. it's not his path the world should be following...its the Saviors path that will save you in the end....coming soon!

    December 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Ann


    December 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Albo58

    OMG, I just threw up in my mouth!

    December 26, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Silence Dogoode

    Why is it that we are comparing Hawaii with the innercity? Racism is showing....

    December 26, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    It sure beats retracing the steps of the cactus cowboy, who was born with a silver spoon for a brain. What a joke that little weasel from Crawford was.

    December 26, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    It is good that Obama gets to spend some time where he grew up. Of course, I hope he doesn't spend 1000 days of his two terms on vacation, like the former president.

    December 26, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Uh, who cares?

    December 26, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. John

    What I would really like to see is a side by side comparison tracing the footsteps of our current president with the "silver spoon" footsteps of the last resident of the White House.

    December 26, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Perusing-Through


    Now I need to turn on my GOP screener to filter out anything in the story that is Republican slanted or twisted.

    December 26, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Joe Fattal

    I know Barrack Hussein Obama, but who's Barry Obama?.

    December 26, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. mark

    this article talks about the obvious advantages Obama had over other inner-city kids, but all you Liberals on here are only talking about the "silver spoon" Bush had in his mouth. Can you read?

    December 26, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Obama Mama

    Beautiful story.....

    December 26, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Fed up Monority

    The haters make me laugh.

    December 26, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Who cares.....

    next you'll be showing us DNA from his diapers....

    December 26, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Many of us go home for Xmas and I'm happy the Obamas' did the same. Vacationing in Hawaii is a great place and the hospitality is like none other.

    December 26, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Debby

    OMG enough about Obama already CNN. I am so sick of this President and its only been a year. If this guy actually accomplished something then it would be an interesting read.

    December 26, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |