Obama friend arrested in Hawaii
Mug shot taken of Titcomb by the Honolulu Police Department obtained by CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.
April 7th, 2011
08:38 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama friend arrested in Hawaii

(CNN) - A friend of President Barack Obama was arrested Monday for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover officer posing as a prostitute, according to CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.

Robert Richard Titcomb, 49, was arrested with three other men Monday night and released later that evening after posting $500 bail. He is scheduled to appear at the Honolulu District Court May 2.

The Honolulu Department of Public Safety confirmed Titcomb's arrest to CNN Wednesday. The Honolulu Police Department confirmed an arrest with matching information but would not disclose the name of the individual.

According to Hawaii News Now, Titcomb and the president have been close friends since high school. The two are frequently seen golfing and dining together when the Obama family visits Hawaii.

Most recently the Obama family spent time with the Titcombs on a trip to Hawaii in late December 2010 and early January 2011. White House pool reports at the time noted Titcomb by name on multiple dates during the trip. According to CNN records, President Obama golfed with Titcomb on December 23, December 26, December 28 and January 2. The first family was joined by the Titcomb family on Christmas Day and spent most of December 30 at the Titcomb residence eating, playing volleyball and enjoying time on the beach. The first couple also had dinner with the Titcomb on December 29.

Titcomb had no comment when reached by Hawaii News Now.

- CNN's Gabriella Schwarz, Amanda Watts and Justin Lear contributed to this report

Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. Cheapshot

    mama always said that you can judge a man based on who his friends are. just another close associate with questionable morals.

    April 7, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. keith

    And this matters why? Just cause he knows Obama....geeez. Quit trying to make something political out of some guys sick perverted diisease

    April 7, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Tony

    If FoxNews does, so must we.... Is that your new calling? This isn't news-worthy. Fox puts it up just to continue to barrage of attacks on the President. What's your excuse?

    April 7, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Barnacle Bill

    The oldest profession, and a victimless crime, yet puritanical society that we are, we can't just make it a legitimate business, as in Nevada.


    April 7, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. Sirenda

    So we are going to blame the president because his friend made a bad choice? It is inconceivable that we would hold responsible people for the actions of their friends. If that was the case then there's not a politician in Washington, or anywhere in the world for that matter that should remain in office. Additionally there's not a person left on the planet that should be allowed to run for office to replace the mass exodus that this would cause. I may not be a huge Obama fan, but this is getting a little extreme.

    April 7, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. What-BS-Is-This?

    OK...What the heck does this have to do with ANYTHING? Yellow journalism at its best.

    How many other politicians have "friends" that have been arrested for something? C'mon, get some REAL news to print.

    April 7, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. JohnLock

    Why is this even a news? I have about 800 friends on facebook, but should I be linked to them if they do something wrong..... Hell No!

    April 7, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. up1652

    Morality, or the lack of, isn't partisan.

    April 7, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Bill in VA

    While I am no Obama fan I am not sure why the activities of "friends" needs to get reported.I certainly have no idea what most of my friends are up to all the time.

    April 7, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. reality check

    We all have friends from highschool who don't make good choices, but we still love them all the same. Who here feels it is more than a little unfair to somehow hold the president accountable for this guys actions? I think it really speaks to Obama's integrity when all they can dig up on Obama is that one of his old buddies from highschool solicited a prostitute. It was never that difficult to find something Bush did to tarnish his rep.

    April 7, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Doc4Subs

    It is pathetic that at anytime an article like this makes it into print, but especially now with so much legitimate news happening around the world that you can still find reporter (in this case 3 reporters) so lazy and so uninspired that they spend their time dredging through the arrest reports trying to link arrestees to someone, anyone famous so they don't need to actually get out and work for a living. I have to wonder if you ran these mens names looking for links to anyone in the CNN corporation if you find any connections?

    April 7, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. Mysonshine

    And this is newssssssssss – NOT! CNN PLEASE STOP WITH THE DISTRACTIONS!

    April 7, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. James klimaski

    At least a story like this could not come about for The Donald Trump. He has no friends.

    April 7, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. tewrobert

    This has made my day 🙂 Thank you so very much 🙂 LOL

    April 7, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. teresa from AZ

    so what why does this matter?

    April 7, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Ok So

    And this is important because?

    April 7, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. yaustin

    I am trying to figure out WTF this have to do with Our President?

    April 7, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. Tam

    Has nothing to do with Obama. I had a relative who was a crook. Not my fault.

    April 7, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Citizen

    Why is our president's name in this headline? This man's arrest has nothing to do with our president. This is irresponsible and inflammatory journalism at its best. Please our nation has real problems. While sex trafficking and sexual violence are among them, this man's arrest has nothing to do with our president, and our president's name should not be a part of this story in any way. I am sure that if we dig hard enough, every person in this country can be connected to someone who has engaged in criminal activity. This article is shameful.

    April 7, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. Bill

    How is this news and who cares? I have no love for Obama, but who cares what his cousin's, step-father's, neighbor's, former roommate did?

    April 7, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. yaustin

    If the winds bows to hard its our President's fault. if anything goes wrong its the President's fault.
    Leave that man alone and let him do his job like we let Bush screw up everything and now we blame it on the President Obama.

    April 7, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. MostlyAmused

    And...? As long as the parties involved are adults and no one is being coerced, prostitution should be legal. Of course, the hypocrites on the "right" will be whining and pointing at this as yet another "example" of how bad Obama's choice in friends is. This will be done while covering up yet another scandal among their own.

    April 7, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  23. MostlyAmused

    Oh, to add–the man is a PRIVATE citizen and this really shouldn't be national news, no matter who he was best friends with in HS (which he couldn't have been because The Donald says Obama is not from here).

    April 7, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. LA, LA, LA

    A friend of Obama got busted for soliciting a prostitute, quick Gingrich, that's an impeachable offense.

    April 7, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. moabie

    k. And this affects our country...how?

    April 7, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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