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. Jeff

    All I can think of when I read this is: So? Who cares.

    April 7, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. Jeremy

    And?? Next story please...

    April 7, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. KPATL

    Birds of a feather,....You are judged by who you associate with...

    April 7, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Elle

    Why are men so desparate?!

    April 7, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Shawn

    This is news why? Because he's known the President since they were kids and thus the President still hangs out with him from time to time? Everyone knows someone that's a screw-up

    April 7, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Disbelief

    thanks for this hard hitting important news, national enquirer

    April 7, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. brian jimenez

    YAY ...and this is top news how ? Oh yeah so some more Obama bashers can chime in with their 2 cents on how this somehow falls on Obama . CNN you are a terrible news agency that has nothing better to report on than this pathetic piece of "news " . People buy prostitutes all over the country and all over the world ..and you only report on this because it happens to be someone Obama knows .

    April 7, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Sam

    Sounds like a sting to me.

    April 7, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. TM

    This is so irrelevant. It' s his private life. Is this being reported by CNN only because he is friends with the President? SMH.

    April 7, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |

    It's probably just a case of "mid-life crisis" and is totally beyond our President's control!

    April 7, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. robert

    What a waste of man hours and resources. prostitution should be legalized and taxed. its the oldest profession in the world. who cares. wwhether you get married and have sex or have a girlfriend you pay for it one way or another. get a life people and get over it!

    April 7, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. Thomas

    So a friend of the President gets arrested for something completly separate from either Obama, the Office of the Presidency, or the government, and it is on the political page. Why is this story not on the legal page where the rest of the crime related stories are put?

    Lemme guess, someone is going to try to link Obama to this crime. 🙁

    April 7, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Fed up in Illinois

    I guess Obama will have the police officers over for beer.

    April 7, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. KRS1

    Obviously this makes Obama lose all credibility as our president and leader.

    April 7, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. BD70

    So what? Don't know about you but usually I don't have control over what my friends do.

    April 7, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Name sandra grechika

    so what. this is none of our business. everyone makes mistakes. lets worry about the important things going on in the world and not this guys personal life. this in no way should reflect on the obamas. we all have friends that screw up. lets stop focusing on nonsense.

    April 7, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. rmr

    my goodness, the Presidents friend!

    April 7, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Russ

    So why is this news? Was Obama directly involved? If not this is just one of hundreds of guys that get busted every day trying to help women earn a living. Let's find some real news stories to put on here. CNN is rapidly becoming a reality site instead of a news site.

    April 7, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Christian Miner, Ph.D.

    P.S. Ok, I belatedly see that Gabriella Schwarz, Amanda Watts and Justin Lear are implicated by name in this lamentable smear. What slime!

    Shame on you all! We'll do our best to track all of YOUR friends, relatives and associates. The very first time any of them (think about it; there must be hundreds!) run afoul of the delicate sensibilities of your readers, we'll blast it all over the media world, with prominent mention of your name. I think you three, at least, should immediately begin considering careers in the tabloids of Fleet Street. No worries, though. The weather in London isn't great but the pay may well be better.

    You've got to get that that article with your names on it is complete scum.

    April 7, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Clinton Jiggetts

    Lets see the people blame guilt by association.

    April 7, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Nichole

    This is news? My sister (who is a huge loser) was arrested for theft and assault. What does that have to do with me? And what does this have to do with Obama? I think you may be taking this guilt by association theory, a tad too far. Report some real news.

    April 7, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. John

    Depressing. How many other people without ties to Obama were caught last night by police stings?

    April 7, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Blink70

    Shouldn't we worry about who our president claims as his friends? Cass Sunstien, Van Jones, George Soros? Makes me wonder.

    April 7, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Dana Bash

    What does this man's prostitution solicitation have to do with President Obama? Not a damn thing!

    April 7, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Helydr

    What a stupid story. I don't even like Obama and this annoys me.

    President Obama wasn't involved at all and yet the media still have to include his name in the headline "Obama Friend Arrested"! Shameless pandering (pun intended) CNN.

    April 7, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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