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Obama Plans a Hawaiian Break

By Peter Slevin
CHICAGO -- Sen. Barack Obama, preparing for the Democratic National Convention and the long march to November, plans to spend about a week in Hawaii in mid-August, mostly on vacation.

Obama spent a large chunk of his childhood and adolescence in Hawaii, graduating from Punahou School. His maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, still lives there, and the Obama family often took winter vacations to Hawaii before he became a candidate.

Of course, given that he is a candidate, Obama does expect to hold at least one Hawaiian fundraiser.

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Posted by: nerAKAMI | July 31, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

How many of you go outo f town for vacation and then take a day off of work to get refreshed before heading back to the grind?

If family is important, you have to make time for them. We are being to detailed here...what does his taking time to visit his family mean for us in the election. Not much. So leave it alone. I am embarassed because of the level of conversation and interest proves that you are all intelligent people however your comments themselves are borderline crazy. A week off = disdain for our country, spending tax payers dollars? Obama's campaign did not accept tax payers dollars so that is not even part of the discussion. Can you imagine if your boss was that way, you just got back from travelling for work and wanted to spend time with your family and he or she said NO. That is why I respect him and his family. He knows what is important to him and his children, his wife, his mother, his brothers and sisters are important to him so he makes time for them. How many of us wives or girlfriends wish our "busy" husbands or boyfriends would do the same. And why in the world are you guys arguing about this???

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Posted by: Ben Dover | July 30, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: 3kpea892ds | July 29, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I can tell you what I think is going to happen and how this race will unfold.

McCain will spend most of the summer saying that Obama does not have the experience to be President, he will repeat this very often.

And then comes the debate, and Obama sucker punches him, and the American people will see the contrast.

I predict that Obama will win 397 Electoral Votes.

Posted by: RUN BABY RUN | July 29, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Charles Krauthammer congratulates BHO on winning the Iraq primary.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/24/AR2008072403416.html

Posted by: mplark | July 29, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

why do you say "Obama spent a large chunk of his childhood and adolescence in Hawaii,"

It's more than a "large chunk." It's all but four years....

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Posted by: JakeD | July 29, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

The idea that Obama's trip abroad was a "vacation" is ridiculous. He was working hard the whole time, and doing a fine job. The only other break he's taken since the start of the primary season was four days in the Virgin Islands after Super Tuesday. Other than that, he's a day in Chicago from time to time, but not much more.

I think it is smart to take some time cool off, spend time with his family in Hawaii, and let the press focus on the Olympic games as he prepares for the convention and the big push for the White House.

Go Obama - despite all the negativity thrown your way, you are moving forward. It is time to bring the country together in a positive way and you are the man to do it.

Posted by: Chuck | July 29, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Link (1.) in preceding comments, site has moved, url has changed.

Here's the correct link:

FREEDOM'S ENEMIES: OBAMA'S LIES

Posted by: Another Correction (Site's Moved) | July 29, 2008 4:27 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, html didn't output correctly.

Here are two links as to Lies by Obama:

(1.)
FREEDOM'S ENEMIES: OBAMA'S LIES

and,

(2.) 50 Documented Lies by Obama (and growing)

Posted by: Correcting Links | July 29, 2008 4:24 AM | Report abuse

And Obama's father (as declared) wasn't "a goat herder". Inform yourself, read the truth about various Lies by Obama...http://www.freedomsenemies.com/_Obama/ObamaLies.htm...and...
http://obamawtf.blogspot.com/2008/05/documented-lie-50-obama-claimed-he-had.html...that last link has "50 Documented Lies by Obama."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:21 AM | Report abuse

Wait, didn't Obama just have a week off playing basketball and going to the gym three times a day in Chicago? Now he needs another vacation, just one/two weeks later? Boy, taking vacations is sure exhausting. Hard work, all those three-gym-trips-daily gruelling schedules.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:18 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: imagination | July 29, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

What's with this Jake dude? First he is critical of everyone on here and now he's all apologetic???

Posted by: MedMan | July 28, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

You're right Sue... I don't know what I was thinking.

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

My apologies to everyone on this blog who I may have insulted, I sometimes go off the deep side with my remarks.

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

"To be far, CINDY McCain owns SEVEN homes (her husband is not on the title to any of them)."

I am just guessing that he still gets to live in those 7 homes, that he gets to travel on her plane, that he gets to share in all that bounty. Does it really matter that it is not in his name? He enjoys it all as if it were in his name, correct?

Posted by: Sue | July 28, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Clearly you people need to get a grip! Obama's ailing grandmother lives in Hawaii. They didn't get to see her at Christmas when they usually go because they were campaigning in Iowa. Let him see his grammy, for crying out loud!

McCain has been taking most weekends off since he became the presumptive nominee and even hosted a barbecue for the press. If Obama wants to spend some quality time with his family before the craziness of the general election, it is his right. PLUS IT"S NOT ON THE TAXPAYER'S DIME.

Posted by: Nancy | July 28, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

"He just got off a weeks long vacation!

Posted by: Not a pawn to ObamaCon!

Your perception is imperceptible.

Posted by: Ronnn | July 28, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Beth in VA:

To be far, CINDY McCain owns SEVEN homes (her husband is not on the title to any of them). She is worth somewhere between an estimated net worth of $100-250 million (again, her separate property), including at least $1 million worth of shares of Anheuser-Busch stock which is in flux at the moment. With her children, she owns a minority stake in the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team. She is not a "freaking billionaire!" Of course, I'm not claiming he is "poor" or "underprivileged" either ; )

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

He just got off a weeks long vacation!

Posted by: Not a pawn to ObamaCon! | July 28, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love the "Obama's a person of privilege" comment! LOL!

Yeah, if that's how you choose your candidate, then explain how McCain owns SEVEN homes! Seven! So many they forget to pay taxes on them--gotta love it. McCain's married to a freaking billionaire! Poor underprivileged McCain :-(

Posted by: Beth in VA | July 28, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness. His staff is excellent but my one criticism is that they don't seem to build in enough downtime to protect their guy. They should not wait for him to ask as I doubt he will. This is a generic consideration not related to the specific party or candidate. Staffs should "manage up" to force their candidate to take some time off or he (or she) will burn out.

Also, we are all well aware the senator's grandmother is too frail to leave Hawaii, though following the race avidly on TV, and that the family (as noted here) used to regularly visit there before the campaign craziness. Good to know that some family time is part of this plan.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | July 28, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama takes vacation in Hawaii for R&R, to visit his grandmother and friends and the Obama-haters are out in force.

McCain takes vacations at his "CABIN" and you Obama-haters are clueless. What "cabin" can entertain 75 people as did McCain's BBQ last week? Or how about the ranch that John and Cindy as well as the 5 other residences that the McCains own? I wonder which vacation home they will use.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 28, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh, nameless one, Obama "is a person of privilege...and never worked a day in his life."?

You obviously have no clue as to the amount of work it takes to get thru Harvard and graduate magna cum laude. I used to work 12 hours a day seven days a week to get decent grades at MIT. If you want the no work option, you wind up at the bottom of the class like McCain, who probably only graduated due to family pull.

He also worked at a construction job to get thru school.

Somehow I don't think he and his Mom living on food stamps sounds very privileged to me.

Posted by: trudy | July 28, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

nan -

chill out dudette! BHO is a US Senator. Like JMc he travels on his own nickel unless he is having the campaign pay for his travel.

Grow up and stop being such a nit-picking bitc*

Posted by: Ben Dover | July 28, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Are we the taxpayers paying for this vacation. If so, I don't want my money going there, thanks.

Posted by: nan | July 28, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Good for BHO! The week off will give him time to rest from his grueling schedule... and also from the relentless barrage of real questions that the WaPo keeps asking him. It must be rough to be BHO, what with the WaPo constantly haranguing him about lies like this:

http://lonewacko.com/blog/archives/007849.html

Considering the multipart, front-page series the WaPo ran on not just that BHO lie but on the story-behind-the-story, BHO deserves a break!

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | July 28, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

A short rest is not out of place. Funny how those who didn't object to GWB spending a MONTH on his ranch somehow think BHO doesn't deserve a few days off after his globe-treking week.

No one will mind if the politicians take a break and let us enjoy the Olympics. If McCain complains about Obama's break, he will further cement his reputation as a cranky whiner.

That said, don't be surprised if Barack pops up in Beijing.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | July 28, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Both Obama and McCain are smart men, concerned with the well being of our Republic. Their views differ, but please remember they are both out to do the right thing.

Posted by: Ben Dover | July 28, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Is the "vacation" scheduled for after (or before, in order to prep for) the Saddleback Civil Forum on August 16th?

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, phi, McCain worked in private sector (in his father-in-law's company) and is not worth hundreds of millions (said company is his wife's separate property).

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Phi -

Oh...as if it makes a difference LMAO...goat herder - sheep herder Botswanaland or Nigeria...makes no difference, dude. He is a person of privilege...and never worked a day in his life. McCain drove airplanes - Obama drove a legal book...

and... are you a communist? You must be one of those scum sucking commies for complaining that McCain has money. Wassamadda? You jealous, you dirtbag?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Dr. Caboose | July 28, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me Barack Obama has earned a break. Being on the road 24/7 must be exhausting and I am sure he would like to spend some time with his family. Get off his back.

Comparing his work ethic to that of his opponent McCheese, who works about 4 days per week, and never on weekends, is ridiculous.

Oh, and for the posters who are concerned whether or not he can afford to be out of the spotlight for a week: look what your candidate did with the spotlight last week.

Enough said.

Posted by: Susan | July 28, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Occidental to Columbia...pretty good. Another University I cannot afford.

Posted by: Eagle Sam | July 28, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"

A Punahou grad! I wish I could afford to send my kids there. It's an elite college preparatory high school for the rich and famous Islanders. Lemme see...Obama is a "man of the people"? He graduated from an elite prep school and went to Harvard - the elite of the elites. Poor guy...and his dad is a sheep herder in Botswanaland...AMAZING. That Negro did good for hisself.

Posted by: Eagle Sam | July 28, 2008 5:03 PM"

Some corrections:
Scholarships
Went to community college in CA first->columbia->harvard
Goat herder
Kenya


John McCain:
Elite military family
Never worked in private sector
Worth hundreds of millions

Posted by: phi | July 28, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Eagle sam-Obama received his education at Punahou on a basketball scholarship, had no momey.

Posted by: HB,Honolulu | July 28, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, Eagle Sam, he went to Occidental College for two years and then transferred to Columbia University before going to Harvard Law School.

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

A Punahou grad! I wish I could afford to send my kids there. It's an elite college preparatory high school for the rich and famous Islanders. Lemme see...Obama is a "man of the people"? He graduated from an elite prep school and went to Harvard - the elite of the elites. Poor guy...and his dad is a sheep herder in Botswanaland...AMAZING. That Negro did good for hisself.

Posted by: Eagle Sam | July 28, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Just wait until those of us pro-lifers who want Roe v. Wade overturned start getting called "racists" because we won't vote for Obama -- nevermind that abortion hits African-Americans disproportionately -- I just hope there are not race riots when McCain wins.

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs a rest - let him rest in the Senate.

VOTE FOR McCAIN.

Posted by: Ben Dover | July 28, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

matt:

Did you see this from Novak today?

"[Obama] is the most spectacular campaigner of his generation, with an appeal that extends well beyond Democratic ranks. That he lingers below the 50 percent mark is a mystery among politicians in both parties. It is particularly troubling to Democrats who recall past Democratic presidential candidates taking a huge lead over the summer before being overtaken or nearly overtaken by a surging Republican opponent.

In 1976, Jimmy Carter took a 33-point summer lead over President Gerald Ford and won in a photo finish. In 1988, Michael Dukakis led George H.W. Bush by 17 points after being nominated in Atlanta but ultimately lost the election. Al Gore and John Kerry were ahead of George W. Bush in the summer."

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I predict, here and now, that Barack Hussein Obama will win Hawaii, D.C. and Illinois.

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Blowing a week in Hawaii? That seems a bit much for the middle of what has become a non-stop campaign. I'm predicting McCain makes up some ground based on that. "Obama's too busy relaxing in luxury to care about your financial ruin..."

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | July 28, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

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