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Obama Winds Down His Vacation with a Push Back at the RNC

By Anne E. Kornblut
Sen. Barack Obama is coming off his Hawaii vacation to face a busy few weeks ahead: he is likely to announce his vice presidential running mate in the eight days left until the Democratic convention, then get in some more campaigning before flying to Denver and giving his acceptance speech on Aug. 28.

But first, at the end of his trip, Obama got in some bodysurfing. He also honored his deceased mother by tossing a white lei into the sea. At another point, Obama visited the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters.

Obama held a fundraiser during his Hawaii stay, pulling in about $1.3 million, his campaign said. He took his family and some friends snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. Almost every day while Obama was gone, the Republican National Committee tracked his movements in an e-mail titled the "Updated Obama Travel Guide" -- mocking his two-hour basketball game, his picnic under a banyan tree, his rental of a large, oceanfront vacation home. The implication was that his was no ordinary American vacation.

On Friday, the Obama campaign hit back with a mocking e-mail of its own. "Breaking News Alert -- RNC attacks hamburgers, moviegoers and ice cream cones! Puppies and kittens feared to be next!" the press release said. Listing a few examples of the Republican committee's e-mails, it continued: "Apparently the folks at the RNC don't like eating cheeseburgers or ice cream with their families, and are not among the millions of Americans who enjoyed Batman." Obama was expected to return to the mainland on Friday, and to attend an event at Saddleback Church in California over the weekend.

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To Claudine 1000

Your post is so full of hate you must have cut and pasted it from a Mary Matalin statement or maybe Ann Coulter. It sounds like maybe you 3 could be gal pals. On a remote island preferably.

Posted by: Bill | August 18, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I was reading and came upon a post about Sen. Obamas citizenship. The President of the United States must be a naturally born citizen of the United States.

Sen Obama was born in Hawaii. Sen Obama is a Naturally Born citizen of the U.S. Sen Obama has never held any other citizenship but U.S.

Go and look at the Births and Records of Hawaii and see for yourself.

Sen. McCain is not a Naturally born citizen of the U.S. He was born in the Canal Zone of Panama.

Look at his bio and military record.

Several Constitutional experts say that disqualifies Sen. McCain from being considered for president.

I have seen several Pros and Cons in the media over the months. Just wondered if they passed a law exempting John McCain from this part of the constitution.

IMHO John McCain probably does not qualify, but I am only reading the Constitution. Could someone who has a PhD in Constitutional Law please enlighten me as to what the words Natural Born means. According to several Constututional Lawyers, Natural Born means being born in one of the states of the United States. Just a thought.

Posted by: Sgt William "Bill" Wheeler | August 17, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Now I know why Obama felt comfortable enough to go on vacation. This one is over:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/17/opinion/17rich.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&oref=slogin
"“McCain’s personal fortune traces back to organized crime in Arizona.”

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 17, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Why do Republicans hate parts of America? Why is Hawaii exotic? Is it the color of their skin or the contentedness of their character? Since "exotic" seems to be the slur de jour, and it is a reflection of Obama's out of touch, arrogance, that may only be held by an elitest. Let us compare his vacation with previous presidents? (If it is not too presumptuous.) Reagan and Bush the younger returned to their respective ranches. Now that is something many Americans do all the time. JFK returned to the Kennedy "compound" and sailboated. That was, of course, if he did not go the place in Palm Beach or the house in northern VA. Oh yes, Johnson returned to his ranch. Bush the elder, if I remember had the cool place in Maine. Another "compound" wasn't it? Ike had quite nice "farm" in Pa. and FDR, an estate, to vacation at. My goodness, we sure have elected a lot of people who vacation at exotic palces, removed from the gaze or touch of the common man. Lucky them.

Posted by: Ed Jr. | August 17, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: nick | August 16, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama didn't hold back on the Russian/Georgia situation because he is being circumspect or measured. He didn't
say anything substantial because he doesn't know enough about Europe, and people, history and culture to form an opinion!

I think he got a tipoff from one or more of the people supporting him who is acquainted with Mr. Putin, and/or his officials, that the deal was about to go down and that he should get out of town in order to avoid questions he couldn't answer---or didn't want to.

I think that if Obama is elected, the POTUS will be basically a figurehead for executive rule by partisan committee. Every "decision" Obama makes, including for his VP, involves some dog-and-pony show of "lets do it together," meaning, let's take a long time and make a lot of people FEEL like they get to participate.

If an idea goes well, the Leader gets the credit. If the idea flops, the Leader blames "the committee" and tosses them into [ostensible] disgrace if "public opinion" demands. Thus the Leader emerges untouched after the cats' paws do the dirty work.

Come to think of it, this system sounds a little familiar...

Posted by: from the Provinces | August 16, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Namecallers and wannabees is all I read in these posts. Very few people who post offer anything of substance or written info based on facts. If most of you were in college you'd be failures at best. Right now we have several canidates running for President with only two having any possibility of assuming that office, McCain and Obama, thats a fact. The GOP has led this country into a war in Iraq based on manipulation of information provided to them by both the CIA and the NSC and selectivly choosing only information that would back their claims while dismissing information that was against their line of thinking, this is a fact backed up by ex CIA employees. The history of cutting back on programs meant to help soldiers returning from Iraq is one led by the GOP not the democrats this too is a fact. The GOP is so beholden to big oil money that they are willing to sell millions of acres for offshore drilling knowing full well that these reserves will not and cannot be exploited for at least ten years and will have very little impact on oil prices in the short term, fact again. The truth is our failure as a country to invest heavily on new fuels, infrastucture and its own people will insure that the United States will not be the economic superpower we have been since World War II and all the fears of such will come true. I leave it to you the namecallers and political wannabees who can't see the truth just as Jack Nicholson said YOUR NOT MAN ENOUGH FOR THE TRUTH.
tom mcmahon
tommic856@verizon.net

Posted by: tommic856 | August 16, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Namecallers and wannabees is all I read in these posts. Very few people who post offer anything of substance or written info based on facts. If most of you were in college you'd be failures at best. Right now we have several canidates running for President with only two having any possibility of assuming that office, McCain and Obama, thats a fact. The GOP has led this country into a war in Iraq based on manipulation of information provided to them by both the CIA and the NSC and selectivly choosing only information that would back their claims while dismissing information that was against their line of thinking, this is a fact backed up by ex CIA employees. The history of cutting back on programs meant to help soldiers returning from Iraq is one led by the GOP not the democrats this too is a fact. The GOP is so beholden to big oil money that they are willing to sell millions of acres for offshore drilling knowing full well that these reserves will not and cannot be exploited for at least ten years and will have very little impact on oil prices in the short term, fact again. The truth is our failure as a country to invest heavily on new fuels, infrastucture and its own people will insure that the United States will not be the economic superpower we have been since World War II and all the fears of such will come true. I leave it to you the namecallers and political wannabees who can't see the truth just as Jack Nicholson said YOUR NOT MAN ENOUGH FOR THE TRUTH.
tom mcmahon
tommic856@verizon.net

Posted by: tommic856 | August 16, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

All Presidents, Congressional folks, plenty folks take vacations...so what if the next President of The United States is taking vacation in Hawaii, what a beautiful place to be, after all his Grandmother lives there.If you elect another Rep..many of us won't be able to afford another vac....Beter think before you vote!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

they say 90% of republicians are gay or bi. the likes of Lars criag and most other senators and congress i say this because this is why they see things backwards....And i believe they have no choice they were born selfish and tend to be liars so lets try and just per tend they don't exist!.

Posted by: Joseph | August 16, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like republician girls have there panties to tight... Grow up girls .. maybe you guys cold be men some day honest and grow some brains!

Posted by: joseph | August 16, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News Alert -- RNC attacks hamburgers, moviegoers and ice cream cones! Puppies and kittens feared to be next!"

Love the response from the Obama campaign!

Posted by: MM | August 16, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain is limited in his ability to analyze things and come up with a viable solution. We need a level headed president. We definitely do not need someone who would jump at the first straw.

Being a strong president is not to jump to conclusions and pour fuel into the fire. Whatever happened to appreciating someone who thinks through issues and comes up with a well researched and thought out conclusions?

Most independent thinkers and great leaders filter the information available and make judgments by analyzing the facts on the ground and its consequences. Can we expect McCain to do this? I doubt it.

Do we want a president that takes the advice of the last person he talked to! In the case of the Georgia/Russia crisis, McCain took the stands of the lobbyist staff who has been feeding him. There is conflict of interest here. . With McCain, we would have "handlers" in charge of the country.

McCain’s approach was rash, presumptuous and hot headed. He was not the president. He should have refrained from being bombastic and staking major US position in international crisis, when he was not the president. Or was he being McBush, the twin?

In another point, doesn’t this crisis show why we need to have good relationship with Europe? What was McCain’s response when 200,000 people came out to hear Obama’s speech? Britney Spears and Paris Hilton ad was McCain’s response. This crisis shows why McCain candidacy is a dead deal. It will be continuation of Bush’s reign, with added dose of uncontrolled, rash, shoot from the hip policies and behaviors.

Posted by: ZAZ | August 16, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

...attacking Obama for how he spends his time with his family, and on vacation. They don't have substance to focus on while he's away? They have to track him even while he's having a break with his familY??? This, while ignoring the unusual marriage life, one spouse purchasing airplanes and achieving a pilot license without the other spouse knowing! Enough with the nonsense....

Go Obama Team for the humorous response in this ridiculous matter.

Posted by: Obama2008 | August 16, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

megs - perhaps you should first provide official and legal documentation that Obama's last name was changed with the adoption? Can you find a document showing a legal name change?

If not then your case is as empty and deflated as your conscience.

Posted by: dk | August 16, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Just proving, once again, that he is the King

of Wimps.

Posted by: Jack Straw | August 16, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

McCain and the RNC are desperate now, and creepily tracking Obama's every movement, these are the people that engineered the Iraq War and lied to the American people about everything. Obama is going to win this election, with Bill Richardson, the governor of New Mexico as his running mate, Democrats could win this election in a landslide. Hispanics in Florida and the West are tired of being hunted down like criminals and will support the candidate of change wholeheartedly if one of their own is on the ticket! Richardson could run in 2016 and perhaps even put Texas in play.

Posted by: Marc | August 16, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

So,I see all the paid naive kool aid drunken Obamafool posters are out in force
and making their usual insane personal attacks on anyone who disagrees with Obama
and them...They just cannot accept that
their Messiah the Great Barack Obama is
a Fraud and Empty Suit and who does not
belong in the White House now or ever.
So Claudine donot let these Obama Goons
intimidate you or scare you with their
totally insame nonsense. No Way Obama!

Posted by: Sandy5274 | August 16, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Good for Obama. Make fun of the obsession of the RNC and the McCain campaign to attempt to distract the American voters from their record.

The irony is that McCain looks smaller and more immature every day. It's quite sad, really, that he has sunk this low.

Posted by: David | August 16, 2008 6:09 AM | Report abuse

I HAD A BAD DREAM AN HAD TO JUMP UP IN POST THIS. AMERICA I HAD A DREAM ABOUT MCCAIN BEING OUR PRESIDENT I SAW WARS. I SAW OTHER COUNTRIES COMMING TOGATHER TO TAKE DOWN AMERICA BECAUSE THEY WERE TIRED OF THE REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION BULLIES.I SEEN JOB LOSSES PEOPLE RUNNING AROUND NOT KNOWING WITH TO DO LOSING EVERYTHING THEY HAD CAUSE MCCAIN DIDNT KNOW A DAM THING ABOUT THE ECONOMY.I SEEN THE RICH LOOKING DOWN ON THE POOR KEEPING THEM IN CAPTIVITY.I SEEN MCCAIN AN OVAL OFFICE LETTING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION TAKE OVER BECAUSE HE WASNT AS TOUGH AS HE SAY HE WAS. I SEEN PEOPLE FALL TO THEIR KNEES PRAYING SAYING HOW COULD I BEEN SO NAIEVE TO FALL FOR ANOTHER REPUBLICAN AGAIN. SONS AND DAUGHTERS DRAFT TO FIGHT WARS.

Posted by: KEESA | August 16, 2008 5:28 AM | Report abuse

Juan you are a loser. Are you talking about John McCain, the guy who can't remember what he said last week, constantly gets his countries mixed up (unless someone whispers corrections in his ear), had to have his cell phone use "limited" by his own campaign because he's too easily influenced and can't "stay on script," sold out to Karl Rove's goons after pledging to run a clean campaign (and after having been a victim of Rove in 2000), can't keep straight the names of world leaders and has a "greatest hits" collection of gaffes that rivals George W. Bush's? This is your "Big Mac" LOL

Thanks to Bush, the U.S. is impotent and can do nothing to Russia. Russia knows this as does the rest of the world. And here's Little Big Man, John McCain talking tough and putting his foot in his mouth BEFORE the president even commented. The guy is a grade a FOOL and desperate to look "presidential." I never cared about him but after this week, I CAN'T STAND HIM. HOw dare he tell another country he speaks or ME. I am not a "Georgian," I am American. He just tried to use this sad situation to score political points and I hate him for that. I will do my best to make sure he's defeated in November too. F@#$ John McCain....the wannabe president.

Posted by: John Lopez | August 16, 2008 3:06 AM | Report abuse

John McCain is so odd, I could not vote for that man.

Posted by: Agile womanly | August 16, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

I used to cherish the Republican Party. They were against unwarranted spending and against taxing, but lately they just spend and spend and spend. They don't pay for any of it any more , all they do is borrow. They knock the Democrats for being "Tax and Spend" , but what's worse, "Tax and Spend" or "Tax and Borrow"?

Posted by: Right Wing Wounded Duck | August 16, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

For Barack Obama: Eight Questions

Posted: 15 Aug 2008 09:52 AM CDT

By Matthew I. Weaver | The Problem With Obama

While most folks accept that Obama was born in the U.S. of an American mother, it is increasingly suggestive that he may have shared Kenyan citizenship from his father, then when his mother remarried, was adopted and became an Indonesian citizen. In the latter, a school record clearly lists his citizenship as Indonesian. This would seem consistent with his adoption and the family move to Indonesia.

Obama has not addressed this. His offered birth certificate is being questioned by a number of folks who claim it is a forgery. It is suggested that his original birth certificate was sealed and replaced by a new one upon his adoption and move to Indonesia. It is suggested that in addition to his new name, Barry Soetoro, his adopted father and his mother changed his citizenship to Indonesia. Surely there will be records of this somewhere but I’ve yet to see anything beyond the notes about the sealed original birth certificate, the new one, a copy allegedly issued in 2007, an original that Obama wrote he held, and comments about the adoption in 1965 or 1966. I have not seen anything definitive on any of this to show it is anything more than speculation.

(more…)http://www.daylife.com/photo/01u33pL9Ns06D

So when did he Legally change his name back to Obama after he was adopted by his stepfather?

Posted by: megs | August 16, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Claudine 1000,
Maybe you weren't aware of it, but in the United States we only have one president at a time. Currently that individual is President Bush. Foreign polichy is his responsiblity. We don't need McCain or Obama shooting off their mouths sending mixed signals to the world and more importantly to Russia and Georgia. Obama did the right thing in making a "measured" statement that didn't tie the president's hands. Unlike McCain who came out with a very harsh statement before the President's. While I personally think Bush is a congenital idiot, he is still the president and McCain should have kept his mouth shut to give the president room to maneuver. This is a very tense time and we don't need any nut case shooting from the lip. The last thing we need to be in is another unnecessary war.

Posted by: Repub | August 16, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

This is in response to Claudine comments.I think your thinking process has been rotted by Fox news.Talk about hateful!!!

Posted by: KEN | August 15, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

The republicans were sounding like the Clinton campaign with the kindergarten essay thing with this attack.
They must be scraping bottom to find things to smear Obama with.
Love the Obama camp's response.

Posted by: vwcat | August 15, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

When did Republican start meaning "Ignorant"? I was a proud republican 4 years ago, now I'm ashamed to have any party affiliation with any of these scumbags. I would have voted McCain if he would not have sold out on his values to get the Repub Nomination. My Libertarian, Right Wing, Conservative values demand a better leader than that. Obama might not agree with me on everything, but he's just as American as I, and his values are un-wavering. If you listen to what he is saying instead of going into O'Reilly comeback and shutout a response mode, you might actually see that you are blind, ignorant and just plain illiterate when it comes to the real issues of this election. You're buying into the Gimmicks of the Right Wing machine for electing morons that are good for business. Whos Business? ExxonMobil, seems it didn't take very long for them to buy John McCain, they even handed him a very profitable energy policy. Good thing he has the leadership to turn down this buyoff...

Posted by: Proud to be an American | August 15, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

OH Well we don't have to worry about Russia
and the War in Georgia,now that Der Leader
Messiah Barack Hussein Obama is back from
his latest Hawaii vacation since Obama will
shake his wilted peace flower and get out
his teleprompter and "Lecture" Putin and
Medvevdev about their evil ways and they
will shiver in utter terror of His Total
Arrogance Obama's Lofty Empty Words as
Obama also threatens to send His Enforcer
Madame Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit them.
And the stupid Democrats want us to vote
for that total dud and inexperience clown
Barack Hussein Obama for President? NO WAY!

Posted by: Claudine 1000 | August 15, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Let's remember: This is Bush's problem to solve, not McCain who seems to have made matters worse, or Obama's who gave a measured stately response. If Obama would have made the same bellicose, threatening remarks as McCain he would have been criticized for being too presumptuous.

The fact is that we have no leverage or moral high-ground in this matter due to Bush's war in Iraq, who McCain has so vigorously supported.

Posted by: JR | August 15, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter what Obama does, the RNC will find a way to attack him. First he's arrogant and acting presumptuous, too presidential, then he's not acting presidential enough.

Posted by: JR | August 15, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Juan:

If "Anonymous" ought to take meds, as you've suggested, what should the treatment be for your ignorance, hostility, and paranoia?

Posted by: jake | August 15, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous do us a favor and take your meds.

If that's what passes for an Obama pushback Putin doesn't have a concern in the world. While the Big Mac slammed KGB Putin Obama soft pedaled a milksop response. The first major international crisis during the election revealed that Obama's bleeding heart doesn't have what it takes to protect America in a dangerous world.

Posted by: Juan Venadito | August 15, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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