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Posted at 6:13 AM ET, 12/23/2010

Obama lands in Hawaii for Christmas holiday

By Perry Bacon Jr.

HONOLULU - President Obama arrived here just before midnight Hawaii time to join his family's holiday vacation after wrapping up a frenetic lame-duck legislative session that yielded several political victories--and a couple of defeats.

Aides said the president is looking forward to 10 days filled mostly by relaxation with friends and relatives - although he will still receive a daily national security briefing, look at a staff review being prepared by interim White House chief of staff Pete Rouse, work on early versions of January's State of the Union address and take care of other White House business.

First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia left Washington for this picturesque island on Saturday, with White House dog Bo in tow.

Obama, however, stayed in the capital until Congress adjourned. He then appeared before reporters for an an end-of-the-year news conference and headed out of town, offering a ride on Air Force One to fellow Democrats Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (Hawaii) and Rep. Mazie K. Hirono (Hawaii).

The president grew up in Hawaii. Among the relatives and friends who live here is his half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng.

The first family is staying in a luxurious rental home in a small town called Kailua, about 13 miles from Honolulu. They also vacationed in Hawaii last year during the holiday season, and often came here before Obama was elected president.

If those prior visits are any indication, Obama is likely to go bodysurfing, play golf and take his daughters to eat shaved ice at some point during his stay.

"The president is, as much as anything, anxious to spend time where he grew up with his family and to see his sister, to see his niece - nieces, I should say," press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday.

On his last day in Washington, Obama signed the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, ending the military's ban service by people who are openly gay, and watched the Senate ratify a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia. But he told reporters he regretted that another of his major priorities - an immigration overhaul - was defeated in Congress.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | December 23, 2010; 6:13 AM ET
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We were vacationing at Christmas time in my parents' vacation house in Kailua for two years and they were spoiled by Obama's presence there. NO MORE! We rented a house on the island of K'uai for the two weeks we are here. Obama can go vacation in KENYA and spend KWANZAA with his relatives. This guy is a total imposter. He needs to be kicked out of office and spend the rest of his life behind bars in a federal prison.

Posted by: DawnMarie1 | December 26, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

We were vacationing at Christmas time in my parents' vacation house in Kailua for two years and they were spoled by Obama's presence there. NO MORE! We rented a house on the island of K'uai for the two weeks we are here. Obama can go vacation in KENYA and spend KWANZAA with his relatives. This guy is a total imposter. He needs to be kicked out of office and spend the rest of his life behind bars in a federal prison.

Posted by: DawnMarie1 | December 26, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

We were vacationing at Christmas time in my parents' vacation house in Kailua for two years and they were spoled by Obama's presence there. NO MORE! We rented a house on the island of K'uai for the two weeks we are here. Obama can go vacation in KENYA and spend KWANZAA with his relatives. This guy is a total imposter. He needs to be kicked out of office and spend the rest of his life behind bars in a federal prison.

Posted by: DawnMarie1 | December 26, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Why Hawaii, if he hails from Chicago? Did the taxpayer's also decorate the Chicago mansion AND the White House only to find that the Obama's couldn't or wouldn't stay at either place? The White House, that has what, 10-20 Christmas very expensive trees, individually decorated with taxpayer monies for labor and decorations, full time Government Employees and volunteers to put it up and take it down? That decorations the visitors stand in line all day just to be hurried through?

How much taxparteeeing dollars paid for this gig? God, I hope I don't have to see any skin while they walk the beach this Christmas.

What a piece of work this guy turned out to be. Hope and change, he hopes to spend it all before he finishes his one term, and change into another multi-millionaire when he goes back to Chicago in 2012.

He freezes the Federal Employee's salary, then goes and spends a 10 day boondoggle using the money he saved. How much per day?

Total disgust.

Posted by: gmt1e6 | December 24, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Why Hawaii, if he hails from Chicago? Did the taxpayer's also decorate the Chicago mansion AND the White House only to find that the Obama's couldn't or wouldn't stay at either place? The White House, that has what, 10-20 Christmas very expensive trees, individually decorated with taxpayer monies for labor and decorations, full time Government Employees and volunteers to put it up and take it down? That decorations the visitors stand in line all day just to be hurried through?

How much taxparteeeing dollars paid for this gig? God, I hope I don't have to see any skin while they walk the beach this Christmas.

What a piece of work this guy turned out to be. Hope and change, he hopes to spend it all before he finishes his one term, and change into another multi-millionaire when he goes back to Chicago in 2012.

He freezes the Federal Employee's salary, then goes and spends a 10 day boondoggle using the money he saved. How much per day?

Total disgust.

Posted by: gmt1e6 | December 24, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas to all, but Obama, his fat wife, and fellow travelers Biden, Pelosi, Boxer, Clintons and the rest of those D.C. Bozos

Posted by: nomobarry | December 24, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey MJJ2 .. what "bright, accomplishedm sensible" ... "president" are you referring to? The President of France? Why is it that no one attended classes with Obama either at Occidental College or Columbia University or Harvard? No one seems to have attended classes with him in HI as well. His only "accomplishment" involves walking around with posters under one arm and a hammer in the other. He never even ran a hot dog stand or a lemonade stand. The man is totally ignorant and stupid. He's a Marxist who is an Islamic "MANCHURIAN" Candidate and a foreign imposter..... a BOGUS POTUS! And his wife looks like she comes from the GRINCH family ..she can't even dress properly! And who is she to dictate to us how we feed our children? She should first look at her fat behind and take care of that. She should stop peeling bananas with her feet!

Posted by: KarenH4 | December 24, 2010 2:06 AM | Report abuse

Again, the Obama gang is spoiling Christmas for those of us living in Kailua. We cannot enjoy the holiday because we have Secret Service agents clogging up the roads. People cannot drive freely. Why doesn't he go to KENYA ..... his birthplace ...... and celebrate there? The same thing happened last year. Enough already! Obama and his bunch should be barred from entering Hawaii.

Posted by: KarenH4 | December 23, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Again, our Christmas and New Year's are spoiled by the presence of the Obama clan here in Kailua! Why doesn't he head for KENYA where he was born and celebrate there? Our streets are clogged with Secret Service agents! We cannot enjoy our nolidays. This is too much! The Obamas' presence is disrupting everything! Enough alraedy! OBAMA! GO AWAY and STAY AWAY!

Posted by: KarenH4 | December 23, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Actually all this unadulterated racism out of the mouths of many on this site just shows how stupid the racists are. Probably insanely jealous of our bright, accomplished, sensible President and his wife and family. It is so strange to read this hate filled drivel straight out of Republican talking points. For those of us Republicans who are convinced nothing is more un-Godly than racism, it is truly difficult for us to feel at home in the Grand Old Party any more. In fact, morally it simply is not possible with all this first grade type racist swill that I have just read. God help us because He cannot bless us with this sort of viper language. Have a blessed Christmas even you hate mongers! Because the Obamas will all enjoy a blessed Christian holiday and return to Washington refreshed and ready to get this country back on track after the GW years.

Posted by: mJJ2 | December 23, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Actually all this unadulterated racism just shows how stupid the racists are. Probably insanely jealous of our bright, accomplished, sensible President and his wife and family. It is so strange to read this hate filled drivel straight out of Republican talking points. For those of us Re[publicans who are convinced nothing is more un-Godly than racism, it is truly difficult for us to feel at home in the Grand Old Party any more. In fact, morally it simply is not possible with all this first grade type racist swill that I have just read. God help us because He cannot bless us with this sort of viper language. Have a blessed Christmas even you hate mongers!

Posted by: mJJ2 | December 23, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

And so,the decadent out of touch with reality Democrat Big Spenders Barack Hussein and Michelle the moocher Obama are off to yet another costly luxury 10 day
Hawaiian vacation on our taxpayer's dime...

Why do I see another fancy luxury Paris
Shopping Tour and Second Luxury Spanish Reviera Vacation for Queen Michelle Obama &
the spoiled Obama brats coming,from my patio here in Phoenix Arizona?

Please 2012 Hurry & Get Here!

Posted by: Jan1977 | December 23, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

And so,the decadent out of touch with reality Democrat Big Spenders Barack Hussein and Michelle the moocher Obama are off to yet another costly luxury 10 day
Hawaiian vacation on our taxpayer's dime...

Why do I see another fancy luxury Paris
Shopping Tour and Second Luxury Spanish Reviera Vacation for Queen Michelle Obama &
the spoiled Obama brats coming,from my patio here in Phoenix Arizona?

Please 2012 Hurry & Get Here!

Posted by: Jan1977 | December 23, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow Ralphinphnx - at least you spared them any negative commentary on their European-American hair styles: "...Queen Michelle Obama,in their own liberal messed up minds and Huge EGOs..." is on the same page as Ralphinphnx when it comes to their lovely (non-africanoid) hair... right Ralphinphnx?

tax breaks for the rich
house negroes for the pricks?

Posted by: stephendavid2002 | December 23, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

A month ago the Republicans were shouting about what winners they were - but strangely being winners doesn't stop them from being whiners also, of the first order!

Bush set a new record for days on vacation, if you want to whine about something.


And while we the people foot the bill for security-related expenses, including Air Force 1, the vacation expenses come out of the family income.

Posted by: j3hess | December 23, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse


TO: priveye who wrote:
“If the President wanted to spend time with his family then he should have traveled to Kenya.”

^^^^^^

Stuck on stupid.

Posted by: lindalovejones | December 23, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

So,I do enjoy the venom that comes out of
some Democrat commenters here,as it is a well know fact that former President,and
Second Worst President in US history after
the Current ONE,George W Bush is afraid of
horses so the very mental picture of good
old George W Bush actually riding a horse
is so laughable that I will have to log out
and go sit down and laugh my head off at it. So,please mothers don't let your kids grow up to be Liberals as they keep proving
liberalism is a serious mental illness on
a 24/7 daily basis.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | December 23, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

So,once again Comrade Leader from Kenya THE
ONE Messiah Barack Hussein Obama had to jet
off in his private personal luxury Air Force One to 10 days of totally unearned &
undeserved costly Hawaii Vacations as he had already let his partner the fat bovine
one,MooChelle Obama,the two Obama brats,dog
BO and her court of royal attendants fly on
ahead in Air Force Two as befitting our two
Royal Highness King & Queen Barack Hussein
and Queen Michelle Obama,in their own liberal messed up minds and Huge EGOs as well,instead of having Queen MooChelle wait
and fly to Hawaii with him thus costing all
of us US taxpayers a few million bucks of
hard to come by tax dollars in the Obama
Era of 10% Unemployment,as well.

Oh well,sorry I forgot Comrade Glorius Leader Barack Hussein Obama is a Democrat,
and that is what Liberal/Marxist Democrats
do best waste our tax money,but at least
Former Speaker and Now Democrat House Minority Leader Nutso Nancy Pelosi had to
give up her very own personal USAF Luxury
757 Air Pelosi jet along with her recent big demotion to the lowly unimportant ego
shattering minor position of Democrat House Minority Leader as well.

So, can't 2012 get here any sooner as we do
desperately need to just by pass 2011 and
Vote the ONE Barack Hussein Obama and rest
of the few remaining Democrat Big Spenders
out of office as soon as possible you know.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | December 23, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I understand the vitriolic, raw, cold hatred for President Obama that the Republic Party radicals spew out for what they called "The Annointed One." I felt the same towards Dumya, whom I call "The Appointed One."


Posted by: mongolovesheriff | December 23, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

If the President wanted to spend time with his family then he should have traveled to Kenya.

Posted by: priveye | December 23, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

So, the Republic Party is against a president going home to see his family at Christmas? Hmmmmm. So much for family values. I think most of these Republic Party anti-vacation posters are envious that President Obama grew up in Hawaii, which is an awesome place, because I also spent quite some time there.


Posted by: mongolovesheriff | December 23, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

@youngjo381 - I agree! Thank you for posting. Too many posters on here are bitter racists and love pointing the finger the other way when we come to the defense of the President.

Posted by: nieci6719 | December 23, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Enjoy your vacation President Obama.

Righties, enough with the doom amd gloom. It's very unbecoming and kinda pathetic.

Posted by: elbuzz1 | December 23, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it precious how the Republic Party blowhards wail away when a Democratic Party president takes a vacation, but it's manly when a Republic Party president does.

Dick Nixon, a Republic Party president, spent so much time at his villa on the San Clemente, Ca., beach that the press named it the Western White House.

St. Reagan spent oodles of time chopping wood and riding horses at his ranch in Santa Barbara, not exactly the ghetto.

And of course Dumya took a monthlong vacation at his ranch in Texas, so he could chop wood and ride horses. That was in August of 2001, six months into his term. And the CIA sent two delegations down there to warn him of an impending attack by Bin Ladin. And he ignored their warnings and continue to chop wood.

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | December 23, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I hope God will save us from Obama.

Posted by: mrcrosskeys | December 23, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I hope God will save us from Obama.

Posted by: mrcrosskeys | December 23, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

As an older American, I have never been so pessisimistic as I have been since Obama has been president. Not even under Carter, which I thought was as bad as could be possible. I was wrong. I fear greatly for my country. I believe it is in greater danger than it was in 1861 as the Civil War unfolded. I pray I am wrong.

Posted by: mrcrosskeys | December 23, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful to hear the the President has the time and money to take yet another vacation on OUR DIME! To bad the rest of America (peasants) is jobless and can't afford their own vacation...but, the reason you sacrifice, America, is so King and Queen Odumba can take their stupid kids on umpteen vacations. What a f'n outrage this President and idiot wife are! How long will America put up with this? Stupid sheeple.

Posted by: NO-bama | December 23, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I won't single out President Obama, but a president might consider staying at the White House for the holidays. Each of these trips costs the tax payers in the millions of dollars to shuttle all of the supporting staff, secret service, advance security, etc. When a president goes overseas, it costs a million plus per day. A million here and a million there, you start to talk about real money.
Posted by: randysbailin
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I generally don't begrudge leaders their vacations and gala entertainment..but I do expect a little discretion and sensitivity. And for their spouses not to come across as party-infatuated or thinking every other month they deserve a lavish vacation - like Michelle was doing before people told her to (literally) cool her jets and leave them on the tarmac a little more.
Bush or Clinton comparisons are a little off. It's not "assymetric" to live well when the country's economy is doing fine. It is assymetric when people are suffering outside the Elite's bubble and cancelling vacations and big party bashes they indulged in in past years, then see Michelle barely over her swank weeks with Spanish royalty rushing up to Maine for some badly needed R&R barely a month later.

Look back to the Depression or some of the really nasty Recessions. Presidents and high officials that were discrete were wise. Those who weren't, like Nixon travelling too much and in too many luxurious trappings in the bad 1973 Oil shock Recession or Chief of Staff John Sununu using government helicopters to fly him in pursuit of his stamp collecting hobby in 1990....got hammered.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | December 23, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

January 2011 will soon be here and the State of the Union will soon declare Obama Democrats could not close Guantanamo but could open U.S. military for gays and lesbians. Democrats could not impact the continuously high unemployment rate or help the jobless but they could implement more deficit spending for the jobless unemployment government checks. But, the most famous reindeer of all flying over Obama vacationing Hawaii is “Ask Me.” Santa can give you Two Mom’s or Two Papas.

Tentative, Democrat political victory on “don’t ask, don’t tell” has gays and lesbians celebrating. It was a long hard battle for equal rights and civil rights groups of left-wing social liberal politics in U.S. military duty for Americans. This legislation could be a big deal for Obama to win the voter block of the gay liberation movement. Announce the shared political victory and celebrate Christmas in Hawaii.

Michelle Obama has good taste in vacation spots. Of course no one would expect the Obama family to vacation in Haiti or the Gulf Coast. Sarah Palin was sincere in her visit to Haiti. However, the prize goes to Michelle for vacations in Spain and Hawaii. We can only hope that Barrack is not keeping the First Lady waiting on the beaches of Kailua.

Hawaii waits for Obama at the beach community of Kailua Neighborhood of multi million dollar beachfront homes. Virginia Camohan could be surprised by more tourists. It is rumored among the gay rights groups that Obama will invite them all to Hawaii to celebrate the repeal of DADT victory of the Democrat lame duck session of Congress.

It could be a gala event with beach parties, no swim suit requirements, open showers for Gays to mingle with straights on the beaches and all Gay Hawaii military should attended. The theme for parties surrounding the Obama family will be “Ask Me and I Will Tell You” and “O Obama Our Civil Rights Hero”. No reservations required for the public beaches. Merry, Merry Hawaii Holidays.

Posted by: klausdmk | December 23, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I will be on my knees thanking the Lord when obama is no longer in office.One of the things I will be thankful for is that I will not be seeing his name every single time I read anything at all. He is taking credit for everything that ever happens. I guess there isn't anyone else that does anything in Washington, just obama I resent hearing the same name over and over and over. There are other people

Posted by: vageorge | December 23, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

@momof20yo: what are you smoking? Or are you simply one of those poor brainwashed souls who watches the foreign owned Fox Network too much? My country is not "imploding", my country is not "destroyed". America has survived much worse than a sluggish economy and the ravings of the exterme right wing, and we will continue to prosper. This morning on my way to work the sun was shining, businesses were open, folks were getting ready for the holiday. Thank God for President Obama, who is ready to tackle our tough deficit problems -not of his making but the fix will have to come on his watch. Now if only the Republican members of the Senate would all stay home next year, we might be able to accomplish something.

Posted by: GreybirdK1 | December 23, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Why are people so angry and bitter. This is one man trying to do a difficult job.
Lots of hate and vitriol on the web, and lots of trolls. I love how you can post vulgar messages behind anonymous profiles, like the bathroom wall.
He is the President of the US. Who cares the cost of flying his family to a vacation? Does he need to go Greyhound to make people happy? If you're really frustrated, go vote, and get involved in politics or public life. Don't just throw bombs behind a monitor and whine.

Posted by: info1 | December 23, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Why are people so angry and bitter. This is one man trying to do a difficult job.
Lots of hate and vitriol on the web, and lots of trolls. I love how you can post vulgar messages behind anonymous profiles, like the bathroom wall.
He is the President of the US. Who cares the cost of flying his family to a vacation? Does he need to go Greyhound to make people happy? If you're really frustrated, go vote, and get involved in politics or public life. Don't just throw bombs behind a monitor and whine.

Posted by: info1 | December 23, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Kind hearts and gentle people do not exist. Uncle Sam has to be tough to get his bucks and charities would go broke if donations were not given tax exemptions. Liberal governments were created to tame the seven sins of hypocrites who would rape,rob and pillage the land.

Posted by: morristhewise | December 23, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

You go, President Obama. The best revenge is success. And while you are at it, non illegitimi carborundum!

Posted by: Jose5 | December 23, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

You go, President Obama. The best revenge is success. And while you are at it, non illegitimi carborundum!

Posted by: Jose5 | December 23, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Based on the comments it seems there are a lot of folks that have been drinking the black Koolaide.

I hope the Kenyan enjoys Hawaii....because the Kenyan President is going to get a permanent vacation in 2012!

Posted by: priveye | December 23, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Mr.Obama your resignation would be the best vacation for you.
Republicans need more time to wash down the dirty White House and before 2012 necessary to be reformed the White House image.

Posted by: BellaLiberty | December 23, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Why don't you bleeding hearts stop the everyone not agreeing with you as being racists. Even if that were true, there are many worse things then being so labeled. Pro-Muslim scourge, pro-big government, phony intellectuals continual spewing the liberal lies, head in the sand foreign policy, adoring the Communist Chinese, letting Iran get away with murder, trusting that thug Putin. You get the picture.

Posted by: nomobarry | December 23, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Reading the post on here is a reminder that racism is alive, well and even flourishing. There are a great deal of substantive issues with which to disagree with President Obama. Occassionally, I do read some posting on here and other places that are thoughtful principled differences regarding policies and ideas. Unfortunately, however, it seems that much of what is posted on this and other comment sections is hate filled, insulting and racist. I'm sure many, if not most of the comments posted are by people who would be protest with indignation if they were accused in person of being a racist. But here, in cyberspace, behind the mask of your computer monitor, many of you can allow your true feelings to come forth. The President takes a holiday vacation with his family, so what; Please, please tell me which President didn't. President Obama and his family cannot fly commercial, no President or his family could, we all know that....so let it go. Did any you complaining about President Obama's vacation in Hawaii with his family ever complain when Presidents Bush I and Bush II, took family vacations at Kennebunkport, ME or the Crawford Ranch in TX, my guess NOT!! President Obama is paying for his rented home in Hawaii not the taxpayer, he doesn't own a compound in Maine or a 1000 acre ranch in Texas. Some of you people are so miserable, lonely, sad and angry. Many of you are particularly angry that a black man and his family live in that White House, you are seething, you hate him and his family. How could this be, you think. Well I'm sorry, but the President of the United States is black man. The First Lady of the United States of America is black woman. The First family of the United States of America is a black family. The angry, hateful and racist comments posted on this site will not change the foregoing facts. Stop being so bitter isn't making you look old. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Posted by: youngjo381 | December 23, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Why Charlie the moron still on the birther conspiracy. For the millionth time Hawaii has no long form BC anymore. Everything is digital and obama has posted his BC online, more than any other president has done.
He has the same BC they issue in MD, give it up, you sound like a fool.

Posted by: jtemple1 | December 23, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

It seems as if The Washington Post hacks have decided that President Obama is an egotistical fool. First Milbank, and now
Bacon, refer to Mr. Obama's taking credit for the accomplishments of Congress. Time for a civics lessons, gentlemen. Congress passes laws, not the president. President Obama was not congratulating himself for passing laws; he was on congratulating Congress for passing laws to help American citizens.,

Mr. Perry, you are not writing an op ed; you are supposed to be writing a straight news story. Please refrain from editorializing in future articles. And please try to understand the ways in which our government works -- your ignorance is shockiing.

Posted by: marmac5 | December 23, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: randysbailin:
I won't single out President Obama, but a president might consider staying at the White House for the holidays. Each of these trips costs the tax payers in the millions of dollars to shuttle all of the supporting staff, secret service, advance security, etc.
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Oh but you are singling him out. And I'll single out his predecessor. How much did it cost us the taxpayers for him to travel to and relax at his Ranch in Crawford, Texas?

Posted by: SW6Blues | December 23, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Charlietuna6661, you may want to adjust your meds.

Meds can't change a racist!!

Posted by: oakiedokie | December 23, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

And for all you other posters, presidents typically go to a place they call home for the holidays. The Bushes to Texas or Maine, Clinton to Arkansas, Reagan to California. And Obama spent most of younger years living with his white grandparents and going to school in Hawaii.

Posted by: missingwisc | December 23, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I won't single out President Obama, but a president might consider staying at the White House for the holidays. Each of these trips costs the tax payers in the millions of dollars to shuttle all of the supporting staff, secret service, advance security, etc. When a president goes overseas, it costs a million plus per day. A million here and a million there, you start to talk about real money.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 23, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Obama did not create this mess that we are in. He has a beautiful family. This is probably why charlietuna6661 has a problem with how beautiful they are because you probably can't bear to look at his.

He deserves a vacation wherever he wants just like anybody else. Be merry and blessed that you are able to read and write but be pleasant about it.

Posted by: happymalinomat | December 23, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Obama did not create this mess that we are in. He has a beautiful family. This is probably why charlietuna6661 has a problem with how beautiful they are because you probably can't bear to look at his.

He deserves a vacation wherever he wants just like anybody else. Be merry and blessed that you are able to read and write but be pleasant about it.

Posted by: happymalinomat | December 23, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Can someone tell me why there are so many haters out there. Come on people give it up.

Posted by: slovelace | December 23, 2010 8:25
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Why?

It's due to two inventions of the 20th Century.

1. Automatic pin setters that led to the quick extinction of pinboy jobs at bowling alleys.

2. Self-serve gas pumps that ended the jobs of all gas station pump jockeys.

Having no purpose in life now, these double-digit IQ bards post endlessly on the internet covering the spectrum of current news topics. Racist, hatemonging reflections on politicians are their favorite subject as it gives these pitiful boobs a false but giddy sense of power.

Posted by: mosthind | December 23, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas to President Obama and the First Family. And, God bless us, everyone. Even the f'n haters.

Posted by: mooncusser | December 23, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Blackforestcherry asks if there are basketball courts in Hawaii? Are you being sarcastic or are you really that ignorant to think that they don't play basketball in Hawaii. Good grief, the University of Hawaii has a men's basketball team, Hawaii sponsors the Rainbow Classic college basketball tournament, and the high schools in Hawaii have basketball teams.

And for all you other posters, presidents typically go to a place they call home for the holidays. The Bushes to Texas or Maine, Clinton to Arkansas, Reagan to California. And Obama spent most of younger years living with his white grandparents and going to school in Hawaii.

Posted by: missingwisc | December 23, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse


Only on the pages of WaPo is Barry's caving on the tax bill considered a sign of success. Hilarious WaPo hacks.

How is that 45 percent job aprroval rating going for you, Dims. Same as a month ago. Hmm?

Let us see how much Barry the incompetent boob has starting in two weeks when the GOP runs the House and can hold Harry Reid in check with the filibuster.

Posted by: screwjob23 | December 23, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse


Only on the pages of WaPo is Barry's caving on the tax bill considered a sign of success. Hilarious WaPo hacks.

How is that 45 percent job aprroval rating going for you, Dims. Same as a month ago. Hmm?

Let us see how much Barry the incompetent boob has starting in two weeks when the GOP runs the House and can hold Harry Reid in check with the filibuster.

Posted by: screwjob23 | December 23, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Amazing how a vacation can bring out the racist again or was it the recent success.


Posted by: mac7 | December 23, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Amazing how a vacation can bring out the racist again or was it the recent success.


Posted by: mac7 | December 23, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Amazing how a vacation can bring out the racist again or was it the recent success.


Posted by: mac7 | December 23, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Amazing how a vacation can bring out the racist again or was it the recent success.


Posted by: mac7 | December 23, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Amazing how a vacation can bring out the racist again or was it the recent success.


Posted by: mac7 | December 23, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Amazing how a vacation can bring out the racist again or was it the recent success.


Posted by: mac7 | December 23, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

People making fuss over what it cost to rent the estate. Last time I checked, the Obama's made money off of book deals and other LEGAL fashions. Unlike his predecessor! If he utilizes Air Force One, there is an issue w/ that. If he rents and estate, there is an issue w/ that. But never nothing said when other government heads go to "ONE" of their estates around the world! Here he "rents" one! Can anybody deny what I'm saying? And it was his predecessor that got us in this mess from the beginning! If you don't like him, simply say so! Then evaluate yourself as to why not. Probably racial no doubt! Sort of like Vick. "They" didn't like him to begin w/ and when a reason surfaced, they ran w/ it! No different here. And half of you negative press will get up off your couch or cubical and wish many that come from the same background as the president a Merry Christmas and keep on smiling! I guess we all do it at times! And actually the president didn't destroy this nation. Racism and greed destroyed this country. 8 years ago, gas prices were descent. 8 years decline and they are on average $3 a gallon. And the current president is the blame for this?! Under Bush the flux of immigrants raided this nation all to satisfy corporate America's greedy tooth! And now the president is to blame? Indeed many posters true colors are coming out! Save for energy and enjoy the holidays! How bout that.

Posted by: hoganincharge | December 23, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Can someone tell me why there are so many haters out there. Come on people give it up.

Posted by: slovelace | December 23, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Can someone tell me why there are so many haters out there. Come on people give it up.

Posted by: slovelace | December 23, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Can someone tell me why there are so many haters out there. Come on people give it up.

Posted by: slovelace | December 23, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Can someone tell me why there are so many haters out their. Come on people give it up.

Posted by: slovelace | December 23, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Have you jack asses forgotten that Bush put us in this mess and not the current president. I guess it is hard for white america to accept a black president. The black americans of this country has put up with the white presidents for hundreds of years. So get over it and let's all get along.

Posted by: djyahoo | December 23, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

It cost only $63,0000 for moochelle to fly ahead of barack. Hey, looks like we're actually saving money on *this* vacation.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | December 23, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Are there basketball courts in Hawaii?

Posted by: blackforestcherry | December 23, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Well my fellow Americans the unofficial official propaganda outlet for the Democrat Party for Washington DC, the Washington POST and their staff of left-wing Journolists have a blitzkrieg of Pro-Obama "stories" out here today to "move the masses" towards their hero again.

I guess this is the beginning of our dirty dishonest liberal/progressive MSM wolfpack presses attempt to Re-install our Great Divider-in-Chief in 2012.....

Yep the institution that helped install/elect Obama in November 2008 is in full "blitzkrieg" support of Obama today.

Sure hope Obama prays everyday to God for the great "Press".......lol

Is it 2012 yet?

Posted by: allenridge | December 23, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Charlietuna6661, you may want to adjust your meds.

Posted by: nomorewholefoods | December 23, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

While Rome was burning, Nero was at the gates of the city fiddling. While America declines, implodes, and it's "real" citizens try to figure out how to cope, the President and his First Lady escape to Hawaii. Mr. President, the people are struggling and cannot aford to buy bread. LET THEM EAT CAKE! MOVE ON NOW, CAUSE MY LOBSTER'S GETTING COLD!

Posted by: barrysal | December 23, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

aloha fool.save the taxpayer some $$$$$$$$$$$ and do not return.

Posted by: pofinpa | December 23, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

The President is congratulating himself on destroying the country?


While they sit up their amongst the other gerontocracy (the old geezers who have nothing better to do than brag about how they and they alone know what's best for the country) the people out here in the real world, are watching the destruction of our country, bit by bit.
2010 has NOT been a year of 'forward progress' for the country. 2010 has been the year of watching the country slowly implode.

Posted by: momof20yo | December 23, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

The President is congratulating himself on destroying the country?


While they sit up their amongst the other gerontocracy (the old geezers who have nothing better to do than brag about how they and they alone know what's best for the country) the people out here in the real world, are watching the destruction of our country, bit by bit.
2010 has NOT been a year of 'forward progress' for the country. 2010 has been the year of slowly watching the country implode.

Posted by: momof20yo | December 23, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

CharlieTuna: you are one disturbed individual.

Obama deserves a holiday in his HOME state with lovely family.

Posted by: AlaskaMelts | December 23, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

I think that it costs the U.S. Taxpayer significantly LESS to fly the First Family to Hawaii than it has cost the U.S. Taxpayer during 8, now 9 years of the Bush "wars" in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Posted by: CentreOfNowhere1 | December 23, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Was this story really worthy of writing??

Posted by: BobbyYarush | December 23, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Since obama is being so successful, why doesn't he find his long form birth certificate while he is in his "supposed" birth place Hawaii?

Can you imagine how much money it cost the U.S. Taxpayer for this imposter and his ugly family to fly to Hawaii during the obama recession?

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | December 23, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

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