Obama Likely to Arrive in Hawaii Wednesday Night
December 21st, 2010
07:11 PM ET

Obama Likely to Arrive in Hawaii Wednesday Night

HONOLULU (CNN) - CNN has learned that federal officials here in Hawaii are planning for President Obama to arrive on the island of Oahu as early as Wednesday, when they are instituting a no-fly zone over this city.

The Federal Aviation Administration quietly issued an advisory Tuesday revealing it will institute a no-fly zone with a radius of 10 nautical miles around Honolulu from 5:15 PM local until 7:15 PM local time on Wednesday.

Honolulu is five time zones behind the East Coast so Obama could hold his scheduled signing ceremony of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell on Wednesday morning - and potentially hold a news conference - before leaving Washington early in the afternoon. He could still arrive in Hawaii for dinner with First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters, all of whom arrived Saturday ahead of the President.

White House officials would not confirm or deny that Obama will leave for vacation on Wednesday, and it is important to note that with Congress still in a lame duck session the schedule remains fluid and a departure time is not locked down until the President gives the final confirmation.

But with Congress poised to likely give Obama another victory on the New START Treaty, Obama has wrapped just about all of the key items on his agenda and all signs are pointing to the delayed vacation - which was supposed to begin Saturday - finally starting as early as Wednesday.

CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now is also reporting that on Tuesday morning the U.S. Coast Guard put in a temporary security zone around Kailua Bay, where the President and his family are renting a vacation home for the third consecutive year in connection with their annual holiday trip to the President's home state.

Last year, the Coast Guard instituted similar restrictions in the bay exactly one day before the President's arrival.

Officials have put up yellow buoys and any person crossing the restricted area faces fines of up to $32,000 and possible imprisonment of up to 25 years.

The FAA advisory, first obtained by Hawaii News Now, also notes there will be flight restrictions, but not a full no-fly zone, for 30 nautical miles around this city beginning Wednesday night through January 2. The First Family is expected to depart as early as Jan. 1.


Topics: Hawaii • President Obama • The News

soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. farfromleft

    Why doesn't Obama ever visit his home country on vacation?

    December 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
    • jo an

      Hawaii is a PLACE ABOVE AND BEYOND for sure...only one Republican in the State Senate...New governor is a Democrat ...we're lucky!

      December 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
      • John

        "you're lucky" to have one republican in the Hawaii Government? Tehre's no balance in the Hawaiian Government, hence their problems

        December 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
    • guy

      HURR DURR IM A CONSPIRACY NUT DURR DURR OBAMA DURRDURRRR

      December 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
    • TX Democrat

      The United States is his country and Hawaii is his home state...IDIOT!

      December 21, 2010 at 9:15 pm |
      • onehunglo

        you drank the kool aid

        December 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
    • PalinDURdur

      umm... he is. He's from the United States. Born in Hawaii. Hawaii is a province of the United States, thus, making the United States to be Obama's home country. It doesn't take genius to figure this out.

      December 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm |
      • John

        Obama wasn't born in Hawaii. Look it up, he isn't even a true American.

        December 21, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
      • hawaiimilitaryspouse

        hawaii is a STATE and has been since 1959 MORON. pick up a history book.

        December 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
      • Puablo

        Naturally you meant Hawaii is a STATE. An easy word to have a synonym for, but it seems like we have to be really specific some times with the crazy folk about. Next there will be someone saying Hawaii isn't an official state and "ZOMG his birth certificate is not from an actual state!"

        December 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
    • Peeps

      Is it Kenya or Indonesia? I do know he became a radicalized muslim in Indonesia, but I am pretty sure he is a kenyan by birth.

      December 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
      • ahyes

        A "peep" into your brain indicates that you are empty there. How many times do you have to be told, Obams is an American because Hawaii is a state and he also is a christian. Educate yourself Peeps, you might find the truth.

        December 22, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  2. tekbit

    If I were in the Frontal team of Migrating Birds I might wish to alter my Flight Plans.

    December 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  3. BGCMI

    I feel so SORRY for the OmamaOne! He hasn't had a vacation in weeks. I haven't had a vacation in a year! Too bad he's such a weenie! He should live here in MI! The Jennifer just blew the state away and dumped the economy into the sewer. No wonder she was not placed on his cabinet. Thank God!

    December 21, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
    • Geoffrey Sperl

      If you honestly think Granholm screwed the economy up, then you haven't been paying attention for the past 40 years. The writing was on the wall in the 1960s for Michigan, but too many people decided to turn a blind eye to it and drink the Big Three's Kool-Aid. So, keep blaming Granholm... but don't whine after you get lulled into complacency again and it all happens all over again. People like you, with your painfully short memories and incessant whining, need to move out of Michigan. Maybe then the rest of us can actually accomplish something.

      December 21, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
    • Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

      How many vacations did "W" take? Other than the fact he was always on "vacation?"

      December 22, 2010 at 7:50 am |
      • fayse

        Oh get over it ! Every President has vacationed. How many times did GWB visit Crawford, TX and Camp David?

        December 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  4. monte

    Flying around as much as Obama does just adds millions and millions and millions of dollars each flight to our debt ridden economy. Once again American Citizens tighten your belts. Oh BTW it doesn't refer to us in government.

    December 21, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
    • jo an

      Get a life...

      December 21, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
    • Shadow

      He doesn't care. He is just a pathetic igmo.

      December 21, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
      • fayse

        Yes the President does care very deeply and he is the one that faces the hatred each and every day. Why don't you come out of the shadows and do something to help you felloiw Americans rather than fill your self up with hate?

        December 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
    • Sue

      I recall Bush flying all over the WORLD just before he left office. What short memories – plus Bush spent half his time in Texas Hiding I assume

      December 21, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
      • colorado

        Bush vacationed either in TX or ME, the Clintons vacationed in the continental US. The Obama's vacation takes 3 planes x $185,00 per hour to operate, 10 hour flt from Washington to Oahu, that's 30 hours, plus return trip another 30 hours. You tally up how much the airfare costs the US taxpayers, it's astronomical. and that's just air costs.

        December 22, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  5. jo an

    Hawaii welcomes her native son! So much pride in Hawaii for Obama and his family!

    December 21, 2010 at 7:50 pm |
    • quiet1

      Funny stuff – Thanks

      December 21, 2010 at 8:04 pm |
    • Txg

      Thanks Hawaii!!!! For Nothing! Why don't you keep him!

      December 21, 2010 at 9:26 pm |
  6. carlos

    farfromleft
    ......and you should go to where you came from

    December 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
  7. Whyohwhy

    How many vacations is that for him? The weather is dumping on the whole nation and he jumps ship like a rat instead of duking it out with his fellow Americans. If he really American. Not sure. Save us some money and stop going on vacations.

    December 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
    • Kim

      It's raining out here in Hawaii too so why don't you just get a grip! The man can go anywhere he wants to vacation INCLUDING HIS BIRTHPLACE. Now go find something to do and quit complaining about nothing! Aloha and welcome home Mr. President!

      December 21, 2010 at 8:56 pm |
    • Darkestar

      What does the weather have anything to do with President Obama leaving to join his family for Christmas? You conspiracy nut jobs need to find a new hobby. Your ranting and raving over him was old the first day he was in office.

      December 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm |
    • TX Democrat

      Did you keep count of the number of vacations Bush took? BTW,what can President Obama do about the weather?

      December 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
      • Txg

        TX Dem ... your brain must be so small that you can not see the negative marketing impact of this trip. This is why Prez Oprah, oh sorry, Prez Obama is in so much trouble.

        December 21, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
      • onehunglo

        your an idiot. Obama has already matched Bushes vacation trips twice over in just 2 tears a apposed to 8. Dumb ass.

        December 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
    • Geoffrey Sperl

      I'm sure the Hawaiians are happy to hear that you don't think they are your fellow Americans.

      December 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm |
  8. Dale

    Wow... I thought there would be more "birther" conspiracy nuts commenting. Just one so far. Come on people! Have you already moved on to another half-baked conspiracy theory? Obama was born in Kenya, and every judge that has heard the case so far is in on the grand conspiracy!! OOoooor maybe it was Martians that put the birth announcements in the Hawaii newspapers 40 odd years ago. Or maybe it is the Elders of Zion that kept the case from ever going to court. Come on people, a significant proportion of American's (something like 20%) have fallen for the birther crap. So where are all you fools so I can entertain myself by mocking your stupidity?

    December 21, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
    • Jim

      How about this; it's Bush's fault.

      December 21, 2010 at 8:55 pm |
    • Txg

      Dale – Great post! What f–ing planet are you from? Get real!

      December 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
    • Puablo

      Priceless Dale, I love it. I think it's because the crazies have to come out in droves to make it sound like their nutty ideas are actually valid. Nobody who has the intelligence to say "I just don't like his policies" wastes time commenting on news stories. And now I just wasted time commenting on a news story...

      December 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
    • Kenny

      It was President Obama's parents that put the birth notice in the newspaper some 46 years ago so he would be able to prove where he was born when he ran for President.

      December 22, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  9. Jim

    ANOTHER vacation??? The country is in tatters and the President goes on ANOTHER vacation?? Just goes to show you...oh, they are talking about Obama and not Bush. Well then, have a nice relaxing vacation, Mr. President.

    December 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
    • ethan

      everyone deserves a holiday vacation, and btw he's going back to his hometown, idiot. go get a life...

      December 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
      • onehunglo

        KENYA I HIS HOME TOWN ASCCLOWN

        December 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  10. jane mclaughline

    You Americans are IGNORANT...You complain about everything...What is wrong with your President spending his Christmas break with his family in Hawaii...Get a life Guys....We in Canada cannot be bothered with your petty stuff....Hae a wonderful Christmas Obama ...

    December 21, 2010 at 8:40 pm |
  11. HS

    Hope he doesn't have to fly now and then post 2012. Hope you once agqain bring the illegals' naturalization DREAM act in congress, and I hope it puts an end to Democrats' rule in 2012.

    December 21, 2010 at 8:42 pm |
  12. A

    Too bad they cannot go to Spain again because of snow.

    December 21, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
  13. Nubia A.

    Much needed vacation for the Obama's. I wish them a joyful Christmas.

    December 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
    • onehunglo

      I hope they catch some didease or something

      December 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
      • fayse

        You are truly a pathetic human being.

        December 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  14. Shadow

    What a piece of crap this president is. 2012 can't get here fast enough. BTW obama will go down in history but as the worst president EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
    • JOE

      I LOVE TO READ STUFF LIKE THIS IT SHOWS HOW IGNORANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REALLY ARE. FOR THE EDUCATED OUT THERE OBAMA IS BEING COMPARED TO LINCOLN AND FDR NOT BAD COMPANY. BY THE WAY DEFIANTLY NOT ANYWAY NEAR THE WORST EVER BUT AFTER HIS SECOND TERM I BET AND WOULD BET THAT HE WILL BE CONSIDERED IN THE TOP 10 OF ALL TIME POSSIBLY EVEN THE TOP 5 DEPENDING ON A FEW FACTORS, THE GLOBAL WARMING ISSUE, IRAN AND GETTING OUT OF IRAQ AND AFGANISTAN.

      December 22, 2010 at 8:47 am |
    • fayse

      Wrong, wrong and wrong again. This President has done an tremdous amont of good things for the American people in spite of the Republican opposition.

      December 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  15. David

    For a person who spent a lot of time bashing corporations for holding meeings in Las Vegas because its perspection was too luxe its amazing that he can easily spend our money to constantly send himself to a rather luxe destination...

    December 21, 2010 at 8:52 pm |
    • Kenny

      "Lexe. destination?" I thought it was called going home since it is his place of birth. As I recall many former Presidents went to their homes for vacations. Why should it be consider a luxery vacation for President Obama to go to his home for a vacation? He has worked hard and deserves a vacation so STFU and leave the man alone. People have griped about his every move since he was sworn into office while he has done nothing any different from previous Presidents except be Black. Now I know 50 million people are going to scream that I am playing the race card but if you look at the situation from the outside, you will see that this President has been hammered hard for everything he has done that was no different from other Presidents and every excuse in the world has been offered. None of them holds water. They are all BS and the racist fools making these false claims are just as full of it too. No one hit the ceiling when President Clinton went to India or when President spent Christmas in Crawford, Texas or when Nixon went home to California for weekends of holidays and when President Carter went home to Plains, Ga. It is different when this Black President uses those same resources once used only by "White Men". So many people really can't accept our Black President making use of something they reserved as for use of a world leader. Well people, he is looked upon as a world leader just like every other President before him. His biggest fight to be accepted as a world leader is not coming from around the world but from the few racist Americans that refuse to accept being lead by a Black Man. They might as well get over it and get ready for their heart attack because within the next 50 years America will have its first female President or its second multi-cultural or multi racial President. He or she will be born American but with a foreign heritage so Republicans and all haters should go home and chill because it is coming. You have now been warned and advised in advance by a young white Republican male.

      December 21, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
      • colorado

        Obama is 1/2 black, 1/2 white, which makes him mulatto. Let's just get it right and call him our first mulatto president.

        December 22, 2010 at 8:10 am |
      • JOE

        OK LET ME SY THIS LOAD AND CLEAR THE CRAZY RIGHT HATES OBAMA SO BAD BECAUSE EVERYTHING THEY HAVE DONE IN THE PAST 30 YEARS IS BEING PROVEN WRONG!!!!!!!!!! TRICKLE DOWN ECONMICS FAILURE. OBAMA IS WHAT REAGAN WAS A TRANSFORMATIONAL PRESIDENT AND THIS DRIVES THE RIGHT CRAZY.

        December 22, 2010 at 8:51 am |
      • urallidiots

        You are an idiot. Because he's black? What kind of racist stupidity is that? People hate him because he is a smug, sanctimonious, elitist, and narcissistic socialist with no leadership skills or experience and a room temperature IQ. He is an unmitigated disaster, a raging failure and the absolute worst President ever. The only persons truly happy to see him in office is Carter because he is no longer the worst ever.

        December 22, 2010 at 9:00 am |
      • pplgetagrip

        Bush took way more vacations than Obama, yet everytime this man leaves out the door people are commenting on it. I'm sorry but he is allowed to leave for the holiday. I'm also sick of eveyone saying "playing the race card" okay if its not that then what is it?? This man has been in office for 2 years and everyone is having a fit. But we gave Bush 8 long years and he did a lot of damange. No one has experience being the POTUS you get it once you get in. He has been running around trying to fix the mess that was made before him, fight against a party that only cares about the rich and deal with problems within his own party.

        Next this whole elitist thing is old...so what he graduated with a degree from Harvard. Would you rather him have a degree that took him 6 years to get like Sarah Palin. He's a socialist how? because he wants the middle class to thrive, do people really understand what's at stake if the middle class fails? So if that makes him a socialist then GO Obama! This man and his family have been disrespected in ways that no one even dare to with Bush and that man ruined the country. The only reason I can see for this is he's black.

        December 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  16. chel

    Good to have a smart president. Bill and Bama, the two best prez in my life time.

    December 21, 2010 at 8:55 pm |
    • Txg

      I agree with you on Bill. I do not on Prez Oprah/Obama. We needed Hillary!

      December 21, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
    • onehunglo

      Dumb shit

      December 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  17. Matt

    He's on vacation more than he is in the White House.

    December 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
    • Puablo

      You meant the last president. We have a new one now.

      December 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  18. Ray L

    Dear Obama Family, Welcome back to visit Hawaii ohana. Have a nice Christmas and New Year! Aloha and Mahalo!! Mele Kaliki Maka !!!

    December 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  19. Faisal

    he's going to need more than hawaii to get his mind off all the problems he has allowed to persist, and failing to stand on the rock of salvation

    December 21, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
    • Darkestar

      That he's allowed to persist?!! You mean the problems that the REPUBLICANS have allowed to persist, because if it hadn't been for the REPUBLICANS stance of NO!, things might actually be better for all of us. Granted, not everything that was signed into law is the best that it can be, but Obama has, at the very least, done his best. You right-wingers need to get off your high horse and stop complaining about it and do something about it. Either that or shut up and go away.

      December 21, 2010 at 9:23 pm |
  20. Steve

    His 'Home-State' is Hawaii????? Why the heck was he a Senator from Illinois???? Suppose Hawaii couldn't 'verify' his place of birth either, LMAO !!

    December 21, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
    • Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

      And Texas was "W's" home state? No, it was his resident state. Bush was born in Connecticut, but after his grandfather's antics the family had to leave there and set-up shop elsewhere.

      Besides, would you rather spend Christmas in Chicago's cold weather or Hawaii's "cold" weather?

      December 22, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  21. InHawaii

    He's already here... I got kicked out of the gym on the marine corps base because he wanted to workout... well guess what, so do I Mr. President, so do I.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:14 pm |
  22. Clay O Worth III

    how no court order so you Run Home Run Run Run Away. No Balls, sad really. Guess You Can't Handle Presser.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
  23. PalinDURdur

    Obama... still awesome.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
    • onehunglo

      As awesome as the last shit I took

      December 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  24. ps

    This is his 10th vacation this year

    December 21, 2010 at 9:22 pm |
  25. ed

    I could care less if he claims Hawaii, Illinois, DC, Kenya, or Indonesia as his home as long as he is not re-elected I will be happy.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
    • Txg

      Finally! A voice of reason. Well said and so to the point!

      December 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm |
      • onehunglo

        He won't be re-elected

        December 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  26. Jim

    The "mental micro midgets" in America never fail to give me a laugh. They just wallow in their loathing and hate. They hate everyone and take responsibility for nothing.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm |
  27. Eric

    Is this the Hyperinflation Tour 2010?!

    December 21, 2010 at 9:34 pm |
  28. Scipio Africanus

    obama really doesnt take too many vacations, and those of you who say that it is ridiculous for him to go on leave when there are so many problems; two things. One, it is not only Obama who is on a short break, but every other politician, and thus nothing truly productive can be done (I am sure his time in Hawaii will not be all leisure). Secondly, when is the president not faced with a lot of problems and when is the country not in"tatters" from somebody's perspective?

    December 21, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
  29. JEFF

    WITH ALL THE MONEY SPENT TO DECORATE THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THE HOLIDAYS WHY DON'T THE OBAMAS
    STAY IN D.C. FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

    December 21, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
    • Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

      And after all the money wasted by "W," how many times did he stay in DC? He was always at Crawford, especially when the fit hit the shan, which was almost regularly.

      December 22, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  30. ak

    obama is the best president ever

    December 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
    • TOTAL FACTS

      On a level with whom – Richard Nixon?

      December 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  31. michael

    Happy happy joy joy!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  32. Jan

    Have a safe trip and a Merry Christmas Mr President. Enjoy your vacation and you beautiful family.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
    • onehunglo

      Hope the plane does not crash

      December 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
    • TOTAL FACTS

      What's the matter with you? BEAUTIFUL FAMILY. Do you spend most of your day looking down the holes of a three holer?

      December 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  33. Zapman

    Mr. President, weather not so hot today and more tomorrow. Surf up on the North Shore. When should I come
    for the barbeque?

    December 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  34. shorna

    Gosh!! Does it matter?should he not vacation?for Petes sake don't everyone take vacation from work with their family? Oh I guess its because its obama, its a problem.gd lord get a life!!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  35. Cap-man

    Michelle Obama knows where Barrack was born:

    December 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  36. Matt

    Tell him to find a copy of his birth certificate while he is there.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
    • fayse

      his birth certificate has already been vetted and proven by the Courts. He was born in Hawaii. Do you think for one moment if he really wasn't that John McCain and the rest of the Republican Party would have ever let that go? Get over it, and stop listening to Fox New they are pickling your brain.

      December 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  37. onehunglo

    Who wants to see naked pictures of obamas mom?

    December 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
    • TOTAL FACTS

      Or his big reared wife, Michelly.

      December 21, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
    • fayse

      you are disgusting, where would you come up with an idea like that? Shame on you, would you want someone to say that about your mother?

      December 22, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  38. evando missouri

    It is good that President Obama is celebrating the Christmas holiday in Hawaii the 50th state, the place of his birth on this Christian holiday.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  39. dreambcg

    I lived in Maui many years, and my son grew up there and still lives in Lahaina. He voted for you (of course!) and hopes you will spend some time there and visit your Maui supporters. President Obama, you are a courageous, hard working man. You and your family have the time of your life!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  40. TOTAL FACTS

    OH BUT, He has Whoopi Goldberg, Joy BePoot and Sherry, plus Barbara in his corner. He can't do anything wrong. THE PROBLEM IS JUST WHAT HAS HE DONE EXCEPT SPEND OVER TEN TRILLION DOLLARS OF TAX PAYER'S MONEY. His health package will more than triple that in the next decade. He wants the smart treaty signed and this will give away the last power the U.S. Military has. He is planning on reducing the all voluntary army's pay. He has already set up medicare and medicaid to fail. But the African Americans and some White African Americans think he is the grandest thing that ever walked. WHO IS GOING TO CHALLENGE HIM IN 2012. THE AAS AND THE MEDIA ARE TRYING TO DESTROY THE ONLY TRUE CHALLENGER THAT COULD TAKE THE PRESIDENCY AWAY FROM HIM. THAT IS PALIN. SHE HAS MY VOTE AND I HOPE AND PRAY THE REST OF AMERICA HAS THE SAME VALUES. PALIN 2012

    December 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
    • fayse

      All that ! can say about Palin is , Oh My God !!! this ignorant woman will never see the inside of the White House so, go ahead and throw your vote away.

      December 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  41. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Dale; about the STUPID 'birther' comment you made, I suppose they must be the same Elders of Zion THAT KEPT BUSH, CHENEY, RUMSFELD AND THE REST OF THE WAR CRIMINALS FROM EVER GOING TO COURT! HATER!! Those clowns claim to be 'BORN IN THE USA'! Look at how they left us! AT LEAST THE ELDERS ARE BEING FAIR & BALANCED! AlI you FOOLS need to stop with that birther shit! If OBAMA was born outside of the UNITED STATES, IT CERTAINLY DIDN'T MAKE HIM A 'CRIMINAL'! Oh, and nobody kept questioning McCAINS' birthplace!!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  42. powlenn@yahoo

    How do u manage to save us fr the biggest recession of all time...wid no help fr da right. How do you do dat $@*±?! ho do you do dat $@*±?!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  43. Puablo

    I'm all for a guy visiting his home state and all for the holidays, that's fine, but I think he ought to stick around until this session of Congress ends so he can sign some more bills, like, just to mention one in particular... 9/11 first responders' health care! If some people want to whine and cry and say they can't vote on it because it's almost-but-not-yet-Christmas, I think the President should stick around and say "I'm still here, what's your excuse?" Hopefully he still does that, and this is a story about nothing... but we'll see.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
  44. Concerned Citizen

    Why is Obama spending more time traveling then he is being our president. It's pretty sad when people across the country are having a hard time buying gifts this holiday season and Obama is taking his lovely family on trips across the world. What is wrong with that picture? What kind of change is he bringing to our great Nation.....

    December 21, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
  45. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @farfromleft, I agree with Carlos, you do need to go back to where you came from! BUT DO KNOW THIS, IF YOU CLOWNS EVER 'STUFF' ANOTHER REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION BACK IN WASHINGTON, JUST STAND 'THE FRACK' BY! You will be 'LEFT'!!

    December 21, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
  46. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @ed, GET A LIFE! DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH, OK? THERE ARE STILL SOME INTELLIGENT FOLK LEFT IN AMERICA!!

    December 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm |
  47. Kenny

    Enjoy your Christmas vacation Mr. President. You are entitled to it and deserve it.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  48. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @TX Democrat; you got that right!

    December 21, 2010 at 11:24 pm |
  49. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @jo an; thank you! There are many of us here in GEORGIA who feel the same way about this PRESIDENT! We too, are PROUD OF HIM!

    December 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  50. DerrickAnthony

    NO MATTER WHAT THIS BLACK MAN AND HIS FAMILY DOES, IT WILL BE A PROBLEM WITH WHITE RACIST PEOPLE WHO CANNOT DEAL WITH THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE THE MOST EDUCATED AND INTELLIGENT COUPLE, EVER TO RULE THIS COUNTRY.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:41 pm |
  51. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Jim; Oh no, I'm still talking about BUSH! How can I forget? THIS NATION IS STILL SUFFERING THROUGH THE SIDE EFFECTS CAUSED BY THE BUSH REGIME! Some tend to forget; even try to act like BUSH never happened, but I won't forget! WE STILL HAVEN'T HAD CLOSURE! And yes, according to the haters on the blogs, and most of the media, the country will remain 'in tatters' as long as you build your views on the poison they spew! ALL NEGATIVE ON EVERYTHING; NO POSITIVE ON ANYTHING! That's right, MERRY CHRISTMAS! OBAMA!

    December 21, 2010 at 11:51 pm |
  52. evol 1

    Mr President! To you and your family I wish you all a very merry and resftful christmas vacation! Now to every one who makes a negetive comment, call the Prez idiot and wish the plane crash! I want to say to all of you, you all are a bunch of racist, low life retards who need to be expelled from these united states even if you were born here because you guys are the real problems! And am talking to white or black racist. Now it does not matter how much you all hate the fact the He is our President but it is what it is and you all will have to live with 6 more years with him as Leader, after that another 8 years with a female President hopefully maybe Oprah or the first lady! And then after that Obama runs again and get back to moving America ahead into a future where all people will see each others as fellow humans! By then all the haters and racist will be dead and place 6 feet under and there off spring will be living in another country and not the great and mighty USA! BHO will go down as one of the best Prez ever in america history! Merry christmas to all peace and people loving americans and world people! Lennon said it many years ago and it still rings true! Love is all the world need4 now!!! Evol1.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:15 am |
  53. evol 1

    I want to correct my grammatical error, not there, but their offspring! That's it. Evol1.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:27 am |
  54. done with them all

    obama is from Kenya you idiots and the Dems are from hell, so what is wrong with the anti-christ going on another vacation, just another waste of our tax dollars.

    December 22, 2010 at 5:40 am |
    • Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

      You either have to put down the hookah before posting or stop quoting Glenn Beck or BOTH!

      December 22, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  55. Gil

    Thank you Mr. president. Working with the Party of No, doom and gloom has been difficult, but we appreciate your hard work and patience. Enjoy Christmas and Ba Humbug to the repulsive republicans and their nut case followers!

    December 22, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  56. ehwilson429

    Will Obama pay his own way since he already set a previous jet out?
    these freebies need to stop for all prezzies and memebers of the discredited congress.

    December 22, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  57. King

    These people blogging about the president vacation is either twisted in their minds or racist as he'll, is this president taking vacations that every other president didn't take. I recalled that bush spent more time in a ranch than he Actually spent in office. This vacationing stuff comes with the most challenging job in existence. We need a president that is not stressed out and to make clear and concise decision for the good of over 300 million Americans, these vacations will rejuvinaate his mind and keep him competent throughout the rest of his term. I know you might say you need a vacation too, but you don't have the responsibilities of the world on your shoulders

    December 22, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  58. Debby

    Hey King we didn't pay for Bush's vacation he owned his ranch in Texas. The problem with the Obama's is they take these lavish vacations at our taxpayers expense.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:05 am |
    • fayse

      Just how do you know if any of what you are saying is true? I doubt that you have any inside information to back this up.

      December 22, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  59. Hanna

    Why is it such a problem for Obama to spend Christmas with his family? People,seriously you need to get lives. I find it amusing how most Americans and people in general complain about how Obama is to blame for the bad economy when in reality he's stuck in the backlash of the Bush Administration. Do your research and understand that a lot of presidents were stuck in the same situation. Americans in general are just materialistic,homophobic racists. Obama is American and he was voted into office,get over it and try to do something about the economy and American life instead of complaining about it! As far as I'm concerned all Americans aren't even "American's" you weren't orignally from here Native Americans were and I find it ridiculous how uneducated people from the US are about Native Americans culture. So people before you holler around about how "Obama shouldn't vacation" you should look at what time of year it is. Lowlife losers.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  60. onehunglo has AIDS

    Onehunglo was the racist white supremacist on the Jerry Springer with full blown AIDS. Damn I thought you you would be DEAD by now!! What a shame!!

    December 22, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  61. FedUp

    Who cares????

    December 22, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  62. mark

    Why am I always amazed at the number of idiots that post. You know who you are. idiots.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  63. Cameron's Grandmother

    It's funny how so many people on this page are so negative and racist.The world will be a better place if we just was nice to one another. Is that the christian way. It is the holiday season and in oneway or another we all will be celebrating Christmas with our family why shouldn't the President.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  64. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Kenny; thanks, for your intelligently, beautifully worded comments I agree with every word of every one of them. I HOPE THE 'REAL ANTI-CHRISTS' READ THEM, AND ARE DECIDING TO HEED YOUR WARNING! They have to be against GOD; with the way these 'anti-christs' have been acting! PEOPLE OF GOD/CHRIST DON'T, OR AT LEAST WON'T ALLOW THIS MUCH VENOM TO COME OUT OF THEIR MOUTHS; AND IF THIS POISON IS TRULY COMING FROM THEIR HEARTS, THEY SHOULD BE ON THEIR KNEES, BEGGING FOR FORGIVENESS! WHO'S THE ANTI-CHRIST, NOW?!?

    December 22, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  65. cap_truth

    CNN censored my post – when Michelle Obama states in a speech that BHO' home was Kenya.

    Where's the Birth Certificate?

    December 22, 2010 at 9:45 am |
    • Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

      The Supreme Court, a conservative Supreme Court, ruled on this and doesn't side with you or are we to believe they were under the spell of the voodoo men in Kenya as well?

      December 22, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  66. jay

    PRESIDENT OBAMA is an highly INTELLIGENT man, with a GREAT deal of COURAGE who has an unconditional love for his COUNTRY and EVERYONE in it!!!! LOVE even for all those ignorant, stupid RACIST Americans!! I'm PROUD, and BLESSED to have such a GREAT man leading me!!

    December 22, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  67. Notarichboy

    Thank Goodness, I am so glad to know that he now gets to go on his vacation. Now I can quit worrying about it!!

    December 22, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  68. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Total Facts; YES THEY ARE A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY! EL STUPO! You are a foul-mouthed lunatic! YOU ARE JUST EVIL! You have the audacity to talk about MICHELLES' body parts! You must be spending your day looking down that 'three holer' yourself! There are many women who would all but die for a body shape like hers; AND MOST REAL MEN LIKE THAT KIND! WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM?

    December 22, 2010 at 10:21 am |
    • Net

      I'm not criticizing her body shape or her looks, but speaking on my preferences as a male I don't look for the Jlo butt. I'm so sick of seeing it everywhere and the padding products designed to give women that look. I refer to it as a jiffy pop butt, because it's only a matter of time until it explodes. Jlo's did.

      What's wrong with women having a normal butt? Why does everything have to be big booty now?

      December 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  69. IND

    for all you conservatives who say Obama will go down as the worse president remeber this he will have to beat Bush for that title. You guys are so blinded by partisanship. Your partisanship hurts this country more than Obama ever could

    December 22, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  70. Alice

    I just love it when people pull the race card on behalf of the two biggest racists who ever resided in the White House. Convenient how they forget that Barry and Shelly sat in a hate-filled racist church for 20 years.

    December 22, 2010 at 11:46 am |
    • fayse

      Please learn some manners and get some respect in your life. That is the President of the United States and the First Lady. He was elected to the office by the Majority of the people. The Republicans and Fox News have been poisoning American for two years now wiith their hate filled lies.

      December 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
      • Net

        I agree with your attitude, but I would imagine you share that because he's a president you voted for. I did not care for Bush but I still respected the office the man worked in.

        There's a reason that people go into this office with a head of dark hair and come out gray. It's already happened to Obama and it's been two years. They deal with issues that would send most other people under the bed for a few years.

        Either you respect the office of the President no matter who is in it, or you do not. If you are going to ask for respect for the President and First Lady, then it's all of them or none, whether you personally voted for them or you did not. Not just the ones that it's convenient to like.

        That's why it drives me nuts when I see "Shrub" or "Obummer" on these boards. People instantly destroy all credibility when they cannot grow past the sixth grade and respectfully refer to the person in office by their real name.

        December 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  71. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @urallidiots, YOU HATE HIM FOR WHAT? Don't you EVEN think that we will fall for all that HOGWASH! Who IN the world could have been more narcissistic, sanctimonious, elitist, and smug than GEORGE BUSH and DICK CHENEY? JIMMY CARTER was not the worse president, GEORGE W BUSH was! AND THE ONLY LEADERSHIP SKILLS THAT 'DUMMY' SHOWED US WAS HOW TO STAGE REASONS TO START WAR! He and CHENEY lied hard to get it done, too! FOR THEM WAR EQUALS WEALTH! That's all they cared about! THEY DIDN'T EVEN WANT BIN LADEN!

    December 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  72. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Alice; you've got to be kidding! You believe that BARACK 'Barry' and MICHELLE 'SHELLY' are the 'biggest racists to ever reside in the WHITEHOUSE, HUH? That's such an ASSININE, HIDEOUS thing to say; but you're not the only racist in denial on the blogs, so go right ahead with your slander and lies! You've got to hide yourselves some way! THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS TO FLIP THE SCRIPT ISN'T IT? By the way, how many KKK, ARYAN, and TEAPARTY meetings have you and the of the haters on the blog been sitting in?

    December 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  73. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @colorado; you can't get that any straighter than it is! BARACK H OBAMA is black, OK? Don't even go there! NOT THIS TIME! If he wasn't PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, his white mother never would have even been acknowledged! If my memory serves me right, he was ONE of only a few BLACK senators, if not the ONLY one! Now, since he's president, all of sudden, some of you all want to claim his mothers' whiteness, and call him half-white or mullato! YOU FOLK CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS! OH, HE'S BLACK ALRIGHT! OK!?

    December 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm |
  74. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @colorado; Hey! BLACK AMERICANS were taught real well about our blackness, by the way we were treated by WHITE AMERICANS. We were also told by THEM, that if a white womans' baby had as much as ONE DROP of black blood flowing in his veins, the child would be labeled and grow up as BLACK! So don't go trying to change it now! OBAMA has more than just a DROP; he has half blood of a pure BLACK MAN from KENYA! Most BLACK AMERICANS AREN'T CLOSE TO BEING THAT PURE BLACK! We're the ones who've been RACIALLY DILUTED!

    December 22, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  75. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    To you bloggers who keep hating on this president and his family going on vacation like EVERY other president has done, I think you're the most RACIST, EVIL-HEARTED so-called AMERICANS, since BEFORE the CIVIL WAR! You're still holding on to your 'old slavery time mentality' that OBAMA'S GOT TO KEEP WORKING LIKE A HEBREW SLAVE, TO SATISFY YOU! He's supposed to stay in DC and keep working on through the holidays, even though EVERYBODY else is gone home! 'OMG! HE'S THE PRESIDENT' and should set the example!!

    December 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  76. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    Some have had the audacity to claim that OBAMA ought to stay and work, since the country is in 'such bad shape'! If PRESIDENT OBAMA had decided to stay in WASHINGTON during the holidays, got some of the members of CONGRESS to stay with him to work, they hadn't supported any of his ideas or followed his example all this while! So what makes you think they'd get anything passed during these last days of the year? LEAVE THE MAN ALONE WILL YA', EVIL ONES? LET THE MAN GO ON VACATION IN PEACE! MY GOODNESS!!

    December 22, 2010 at 9:13 pm |
  77. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Debby; you said BUSH OWNED his ranch in CRAWFORD. Well they may be so, but who paid for AIRFORCE ONE to take him there? You and no one else on this blog knows what the OBAMAS own in HAWAII! You don't know what they may have purchased or what was even left to him by his late grandmother; but I do know this, most people lease or rent their places to live or vacate when they don't own! I CAN ASSURE YOU, OBAMA'S PAYING HIS OWN RENT OR MORTGAGE, BUYING HIS OWN FOOD AND CLOTHES! HE GETS A SALARY, OK? YOU'RE NOT!

    December 22, 2010 at 9:37 pm |
  78. Realial

    I have never seen so much negatives toward President Obama,.and guess what he does not give a s....hit. More power to him,,you empy vessels...get some intelligence and realize that this man has done 100 times more than any president in office in his first 2 years..becuase he is a black president..those white, racist fools do not want to give him the credit he deserves but as I said he does not give a shit...so get a hernia throwing rocks at him!

    December 23, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  79. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Realial; You are RIGHT! They are a hateful, EVIL BUNCH! I don't think MR & MRS WILLIE LYNCH, nor MR & MRS JIM CROWE and their offspring will ever give up the ghost! HOWEVER, I've found that there are SOME, who have gathered up their things, collected their thoughts, got some intelligence, made some amends, offered their assistance to the cause, 'THE CHANGE', said 'YES WE CAN'!, just like we did. They DENOUNCED that 'stinking thinking' of their parents, grand and great-grands and are STANDING RIGHT WITH US!

    December 24, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  80. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND I PERSONALLY THANK YOU SO MUCH. I THANK ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE TAKEN A TRUE STAND FOR AMERICA. WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ONE, BY NOW! ONE FOR ALL; ALL FOR ONE! THANK YOU FOR SEEING BEYOND THE SMOKESCREENS OF HATE AND CONFUSION!

    December 24, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  81. Dan Reilly

    Hin mann if dis guy Hawaiian how come him Grand ma say he born Kenya ! Maybe she no tell truth !! Hum ,, All grand ma's tell truth ! Notty Boy ..

    April 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  82. Dan Reilly

    Him Born dere dey den must be real birth paper >> Wy day hid it ?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm |