HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) - Ed Henry unveiled his, um, dance moves during CNN Newsroom's Stakeout segment today. He joined other members of the White House press corps and some White House staffers who took part in a Hawaiian tradition at the Moana Surfrider on Waikiki Beach on Monday. At least he had the presence of mind not to wear a hula skirt.
HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) – I thought it was funny when The Washington Post joined various CNN anchors in teasing me about creating "something of a brand covering [President] Obama's vacations."
In a tongue-in-cheek piece, the Post's Perry Bacon wrote that I've been trading the "traditional news correspondent garb of a suit and tie for a seemingly endless variety of multi-colored Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops."
OK fine, you've got to be able to laugh at yourself. And what's wrong with injecting a little fun into live reports?
That's why I used to scoop up big belt buckles in Texas to cover then-President Bush's vacations in the sleepy town of Crawford. Now that a new president has brought us to a more exotic locale, the last thing I want to do is look like Richard Nixon and wear dress pants and wing-tip shoes to the beach.
But then I stopped laughing this morning when one of my colleagues at another network asked me in a semi-serious tone, "Did you see that editorial about you in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser?"
I thought he was joking until he handed over the offending newspaper editorial with the headline, "Reporting live, in my Hawaiian shirt."
The short, kind-of-whimsical editorial wondered aloud whether there's a downside to Obama having his annual holiday vacation on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in the tiny town of Kailua, about a 30-minute drive from the tourist-friendly Waikiki Beach that you see in our live shots.
President Obama's second year in office has been a year of ups and downs, from getting health care passed to a "shellacking" in the midterms. White House producers and photojournalists share images from the year that capture the most memorable moments from 2010.
This gallery, as a well as this great story by John Helton, can be found on CNN Politics.