Obama's last minute Holiday shopping trip
December 21st, 2011
03:56 PM ET

Obama's last minute Holiday shopping trip

With Christmas only four days away, President Obama did some last-minute holiday shopping escaping the legislative stalemate in Congress over the payroll tax extensions.

The president took first dog Bo with him to visit an Alexandria, Virginia shopping center.

First stop: PetSmart – where Bo checked out a small poodle named "Cinnamon," according to its owner.

On the same day the White House website asked "what does $40 mean to you?" the president spent $41 for a rubber chew toy and a large bone.

His next stop: Best Buy – where the president said, "this [stop] is for the girls now." After browsing games in the Wii section, he settled on Just Dance 3 for first daughters Sasha and Malia.

"The girls beat me every time on these dance games," the president said. "But you'll never get a picture of me (playing) because I get graded F every time."

His total bill came to almost $200 for the dance game, the Sims 3 Pets video game and two $50 Apple gift cards. As he pulled out his credit card at the big box store the president joked, "Let's see if my credit card still works."

All that shopping can leave a president hungry, so stop #3: a local pizzeria where he purchased three large pizzas to-go.

Grand total: The president spent nearly $300 on his last-minute shopping trip.

First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters are already in Hawaii on vacation. Hopefully, they have been busy enjoying the beach and not reading online about their famous father's shopping excursion! Gifts are so much better when they are a surprise.


Topics: Christmas • President Obama • The Family

soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. Rsprings

    He should have gone to Wall Mart where most average people shop.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • getoffit

      Just shut up. I don't make a ton of money, but did a lot of my Christmas shopping at Best Buy...and some at PetSmart too. People just need a reason to complain.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • Rsprings

        Actually, I was making a joke. You obviously didn't get it. Goggle people of wallmart..you'll laugh.

        December 22, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • Steve

      No, shopping at WalMart is not going to win any fans among his base.

      I clicked on the story hoping that he did NOT shop there.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/12/22/bo-shipped-hawaii-obamas-photo-op/

        BO hijacked Michelle's Plane and came back for Photo Op....

        Somebody needs to control the White House DOG!

        Check it out!

        BO comes back to BHO,,,,

        Sort of like a Lassie Story for us poor folks! (wink)....

        Did Lassie bite that Commie Soros in the Leg?????

        December 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • GAPeach1951

      I'm an average person who does not shop at Wal*Mart.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
      • TuffT

        Chances are your not average but more than likely a bit snobbish.

        December 22, 2011 at 11:05 am |
      • Rsprings

        You should try it. If you are grocery shopping you'll find Wall mart to be significantly cheaper than the chain supermarkets. NO I don't work for Wall mart. Yes, I do have a very nice income but still like to stretch my money.

        December 22, 2011 at 11:07 am |
      • Sunflower

        You couldn't PAY ME to buy meat at a super Wal-Mart. I tried twice and both times the meat had a strong, peculiar stench. Disgusting. It was also a very un-natural shade of red. I threw it all out and never went back... So I buy NO groceries at Wal-Mart. Just hardware and such...

        December 22, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Balls McGhee

      i wish he went to a local store where the money was spent on goods made in America and not unsafe Chinese products.

      December 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
      • fo

        give him a break...................shop whereever yu like

        December 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
      • Charlie

        Why, nothing made in the US of A anymore except pizza and burgers.

        December 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
      • Rsprings

        Dear Balls....next time you buy something at Best Buy check out where it is made. You'l be surprised how much is made in China or elsewhere in Asia.

        December 22, 2011 at 11:03 am |
      • missy

        Do you do all your shopping at local shops that only sell American-made products?

        December 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
      • bhibsen

        Hey, I LIKE pizza and burgers! (Not together, that's even too unhealthy for me!) The best shopping should take place at locally owned stores so your money stays in your local community. In some cases this is prohibitively expensive or just not possible because of lack of availability of goods, but when possible, that is the way to go. DOWN WITH CHAIN RESTARAUNTS!

        December 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Kris

      Normal people shop at Petsmart and Best Buy too.

      December 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
      • geraldjones

        Obama needs another photo op. It would help him more if he weren't on vacation 24-7

        December 22, 2011 at 4:06 am |
      • Jessica

        Gerald clearly doesn't know that George Bush took more vacation in his first 4 years than any President in history, even in 8.

        December 22, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Christian Garcia

      the media didn't respect the privacy of the president, when he went to shop for the holiday. They just ruined the privacy of christmas shopping and they spoiled the surprice gift for their daughter.

      December 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
      • bhibsen

        Yeah, I agree. They should not have published what he bought the kids. If they wanted to publish it on Monday that would have been fien, Sunday even, but come on, don't spoil the surprise!

        December 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
      • sg0302

        I agree. They shouldn't have listed the things he purchased. They ruined the surprise.

        December 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
      • jasonalta

        Give me a break people. Obama DID NOT WANT PRIVACY when he went on this photo-op. It was completely staged; he knew they follow him wherever he goes and would report it. On top of that, Obama has said multiple times before that his family does not give out Christmas presents.
        This man will go to any lengths with his fakeness to be reelected.

        December 23, 2011 at 3:03 am |
      • Roy Clark

        Doubt that the teenage girls read or blog on CNN

        December 23, 2011 at 3:51 am |
    • jnpa

      I'm an average person and I HATE Walmart!!!!

      December 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      I don't shop at WalMart because of the way they treat their employees and because of the "WalMart effect" that happens whenever they move into a neighborhood: Locally-owned small business go out of business and lay off employees. That, along with the crummy wages and lack of benefits WalMart gives its employees, results in a higher usage of local social services, which strain the system. In the end, WalMart gets more customers because everyone is poorer.

      Gee, I wonder if that's been their strategy all along?

      December 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
      • Thinkagain

        Dude you stole my name.

        December 22, 2011 at 8:41 am |
      • Rsprings

        You have bought into the Union party line.. Would you say the same about Home Depot, Costco or Sam's Club? The fact is local economies prosper from tax revenue generated by Wall Mart. Lower income people are able to stretch their dollars and people without skills are able to get jobs. Yes the all don't make 100K per year but you won't at the local mom and pop shop either. Wall Mart's have become anchors for shopping centers which include small businesses competing for he same customers. I live in an area where there are two wall marts within driving distance. I see no evidence that Wall mart is harming small business, I see exactly the opposite.

        December 22, 2011 at 11:17 am |
      • Jessica

        Rsprings – More Wal Mart employees are on public assistance than any other company. They actually encourage it. You really need to do basic research.

        December 22, 2011 at 11:24 am |
      • Liutgard

        WalMart destroys local small businesses by undercutting their prices. Once they're gone , WalMart raises their prices again.We lose businesses, jobs, and for nothing.

        One of my students worked for WalMart for awhile, when her husband was in the service.Apparently WalMart pays their people so poorly (and keeps their on-the-clock hours just below the level at which they'd be eligible for benefits) that they hand out foodstamp/Medicaid application forms with their new employee info. What does this mean? It means that we, the taxpayers, are subsidizing WalMart's profits.

        December 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
      • jasonalta

        Wal-Mart gets a bad wrap. They are just like any other place of employment, and they pay actually a little better than other retail outlets. It is brainwashed morons who hear the mantra about them being so evil that actually buy into that. They happen to be better and smarter than the competition– and if it weren't for the hordes of people who shop there, they wouldn't do so well. To me that is a GOOD THING that they charge low prices, not a bad thing idiots. Mom and pop shops go out of business because they charge an arm and a leg.

        December 23, 2011 at 3:06 am |
      • ckzee

        @resprings and jessica. I read a recent report out of University of California/Berkeley about Walmart's negative impact on California's economy due to public assistance services needed for its employees/families...about $85,000,000 from the state budget for these working poor. It's difficult to sing them praises.

        December 25, 2011 at 12:56 am |
    • Popejon

      Rsprings, are you an idiot? Bestbuy has better deals then Walmart. At least he didn't shop at Tiffany's and run up a huge unpaid bill like good old Newt....

      December 22, 2011 at 12:45 am |
      • bhibsen

        Not that I am a fan of Newt, however, he does not have a huge unpaid bill. He has a revolving line of credit. He carries a balance, however, he is not in default.

        December 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
      • bhibsen

        My mistake, actually, he does not even have the line of credit any longer. It was paid in full and closed, but there is no evidence that it was ever in default. The issue was related to his talk about deficits when he at one time had considerable debt (In the range of 200,000 to 1 million) to Tiffany's, which sells no necessities. The other issue was his ability to relate to the average American if he can afford to be regularly purchasing at Tiffany, a high end jewelry purveyor.

        December 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
      • jasonalta

        Really? This 17-day trip to Hawaii that the "first family" is doing right now is costing US taxpayers $4 million. If you think that OBama is a man of modest means, you're fooling yourself.

        December 23, 2011 at 3:08 am |
    • chris1010

      I never shop at WalMart, the place for cheap, low quality and crappy products.

      December 22, 2011 at 2:37 am |
    • nobama2012

      Oducha 2012....keep Michelle's big behind in the whitehouse.

      December 22, 2011 at 4:04 am |
      • max

        Is that all you have to contribute to this forum? Try educating yourself so you can carry yourself with dignity. For now grow up....your ignorance is showing!

        December 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Mr

      Do younthink he had a smoke after he downed the pizzas?

      December 22, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • Central Park West

      I really love the image of a father shopping for the family! Wish we would see more of this among leaders! Very positive.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:07 am |
      • Mike

        Please CNN, if Obama has to go #2, tell us. We need to know these things!

        December 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • 2cents4free

      Walmart??? Yeah right lets shop at that main street store. After all they've done soooo much for their female employees and lets not forget all the Chinese that work for $1 a month to get us all those savings!.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Ellie

      shut up is right...most people don't shop at Wal Mart...

      December 22, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Azfred

      Maybe he was picking up ANOTHER forged Birth Certificate...or some actual college records

      December 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
      • bhibsen

        That makes perfect sense! I'm sure they sell forged birth certificates and real college transcripts at Pet Smart and Best Buy. There is such a huge market for that in the pet product and electronics industries. I am trying as hard as I can to keep this from becoming an ad-hominem attack.

        December 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
      • swtnsassy

        Azfred...you are not the brightest crayon in the box are ya? Forged birth certificate??? Get real! How do you know George Bush wasn't born in Mexico. I don't recall anyone asking to see his birth certificate while he was in office. Do you?

        December 23, 2011 at 2:53 am |
    • Jill-IN

      Come on now! Average people shop at Best Buy and Pet Smart too. You know that.

      December 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Average Jane

      I shop at Best Buy and Pet Smart and I am quite average!!! Besides, if he goes into WalMart at this time of year he and his security are likely to be run over by a shopping cart with three screaming kids hanging off the sides driven by an angry lady in her pajama pants and fluffy slippers!! I know I was there this morning and she nearly ran over me!!!

      December 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • Donna

      It was all a big photo opportunity. I can't picture obama taking his dog shopping. He is just wanting to look like the "common man". Doesn't sound like poor Bo is going to Hawaii either, unless they put him on obama's flight. That photo trip cost a lot more than we are told. Travel to and from the stores, more secret service to keep him safe plus all the other expenses when he and his bodyguards go out for the day.

      December 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
      • katahdin

        I'll bet you were totally outraged by the wild spending of the Bush administration, weren't you?

        December 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
      • Christine

        Oh please, the white house is a residence, not a prison. If the man wants to go shopping for his own kids, then he can go.

        December 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
      • DEON

        THE GOP IS OUT OF THERE DAM MINDS THIS MAN IS WAY TO SMATER THAN THEM

        December 23, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • 1FreeWorld

      BO should have been on that Big Jet with MO (michelle)

      The President shouldn't be WALKING THE DOG,,,

      Where are BHO's Handlers?
      Oh, In Chi Town where all the Crooks are going to Jail!

      Let's just say you were suffering in the current JOB crisis,,,

      If your Mayor was out walking his Dog?
      And you were Hungry,,,,
      Would you vote for that guy????

      He should have been IMPEACHED for his Laser Like Focus on Walking His Dog!
      He should have had a STAY-CATION in Washington DC, like most the rest of the USA is having a STAY-CATION!

      But no, BO and BHO will be on the Jet to meet up with Antoinette in Hawaii
      while we all suffer in our Stay-Cations.

      December 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
      • Jesus Fan

        I just came home from a vacation – as a matter of fact it was an 8 day Carribean Cruise. Why on earth is no one allowed to leave their own neighborhood?

        December 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
      • Christine

        Wow – you definitely have some irrational dog issues. FYI – millions are traveling to spend Christmas with their families.

        December 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
      • Wteffff?

        Pity party of one. Lol get the hell over it. The first family is not the ONLY family going on vacation this holiday season. And after dealing with republicans ( which I'm assuming you are because of your asinine comment) it's a vacation well deserved.

        December 23, 2011 at 1:14 am |
    • Christine

      This average person avoids Walmart like the plague.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  2. Silly Baggers!

    @Rsprings seriously????? That was the best you can come up with?

    December 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  3. SaintM

    @Rsprings: He's not average, he is far above average.

    I don't blame him for not going to that nightmare store. Perhaps he knows about the discriminative hiring practices at Walmart, and the fact that they disenfranchise elderly employees by giving them low wages and no benefits and practice sexism when it comes to women employees–exploitation at it's worst. I boycott Walmart–maybe our president does too.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • truindep

      41 bucks for a dog bone- Ok, how about having enough money to spend 41 bucks on groceries , Know any one like that < I do

      December 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
      • Pam

        Don't blame the president for going to school bettering himself look within

        December 22, 2011 at 2:22 am |
      • TomInRochNY

        Instead of complaining about his personal spending habits, how about complaining about your company's pay practices. That's why you can't afford $41 in groceries.

        December 22, 2011 at 7:34 am |
      • 2cents4free

        Get a real job dude.

        December 22, 2011 at 10:38 am |
      • Azfred

        No record of him EVER going to any schools ....sorry

        December 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  4. Bringiton1

    Of course and if he would of gone to Walmart you would of said "Oh he's just doing a photo op!" Anything he would do, you and the likes of you, would of said he should of done the opposite. You are all stale which is why you lost the election and will loose it again. America belongs to the forward thinkers and participants NOT the small world religious political "pockets" .

    December 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • Sayer

      Well put.

      December 23, 2011 at 12:00 am |
  5. Publius Novus

    We're pretty average in our family and we shop at PetSmart and Best Buy. But I wish the writer had not revealed Sasha's and Malia's gifts–that was not nice, especially since the writer commented on it.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • jasonalta

      Obama's net worth is over $10 million. He WANTED the media to report what he bought, to cast himself as a great "ordinary" American family man. He has even said his family does not give Christmas gifts. The sheep go right along with it.

      December 23, 2011 at 3:11 am |
  6. Crook County, IL

    Phew! at least Bo got his $40 portion of the payroll tax cut. What a relief!

    December 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      The President paid for Bo's gifts with his own money, so STFU.

      December 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
      • quinLee

        Nice.....

        December 22, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  7. Jack in Florida

    He's a down to earth guy, making the best of his Christmas shopping. I bet the other shoppers had a great experience seeing the President as one of us. We need more pieces like this, showing the country he is "normal."

    December 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Balls McGhee

      Wait, you mean he didnt buy Islamic gifts for Christmas?!?!?!?

      December 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
      • OlderLady

        Why would he? Did you?

        December 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
      • steve

        What other shoppers? the store was shutdown other than him...

        December 21, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
      • F. Hugh Jurkwad

        Have you considered shock therapy? Might cure you of your personality disorder.

        December 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Julie in Tennessee

      Amen, Jack!

      December 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • Obama/More American Decline 2012

      He should have gone to Big Lots. I heard Leadership Skills for Dummies was on sale.

      December 21, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
      • Joe

        Keep cheerleading for him CNN. As far as his ranking as a President goes,he is right up there with Jimmy Carter.

        December 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
      • fo

        a leader is someone who see the future................a leader wants kids to get a good education and not minimum wage .......I leader want to spend money in american and not on war...................a good leader wants equal short at the American dream for a`ll american. he want college 2 be less expensive same as health.wake up ma........think very well and dont be blind.........this is the best president who cares for common man.

        December 23, 2011 at 4:47 am |
  8. ryan

    I love this President.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      Me, too!

      December 22, 2011 at 2:17 am |
    • Pam

      Me Too!

      December 22, 2011 at 2:23 am |
  9. JP

    Obama's policies need to be handled with a pooper scooper.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Frank

      Actually, you do. The president was duly elected by a large majority of your fellow citizens, so whine all you want but accept that fact and stop being silly.

      December 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Cyrus

      And so does your comment, given that you understand nothing about policies.

      December 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Andrew

      Couldn't agree more. Obama's plan to divide America and incite class warfare is working, but he'll be out of office in a year. Good-bye!

      December 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
      • Tim in MN

        Not too sure about that, but it's a sure bet that you'll still be a fool.

        December 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
      • F. Hugh Jurkwad

        Good luck with your fantasy Andrew.

        December 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
      • ThinkAgain

        Typical Republican lackey, projecting all your bad behavior on others. The Republicans are dividing our country, because a scared populace lacking faith in its country is ripe to being tricked into voting against their self-interest.

        All you Dems, Independents and thinking Republicans out there: Get out and VOTE in November 2012 for President Obama and a Democratic House and Senate! It's the only way we'll keep our country moving forward.

        And for those history buffs, check it out: Our country has always done better under Democratic administrations than Republican ones.

        December 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
      • Ozz

        And I'm sure with your distorted view you see Boehner and McConnell as forces of unity....

        December 21, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
      • fo

        common sense will tell yu that america is fading away from the surface of the earth.........what makes a person a patriotic citizen...country first.............the so called crying babies took all the job outside american bcose of greed, they wanted to be on the forbe list of billion so they sold American to china and now china is taking over the world. why you are ther crying..............go outside America and see what is happening instead of siting in front of your tv watching Fox EVIL NEWS.I am sorry for you all...........Be ready for another war under republicans if they win while American suffer.

        December 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • Pam

      I want waste our time commenting

      December 22, 2011 at 2:24 am |
    • Antoine

      Please explian your statement about his policy, exactly what is it that you don't like?

      December 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  10. Brien

    Not suprised at all that he put it on his credit card.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Popejon

      Why? you don't have or use a credit card?

      December 22, 2011 at 12:51 am |
    • CultureBearer

      I put almost all of my purchases on a credit card. I pay the full bill every month, plus I get a cash rebate. What's more, I dont walk around with a lot of cash. So, sometimes, paying by credit card is very smart. Just like this president.

      December 22, 2011 at 6:50 am |
    • DicWad

      I'm sure you are trying to imply that our nation is riddled with debt, so the President probably is too. Stop trying to be clever, becuase you are not.

      December 22, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • Liutgard

      Presidents don't carry cash. In fact, usually one of their aides pays the bill when they're out shopping, and they settle up later. Obama has always paid for his own purchases (occasionally with cash).

      And I'd bet you did your Christmas shopping with a credit card. Most of us do.

      December 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  11. NC

    Campaigning as usual. obama should have had an aide do his shopping or shopped online. That's all he did was put a wrench in the "average" persons shopping time by closing off areas where the "average" person wanted and needed to get to. What an idiot. Vote for the Republican nominee for president in Nov. 2012. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    December 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • lsgyrl

      I'm sure those "average' people did not mind waiting a few minutes for the President to shop. If he had his aides do it, you would complain about him thinking he's to good to do his own shopping. I'll vote for him again in 2012 as will many others.,

      December 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • fo

      haters....................he came from nowhere to be the president and he never forgot his root like your rich republicans who are power hungry

      December 21, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
    • lisa2010

      what republican candidates, they all just a bunch of clowns..... get real!!!!

      December 22, 2011 at 1:45 am |
    • CultureBearer

      I live in Alexandria and several of my friends were at the stores and others were at the pizza place. No one, and I mean no one, was complaining. Just you.

      December 22, 2011 at 6:52 am |
  12. JE

    Disappointed that the items the President purchased were published in this article. it's a good bet these were gifts for his children as mentioned. Poor decision Becky Brittain.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • Lola

      I'm sure his daughters don't read CNN and they are getting better presents than the ones mentioned here.

      December 22, 2011 at 7:17 am |
  13. Jariv

    Of course he is normal. We need someone extraordinary in the white house. Just because the Media shows you he goes to Pet Smart and Best Buy, does not mean no other presidents do it. I agree they should not have said what he shopped for, but I am sure they will get a lot more stuff.

    December 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  14. d knowledge

    @JP Your comment smells like and poop. Buy some toilet paper JP to wipe your butt!

    December 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Pam

      Lol !

      December 22, 2011 at 2:25 am |
  15. Djduby

    Mr. President u got my vote #ThebestPresidentEverWalks.

    December 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  16. rf924

    I wonder if he bought Michelle another pair of extra-large jeans?

    December 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • F. Hugh Jurkwad

      I wonder if your daughter caught her STD from you?

      December 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
    • lsgyrl

      She does not wear xl jeans. Juvenile comment.

      December 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      She doesn't wear XL jeans and so what if she did? What's that got to do with anything – other than you've got the maturity of a third grader (with my apologies to third graders everywhere).

      December 22, 2011 at 2:19 am |
    • Pam

      Why would he buy her a pair of XL jeans what size do you wear plus she is beautiful what about you I sense that you are jealous?

      December 22, 2011 at 2:29 am |
    • CultureBearer

      Wow. Picking on someone's body type. Very mature. She is a very fit, curvaceous woman. Get a look at those arms. She's a real woman, not a Barbie.

      December 22, 2011 at 6:54 am |
    • Liutgard

      And what size do you wear? And do you get up at 5 every morning to work out?

      December 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  17. carlos

    JP it looks like you are very familiar with a pooper scooper, maybe you pick up your food with it......

    December 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  18. carlos

    rf924................a lot smaller than what you wear..........

    December 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Pam

      Sure you Psycho!

      December 22, 2011 at 2:30 am |
  19. Dee

    To those of you taking the opportunity to criticize a man just for going to buy Christmas gifts for his daughters...you are so hateful and it must really suck being you!

    December 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • Pam

      Amen!

      December 22, 2011 at 2:37 am |
  20. Balls McGhee

    I am confused. I thought this whole time Obama didnt celebrate Christmas because he was a muslim? What's going on?

    December 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • OlderLady

      Nothing is going on except you are thoroughly confused based on your ignorant comment.

      December 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • lisa oug

      O! O! O! MERRY CHRISTMAS!! OBAMA-BIDEN 2012!!!!

      December 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • F. Hugh Jurkwad

      Wow you're hilarious! Normally we would just laugh at your face, but you really are quite the wit – a nitwit.

      December 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  21. Tomas

    I am glad he selected PetsMart and Best Buy over Walmart. It would be really cool to see the President look to make sure he was purchasing a product made in the USA.
    That's what I want for Christmas.

    December 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  22. Sean

    In response to rf924's Dec. 21, 5:25 pm post –

    Step 1: Look up the word "class".
    Step 2: Get some.

    December 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Pam

      Cool I agree with you

      December 22, 2011 at 2:33 am |
  23. Aries

    I'm a Canadian, but I must say I love your President. He looks far more human than Boehner.

    December 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  24. chris Omu

    Haters seem to forget that before Obama even thought about politics, he was attending church services regularly. He wedded his wife in a church.

    December 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • Lola

      His church was racist.

      December 22, 2011 at 7:18 am |
      • fo

        omo naija don't attach him to the that...........he is not

        December 22, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  25. chris Omu

    The fact that Obama is not a pharisee as described in the Bible does not make him an unbeliever. In fact Jesus Christ warn true followers to be careful of these people with holier than thou attitude.

    December 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  26. Jace

    love him! happy to see his poll numbers on the rise!

    December 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • Liutgard

      Even at their lowest, his numbers are better than Bush's average.

      December 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  27. Jammal Smith

    Obama is the worst President we ever had, and CNN helped put him in the White House. The media should put Sarah Palin in the White House next. Just as stupid, but way hotter!

    December 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • Tomas

      Jammal,
      Unless you were born with a 'silver foot in your mouth', you may want to rethink your position on President Obama.
      IMHO the worst presidents in recent history start with Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, the George W Bush.

      December 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
      • Chris

        Just remember Tomas, all of the "bad" presidents >YOU< think were bad were voted in the by the same majority that thinks THIS president is "good".

        At the end of the day, I don't like the guy nor anything related to social policies. I think they are scammed all too often but hey we always need to have that handful of people who will vote someone based off their stance of social policies and think ANYONE who dislikes them is BAD.

        December 21, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
    • fo

      lol........i will contest against dumb sara. and i will win bcose she is the dullest human being on the face of tv.

      December 21, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Pam

      this is crazy talk!

      December 22, 2011 at 2:38 am |
    • Pam

      This is crazy stupid talk !

      December 22, 2011 at 2:40 am |
    • Pam

      You're a stupid person period.

      December 22, 2011 at 2:42 am |
    • Liutgard

      Hotness is not a qualification for the office of President. And most voters prefer that their candidate has a brain. Ms Palin does not appear to be so gifted.

      December 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  28. Kris

    If it were Gingrich the photos would have been of him cheating on his third wife. And his purchases would have been a sexy nighty for the "lucky gal".

    December 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  29. Smooches

    Hello Mr. President. i love your swagga and how you make the inbreeds wanna slap their ma and grandpa for conceivong them. OBAMA/BIDEN '2012'

    December 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  30. Smooches

    Love Biden, but an OBAMA/CLINTON ticket would be the best ticket ever!! A guaranteed win, then Hillary could turn around and hit em again in 2016".

    December 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  31. Taylor

    Ok TeaParty lovers STOP HATING, You are showing your JEALOUSLY !!!!!!!

    December 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  32. LibraryTech

    See picture above. Leader of the free world? NOT!!

    How symbolic. The Presidents vacation costing millions (including security.) We don't have the money to pay for it so we'll just pay for it later + interest. Have fun now 'cause Washington is burning and the rest of the country is following.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  33. jayb

    am a canadian i love ur president but americain people are stupid and dumb to think republicain care about you what a shame vote republican in the office and u will know what true misery is

    December 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  34. BPE

    THREE pizzas!!! To go!!! And the family is in Hawaii??? Rockin' good time at the White House, I guess.

    December 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • Liutgard

      The pizzas were for the aides and Secret Service guys with him.

      December 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  35. george of the jungle

    unbelievable. I bet most of you spent more money than the president. It was his money too not ours and don't most average people shop ay best buy and petsmart. These are not fancy stores. Whats wrong with you people. You don't mind Newt shopping at Tiffany or Mitt with his millions. It is pretty sad when you have to bad mouth the president shopping the same places most of us shop and buying the same kind of stuff we buy our pets and kids.

    December 21, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
    • Franny

      George of the Jungle, You simply must stop with the common sense remarks, because many folks can't understand that concept. President Obama is too much like the average American, and that confuses many of his haters. He will have my vote again in 2012! I like having a President with good character!

      December 22, 2011 at 6:36 am |
  36. fo

    All you hater plus + fox Evil News will go into hiding by Nov 2012 when Obama wins the election.he is on the side of a common and a common man is the vote of the world.

    December 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  37. Joe

    Wow, lot of butt hurt Libs in here. @ThinkAgain you're just as awful blindingly defending a man who's polices have put this country into more debt then all other presidents combined, 15 Trillion I think it was. @Tomas And I suppose your favorite was Carter right?

    Nothing more I love then close minded people calling other people close minded.

    December 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  38. Ryan

    First, I am a Conservative but I am glad to see him out shopping at PetSmart and Best Buy even though I CAN"T afford to go there. Second, to all of you blaming Republicans for what is going on, didn't we just say we WANTED to go with a 12 month tax break extension, yet Dems are wanting just TWO months? Seems like they were ready to head out for their Christmas break and just threw somehting out, voted on it and then left so they can come back after Christmas to argue some more about whether they want to extend it a year when that option has been presented.
    I am in the military, DEPLOYED, and will not be home for Christmas. Why? Because I am doing my duty to MY country while others are out there crying about not making millions of dollars. We in the military don't make squat but we do it because it is the HONORABLE thing to do. We don't do it for the money, we do it because we love our country and we sacrifice a lot to protect your rights and freedoms. Yes, I disagree with what is going on but this placing all the blame on one party...ha! Like it's a one way street. My wife can't even find a job and she's a certified teacher. Before this administration she had a job but now, nothing.

    December 21, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • Steveo

      Ryan,

      Thank you for your service! I spent 25 years in uniform so I know what it means to miss anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays! May God bless you and your family and may He keep you safe! You are very correct when you challenge those who think the problem is only the GOP!

      December 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      You blaming the President for your wife being out of work is dumb: States control those finances, so your anger would be better directed toward your Governor. You also need to get your facts straight on the payroll tax holiday: It's Boehner and the Republicans in the House (all those teabagger folks) who are refusing to extend them for a year; the two-month extension is to ensure folks don't wake up to higher taxes come January 1, 2012. The Senate Republicans passed the extension, but the Republicans in the House refuse to.

      So, yeah, the blame goes to the Republicans.

      BTW, my father was career Army (30 years), my brother career Navy (20 years), my uncle career Navy (30 years), another uncle served in the Pacific in World War II, my grandfather flew for the Navy in World War I and my grandmother worked in the Bremerton shipyards in World War II helping to build destroyers. So I know a little about sacrifice, too – and appreciate what both of our families have done to ensure we can have this kind of uncensored, lively debate!

      December 22, 2011 at 2:27 am |
      • Lefty

        You want a lively debate yet you call the other person "dumb"? Sounds more like a child arguing than an adult debating.

        December 22, 2011 at 7:28 am |
      • MAT

        2 months will cause a software nightmare. You should get your info from more than one source.

        December 22, 2011 at 8:19 am |
      • dionysus

        @Lefty: There's a difference between calling a person dumb and calling an argument dumb. Learn that difference.

        December 22, 2011 at 10:00 am |
      • Joe

        @ThinkAgain your arrogance astounds me. You have no idea what your talking about, your just defending the Dems and Obama because you hate Repubs for some reason without your facts straight.

        All you Libs preach bipartisanism and moderation but all you do is cause more rhetoric by blaming everything on one party and a movement of people, and that if any moderation needs doing it needs be moved closer to the left. Same old Liberal word games. Get off your high horse.

        December 22, 2011 at 10:43 am |
      • EL-CHE

        Right ON TRUE Soldier! This type of Education is NEVER taught in US Military Boot Camps for @Ryan to know or digest.

        December 22, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • Franny

      Ryan, I suggest you stop putting folks in Office that continue to hurt you, and your Wife. President Obama didn't create this mess. It started loooooong before he took office. Try being a more informed voter, and maybe things will get better for you. If you want to live like a Republican? Vote Democrat, and if you want to live like a Democrat? Vote republican! It's as simple as that, and if you want to raptured? Vote for the Tea Party bunch, because they want this to happen more than anything, and are working hard to see it happens. Even if it destroys our Country!

      December 22, 2011 at 6:53 am |
      • Joe

        ... Just stop talking.

        December 22, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • CultureBearer

      Being in the military is a career choice.

      December 22, 2011 at 6:59 am |
    • Chris

      Wait... you are too broke to go to petsmart? Really? $41 is way too much for you? Get real.

      December 22, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • dionysus

      Thank you for your service! Serving in the military is a big sacrifice and a brave thing to do. That being said, I do disagree with who is to blame for the state of the economy. When Bush II was in office and had a solid Republican majority in both houses he went to war (twice) and cut taxes. No president in history has ever gone to war while cutting taxes because decreased revenue means increased debt. The other part of the equation was the greedy practices of banks that tanked the housing market. They were practically throwing loans at anyone with a pulse and that burst the bubble. Many predictions were based on the housing market staying relatively stable so when that blew up everything else fell with it. Follow the money and see where it leads, that's how you figure out where the mess started.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • EL-CHE

      @Ryan you're serving in the Military and soooooooooooooooooo what? It's only in America that people serving in US Military think they're that. Get your stupid facts straight. Pres. Obama saved over 3.6 Million jobs comprising of the police, teachers, fire fighters, first responders etc. etc. etc. You have a small pea brain that you foolishly blame Pres. Obama for your wife unemployment woes. The GOP wants to CLOSE Dept. of Education should they have their way.
      GOP does NOT consider educating Americans is a Birth Right. The GOP you worship have cut back on educational funds and most schools have CLOSED under GOP Governor’s the last time normal people checked. The list is endless as to what the GOP have done to US Educational system. You mean your wife didn't tell you all these on your so-called return expecting to worshiped? Every 1st grader or school going kid in America knows these undisputable FACTS. If she hasn’t; then it’s absolute and evidentially clear that she’s NOT fit to be a teacher or certainly NOT in front of any classroom educating to next generation of American. As deceitful as your wife is; Education starts from within and your so-called wife do not have it …… period! Not only that, Pres. Obama is the most leading advocate for Education in America and the World. Free your small brain cells and seek education. Like someone told you; it's States that controls educational funds allocated to them by the Fed. Gov't. You lack basic logic. Also REAL men and I mean REAL MEN don’t boast of the military services to their country. It’s cowards who have been turned into men goes about pounding their silly chest to be recognized as men. Real MEN don’t …………… period! You think you’re the ONLY soul on earth that’s serving or have served in US Military? Shame on you and sit your military ASS down and stop behaving like a 2-yrs. old spoiled trailer park brat. You feel me?
      Heard of El CHE the TRUE FREEDOM Fighter?

      December 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • fo

      ryan thanks 4 fighting for America............hope you will be alive or fit to fight another one soon when your fellow republican take over................war every time.

      December 23, 2011 at 4:56 am |
      • steveo

        Yeap! Wars as voted for by the Democrats!

        December 23, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • Che

      @Ryan you're serving in the Military and soooooooooooooooooo what? It's only in America that people serving in US Military think they're that. Get your stupid facts straight. Pres. Obama saved over 3.6 Million jobs comprising of the police, teachers, fire fighters, first responders etc. etc. etc. You have a small pea brain that you foolishly blame Pres. Obama for your wife unemployment woes. The GOP wants to CLOSE Dept. of Education should they have their way.
      GOP does NOT consider educating Americans is a Birth Right. The GOP you worship have cut back on educational funds and most schools have CLOSED under GOP Governor’s the last time normal people checked. The list is endless as to what the GOP have done to US Educational system. You mean your wife didn't tell you all these on your so-called return expecting to worshiped? Every 1st grader or school going kid in America knows these undisputable FACTS. If she hasn’t; then it’s absolute and evidentially clear that she’s NOT fit to be a teacher or certainly NOT in front of any classroom educating to next generation of American. As deceitful as your wife is; Education starts from within and your so-called wife do not have it …… period! Not only that, Pres. Obama is the most leading advocate for Education in America and the World. Free your small brain cells and seek education. Like someone told you; it's States that controls educational funds allocated to them by the Fed. Gov't. You lack basic logic. Also REAL men and I mean REAL MEN don’t boast of the military services to their country. It’s cowards who have been turned into men goes about pounding their silly chest to be recognized as men. Real MEN don’t …………… period! You think you’re the ONLY soul on earth that’s serving or have served in US Military? Shame on you and sit your military ASS down and stop behaving like a 2-yrs. old spoiled trailer park brat. You feel me?
      Heard of El CHE the TRUE FREEDOM Fighter?

      December 23, 2011 at 9:35 am |
      • steveo

        The hate from you is amazing, not surprising but amazing. I am assuming you never served! While you may disagree with Ryan's politics, you are ridiculous, no make that ignorant for disrespecting him for his service!

        Education IS a birth right! K-12 is available to EVERY citizen!

        Real men don't boast of their military service? that would be correct but where did Ryan boast? Let me rephrase it for you! REAL men are appreciative of Ryan's service and since you are not appreciative...you connect those dots! You want to disagree with his political views? Fine and dandy!

        I KNOW that you would be the first to holler when Mrs Obama is attacked. You should be as tha is rude an duncalled for. Let me tell you what else is uncalled for ...You attacking Ryan's wife, somebody you know nothing about! That make you a hypocrit in the truest sense! Freedom fighter? Not in your wildest dreams! That would be folks like Ryan!

        December 23, 2011 at 9:56 am |
      • Che

        @steveo; As always The "TRUTH" hurts to the core. Sound like you’ve been possessed by Satan Lucifer. I'm telling it like it’s unless you have an IQ the shoe size of a church mouse in a trailer park. Put that in your trailer park pipe and smoke it. Your head must be cryogenically frozen since the blood of Satan Lucifer runs through your blood at birth and face the TRUTH as real. Not only that; you’ve got the maturity of a 2nd. Grader and lack basic intellectual logic. Academic and intellectual primitivism for sure! A neo-con retard I might add. For those of us who served, cowards like you can worship him as your living idol on earth than the living God. I don't ........ period! And that’s my BIRTH RIGHT! You wanna take that away from me? Try it; you silly tinfoil tea baggar.

        December 23, 2011 at 10:45 am |
      • steveo

        Che

        @steveo; As always The "TRUTH" hurts to the core. Sound like you’ve been possessed by Satan Lucifer. I'm telling it like it’s unless you have an IQ the shoe size of a church mouse in a trailer park. Put that in your trailer park pipe and smoke it. Your head must be cryogenically frozen since the blood of Satan Lucifer runs through your blood at birth and face the TRUTH as real. Not only that; you’ve got the maturity of a 2nd. Grader and lack basic intellectual logic. Academic and intellectual primitivism for sure! A neo-con retard I might add. For those of us who served, cowards like you can worship him as your living idol on earth than the living God. I don't ........ period! And that’s my BIRTH RIGHT! You wanna take that away from me? Try it; you silly tinfoil tea baggar.
        -------------
        Che,

        Let me break this down to you, since you keep tossing out this Satan/Lucifer thing. I am a Christian, a believer in Jesus Christ,my Lord. As such I CANNOT be possessed by the Devil. So, you don't know basic Christian doctrine.

        Since you claim to claim to know the living God, reconcile this scripture to how you address folks on this blog:

        From James 3:11: Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?

        Nobody minds you standing up for your party butm, why do you feel you can only stand tall by belittling others? You attack peoples wives, you attack Ryan, you want to spit on a former president and VP, only because you disagree politically but I am the one with the maturity of a 2nd grader? Yet somehow I am to take you seriously?

        Get your facts straight! I am not Tea Party, i am not worshipping Ryan, but I appreciate his service! You got ONLY one thing right in this entire post. You spelled my handle correctly Congratulations! Why do I have this sneaky feeling you are embarassing your fellow liberals/progressives?

        December 23, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  39. m

    How cliche, the prez with his dog and a fellow black man.

    December 21, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  40. Vote0bamaOut

    0bama is a talker and an actor. It's all about show.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  41. Andrew

    Come one CNN, why don't you suck up to Obama even more with more non-stories like this.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:28 am |
    • EL-CHE

      Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      Your comment is awaiting moderation.

      How come you stupid post is NOT being "moderated" by CNN? Coward CNN!

      December 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  42. leroy

    "First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters are already in Hawaii on vacation"

    I wonder if they flew coach, or did Air Force One take them?

    December 22, 2011 at 4:19 am |
    • CultureBearer

      You aren't very smart if you think any first family would fly coach.

      December 22, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • Big T

      Do yo realize that the first family has to be protected where ever they travel? That was a careless question your asked?

      December 22, 2011 at 7:20 am |
      • Liutgard

        Especially with yahoos out there saying that someone should kill them. Those little girls never did anything to hurt anyone, but they are targets because of who their dad is. Frankly, I don't have any problem with them having the best security available.

        December 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • EL-CHE

      @leroy; evidence of imbecilic deficiency at birth. It's crazies like you that require the First Family to be protected to the hilt at your cost.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • fo

      when you become the president take a canoe or

      December 23, 2011 at 4:59 am |
    • Che

      @leroy; did pothead imbecilic GWB and his drunken crackhead daughters ever flew in a coach? You're trying tooooo hard to be an idiot and a disgrace to American Edu.
      Whew; another toothless trailer park filth. You need to breach your brain cells with acid to remove all dysfunctional defects at birth.

      December 23, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  43. G-Man

    I love the way my Commander-In-Chief carries himself. Hes just one of us despite the leadership position we placed him in. Keep up the good work Mr President.

    December 22, 2011 at 5:07 am |
  44. Change

    I love President Obama! He's a loving, respectable, caring an honest human being and the Greatest President in US history. Merry Christmas President Obama and First Family! Obama/Biden 2012!

    December 22, 2011 at 6:24 am |
    • Lefty

      So he beats Washington, Lincoln, FDR, JFK, and all the others? I can see you set your standards pretty low.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  45. Franny

    I'm impressed that President Obama shopped for himself. I've never heard that before by any former sitting President. I like President Obama, and will vote for him again. He's the only one really working in DC. I'm just suprised that so many folks can't realize he's doing a pretty good job considering all the obstruction even before he was even sworn in. Good grief people! leroy, I hope they flew Air Force One with all the nutjobs making threats against him, and his Family. Are you one of those?

    December 22, 2011 at 6:32 am |
    • Joe

      A lot of presidents and first families shop for themselves. He's not some new messiah on the hill. You just never seen anything about any other president because the Media is so Left that they would jump at the opportunity to do a story about this.

      "He's the only one really working in DC. I'm just surprised that so many folks can't realize he's doing a pretty good job considering all the obstruction even before he was even sworn in." This made me laugh.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • Liutgard

      I have a very vivid memory of Bush Sr out 'Christmas shopping'. It was apparently the first time he'd been shopping in many a year, and he'd never encountered a scanner before. And what did he buy? A pair of socks. :-P

      December 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  46. Franny

    Oh, and Ryan Thank You so much for your Service. I have a disabled Veteran Son, and I love our Men, and Women in the Military. You are so right about the lousy pay, and disregard after you've served! That's another reason I have a great deal of respect for this Family in the Whitehouse. They work very hard to help our Veterans! Nothing was don;e during the last Administration for my Son, with the exception of causing more harm!

    December 22, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  47. Lola

    What a contrived photo op. I thought he was going to "Shop Small".

    December 22, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  48. Lefty

    This is a staged photo op, he could easily have had someone else go buy the product. It would have saved us taxpayers some money if he did.

    December 22, 2011 at 7:23 am |
    • dionysus

      You think we're paying for his gifts? Get real. He's using his own money, which he has plenty of.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:09 am |
      • Lefty

        We pay for the security and transport to get him there. His salary comes from us. Exactly what part don't you get?

        December 22, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  49. Grim Reaper

    The story should be here that Michelle is back on vacation. Can someone get us a vacation tracker on this woman. Obama I'm working through Xmas glad you're keeping a rein on spending-can't cut it back in your house and you sure can't do it in the House. I'm wrapping my vote as a present for someone else.

    December 22, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  50. MAT

    I guess after all the royalties he made on his books which the state dept gave as christmas gifts (2 wrongs x70,000+) he has a few extra dollars to spend.

    December 22, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  51. HollyRae

    Godless Obama would go "Holiday" shopping.

    December 22, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • dionysus

      Is he godless or Muslim? I can't keep up with the right wing propaganda.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:07 am |
      • Lefty

        That's a good question, what are his real beliefs?

        December 22, 2011 at 10:46 am |
      • EL-CHE

        “Your comment is awaiting moderation”.
        “Your comment is awaiting moderation”.

        @dionysus, Excellent question.
        You should be paid by CNN to ask such an intelligent and intellectual question none of their coward staff have the courage or have been able to ask for years. BRAVO!

        Hey, my comment(s) is “Is Awaiting Moderation”.

        “Your comment is awaiting moderation”.
        “Your comment is awaiting moderation”.

        December 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • Chewy

      Ramadan shopping. Maybe a new burka for Michelle.

      December 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
      • Michael in Houston

        did your mother drop you on your head or are you really that ignorant

        December 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
      • EL-CHE

        @Chewy; does Satan Lucifer's Blood runs in your family or your mother had a one-night stand with Satan Lucifer hence your birth? Come on tell the World for we're anxious to know the sons and daughters of Satan Lucifer living amongst us.
        Come on spill it, you evil soul!

        December 22, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
      • Che

        @Chewy; Satan Lucifer's Blood runs in your family or your mother had a one-night stand with Satan Lucifer hence your your birth. Tell the World for we're anxious to know the sons and daughters of Satan Lucifer living amongst us.
        Come on spill it, you evil soul!

        December 23, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  52. Tzpora

    Way to go Mr President. You are a one of a kind President. Please stop by http://www.stelmosfire.org/giving-tree.html for one last gift to add to your list. Be Blessed!

    December 22, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  53. Tzpora

    Happy Holidays!

    December 22, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  54. Eric

    It's funny reading all of these comments and arguments in the comments. It's just a photo op and all those complaining about those making fun of Obama. They are just goofing on him. I think some of them are funny. I love this.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  55. Tysom

    Why did you post what he bought!? It's supposed to be a surprise!

    December 22, 2011 at 10:12 am |
  56. ????

    Headline, Obama goes shopping. Scared me to death wondering how many trillions this was going to cost. Oh, then read it correctly, holiday shopping. Glad that Michelle is having a grand time in Hawaii. Hope that faithful air force one is getting a well deserved rest. That gal can vacation better than the best.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  57. jerry

    another taxpayer paid photo opportunity....I just wonder what the security cost and the danger he placed the secret service under....has this guy no shame? The answer is NO!

    December 22, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Lefty

      If he were such a great planner he would have already finished his shopping so that he wouldn't have to go out at the last minute.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  58. TuffT

    Im still trying to get up off the floor after seeing the $4 million dollar price tag we taxpayers are going to pay for their Christmas vacation to Hawaii. And as if that was not enough, MS.Michelle didnt want to wait around for the President to finish up this bill that will keep more money in our pocket so it cost us taxpayers an extra $100,000 to fly her & the girls to Hawaii early. Fire these worthless @$$Holes next year please...Along with the rest of the clowns running this country in the ground. Vote out all incumbants and the new famiily in the DC house. As far as I am concerned The Government got rid of the Mafia so they could take over, I now refer to the clowns in DC as the DC Mafia. Please do not forget all of this when we go to the booths next year, fire all the incumbants and the new family please, it's time we take our country back America.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  59. podunda

    Actually, Obama went CHRISTMAS shopping, not holiday shopping.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  60. LB Colorado

    Merry Christmas Mr. President, you deserve a vacation, don't feel guilty – no need. Enjoy the season and enjoy shopping wherever you want. Be blessed.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • EL-CHE

      “Your comment is awaiting moderation”.
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      Thank you!

      “Your comment is awaiting moderation”.
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      December 22, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  61. RS, CA

    What's the matter, CNN - no photos of Ms. Fanny and entourage living it up in Hawaii? Not politically expedient for her husband at this time?

    December 22, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  62. JDinTexas

    Republicans have really gone insane. Somehow Christmas shopping for your kids is, in Republicanspeak, "Unamerican." I have never seen a group, execpt for perhaps Osama bin Laden's pals, so consumed by hate.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  63. Jason

    He said it himself. If he can't fix the economy in 3 years, he should not be re elected. He said it himself.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • zigge

      loser obama is a chronic liar ,we've had three years of proof.

      December 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  64. george of the jungle

    You can tell who the repos are by the nasty comments. I guess attacking the family is one way of doing it. Some really dumb remarks by some really dumb people. No wonder you vote republican you don"t have any sense. Have a merry Christmas and you can just keep complaining for another four years.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • steveo

      So absolutely no nasty or dumb comments from those on the left?

      December 22, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Lefty

      Coming from someone who wished Cheney and Bush dead your remarks are quite hypocritical.

      December 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
      • Che

        I would like to be the first to be given the privilege and honor to SPIT on their corpses. The World just can't wait. You kidding me?

        December 23, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  65. Jared

    Ok, I'm didn't vote for President Obama....and I won't vote for him in 2012....but all of the negative comments just from a story of him making a Christmas shopping trip? Really? A few words we should consider – dignity – honor – respect. These are the kinds of words we should apply to any president, republican or democrat. How can we expect our politicians to act responsibly when we are so full of animosity ourselves. Our leaders reflect ourselves.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Che

      @Jared; you're known to spew hate on Obama or anything Obama in the months and years gone by. Are you by chance retiring from your hate filled insults years gone by or you just about to meet your maker and needed redemption from your sins?

      December 23, 2011 at 9:58 am |
      • C-Lo

        You say this right after the comment above about spitting on the graves of Bush and Cheyney (not to mention the hate spewed toward Ryan who serves to protect your right to be so vile)?

        Thank you so VERY much for showing your true colors and making it so easy to ignore anything and everything else you ever say. Go back to your OWS protesting and spit on a few cops while you're at it. Maybe then you'll learn the true value of freedom.

        December 23, 2011 at 10:08 am |
      • steveo

        C-Lo, you beat me to it! i fully agree with you!

        December 23, 2011 at 10:11 am |
      • C-Lo

        Steveo–I figured...it went without saying. I'm thiking Che-Che is the Howard of the Left.

        December 23, 2011 at 10:21 am |
      • Panama City Beach Condo Rentals

        Panama City Beach Condo RentalsMichelle Obama insisted on a pricey holiday to Hawaii when her husband would have rather gone to a presidential retreat, according to reports.She allegedly wanted the taxpayer-funded $4million trip when Barack Obama sought instead to make the short trip to Camp David in Maryland.

        Political sources told the National Enquirer that the 47-year-old’s spending is rocketing and she even went on a shopping spree before the Hawaii trip.

        March 16, 2012 at 1:39 am |
  66. Farhan

    Sorry, Mr. President, we don't carry a Middle East repair kit.

    Try Home Depo.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • Che

      @Farhan; who are "WE" you refer to?
      Speak for yourself 'cos no soul have appointed you to speak for the masses.

      December 23, 2011 at 10:01 am |
  67. bear

    Obama- does his xmas shopping at average joe stores. Seems to be in touch with the common man. Sarah Palin- shops at neiman marcus. I know its all a stunt, but just sayin...

    December 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
  68. gggg

    To be honest, I don't really care about his shopping. If I lived near where he was shopping I'd want to know only to avoid the stores he was going to be in until he was gone(since they'd probably throw me out or not let me in, why waste my time there). As to what he purchased; please shut up. It's enough his kids find out he went to Best Buy, why do you have to blab what he bought them? Hey kids, guess what we got you for Christmas! Oh, what do you mean CNN already told you!

    December 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  69. Gary

    Sorry CNN you drop the ball again. With everything else going on in the country, you are going to focus on him going shopping. There was a time when I respected CNN, it is now turning into a second rate news organization. Guess I will go back to watching the BBC and Reuters for my news.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  70. Chewy

    Do America a favor and shop for a new job while you're at it Barry.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • zigge

      That's a good one and true to the core.

      December 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Infidel

      Agreed!! This POS has to be replaced!!

      December 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • Che

      All 3-Stooges; "Chewy", "Zigge" and "Infidel" really needs shock therapy. It might cure you of your personality disorders.
      Sons of Satan Lucifer living amongst us. Come on spill it, you evil souls!

      December 23, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  71. Lorelai99

    I was a bit put out to learn that President Obama decided to shop at Petco at Potomac Yard when a good friend of mine owns a pet supply store in nearby Del Ray. In the spirit of the holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc) it would've been nice if Mr. President had thought twice about where to shop for his beautiful dog and supported local some businesses instead of going to those Big Box Stores that typically force many smaller, locally-owned shops to close out of business.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • missy

      wahhhhh....I guess you do all your shopping at locally owned stores, right?

      December 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
      • Chris

        Yes Missy, I DO do ALL my shopping locally! I SUPPORT small businesses. They deserve our support! You can take you "WAAAAA" comment and shove it, smart ass!
        Thanks Lorelai99!

        December 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
      • Chris

        Hey Missy, I DO MOST of my shopping locally at small businesses! they deserve our support! So you can take your 'WAAAAAA" and shove it up your ass!
        Thanks Lorelai99!

        December 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
      • Lorelai99

        Yes, I do. Why wouldn't I? In fact, why would I even care about small, local businesses if I didn't?

        December 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  72. Steven

    Bo went on vacation with the family. Did they fly him back with our money for thie photo shoot?

    December 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • steveo

      He didn't leave Washington. I'm an independent and like Jared, did not vote for him BUT I realize the man only is doing what ANY father/husband would do by shopping for his family! His is the president and as such cameras are going to follow him! Happens all the time to those in that office! Can we just stick to debating policy? Are we even able?

      December 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  73. Infidel

    How about showing some LEADERSHIP obama? Seems to me, that this country is in deep trouble and you are either worried about your Hawaii vacation, golfing, or Christmas shopping. Odumbo is a: FAILURE and must be removed next election before he can harm the USA any more than he has already done.

    December 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • DEON

      YOU SOUND LIKE A BROKEN RECORD

      December 23, 2011 at 12:32 am |
  74. Ron

    The Quote of the Decade:
    The fact that we are here today to debate raising America 's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
    Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006!

    December 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • steveo

      I for one am looking forward to reading responses to this one!

      December 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  75. Matthew

    America is a Christian country.... GOD BLESS CHRISTIANS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS

    December 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • Liutgard

      Matthew, the United States is not a Christian country. What Americans worship is _themselves_. And saying 'God Bless Christians' is the most insensitive and xenophonic remark I've seen here today, and that's saying a lot. Take a look at church attendance numbers and then tell me that the people around you are actually 'Christians'. Nope, they're worshiping at the temple of MeMeMeMe.

      December 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • jo

      I agree the USA is not a Christian Country..it is a country where there is freedom of worship..thank God for that.

      December 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  76. jo

    Not sure who reported what the president bought...totally inappropriate...

    December 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  77. Your Panties in Texas

    It will all be okay In The End......Somebody's End.

    December 22, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  78. American Citizen

    This demonstration of lack of regard for the millions struggling at Christmastime this year should tell you the kind of person this is. What would you do if you were president and knew that millions of United States citizens were not getting a Christmas this year? Would you go shopping?

    December 23, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • steveo

      Politics aside, the man is still a husband and a father! To answer your question if I were president...yes I would go shopping! Nobody said it would have to be extravagant, but yes I would, for my family! We all know people are hurting that is why we all have the opportunity to give to the charity of our choice. I did and I hope you did as well!

      December 23, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  79. Che

    JHLKJ:KKL

    December 23, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  80. Chad

    Headline should read: Obama takes break from murdering foreigners to spend money taken from people at gunpoint.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  81. sigourney weaver

    "But you'll never get a picture of me (playing) because I get faded every time."

    December 23, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  82. lex

    It would haVE BEEN BETTER IF HE THEMED THE SHOPPING TRIP "BUY AMERICA" AND BOUGHT PRODUCTS WITH A "MADE IN AMERICA" LABEL. BUT I SUPPOSE WASHINGTON IS NOW OK WITH EVERYTHING NOT BEING MADE IN AMERICA. AFTER ALL, EVEN THE MARTIN LUTHER KING MEMORIAL WAS MADE IN CHINA.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • Che

      @lex, Douche Bag Pervert, you forgot to take your Prozac med. You need increase the medicated dose.
      Why?
      “LOCKED-CAPS" for "Computer Dummies"!
      Seek some education or you just missed that "yellow school bus" Pres. Obama dispatch to your trailer park?
      Whew, some "LOCKED CAPS" dummy!

      December 23, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  83. fo

    majority of Americans are christian but that does support the idea of discrimination.Remember Christianity was introduced to other part of the world by the west................

    December 23, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  84. gmh

    PetSmart and Best Buy are American companies. Great free advertisement for those American companies........The president is shopping for his family and needs a break from work like everyone else does. With the stress he has to deal with day to day he needs free time to relax more than anyone. Bo looks great........What a lucky dog......

    When the Republicans support and protect the rich they are creating the class warfare.

    December 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • J ThomA

      GMH – perfect statement. Perfect. Exactly what I was going to say.

      December 25, 2011 at 10:10 am |
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