December 23rd, 2011
08:13 PM ET

Obama's Hawaiian Hale

President Obama and the first family are once again spending their annual holiday vacation on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Obama's childhood home.  The first family is renting a secluded 5-bedroom house situated on Kailua Beach, according to local realtor David Dunham.  The first family has vacationed on Kailua Beach for the past three years.

The 6,000 square foot luxury house, has an "Asian flair", according to Dunham.  Interior Designer Jay Gorsia designed the house to reflect the Chinese and Indian heritage of the owners.  The house is accentuated with Brazilian hardwoods and cherry trim molding, and has a swimming pool set among a lush tropical garden and koi pond.

This year's presidential holiday retreat, just a few houses down the street from where the Obama family vacationed in the past, also has a larger swimming pool and a greater level of privacy than houses in years past.  A temporary eight foot barrier has been built as an added measure of privacy and security according to Dunham.  The Obamas are the first group to ever rent the house.

Dunham plans to list the house for sale once the Obama family returns to Washington. The sales price: a cool $7.9 million.


Topics: The Family • The Visuals • Vacation

soundoff (290 Responses)
  1. Patrica

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Mr. Obama and to your lovely family.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • socalpimp

      Enjoy your vacation on tax-payer dime...If you are to vacation in Hawaii why do it like a mogul?

      December 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        When any 20 year old women, that likes to use her hands, is divorced from thier 1st Husbands (from wherever they came from, for example Kenya, where the Husband was a British Subject)

        Btw, and was impregnated by the first British Subject's Husband, with, or without a marriage license,,,(where were they married???)

        So a guy finds a sexy white woman from Kansas,,,, and impregnates her,,, (where were they married and where is the Marriage License???)

        Just trying to get the story straight....

        Hmm, Dunham never changed her name to her Hubbies name!

        Nothing wrong with that,,,

        Latinos like to add the Sir Name of the Mother's and the Father's sir name to make their last names...

        Could it be Ann Dunham-Obama,,, or would that be Ann Obama-Dunham?

        Any Lations here that would like to educate the folks on which parent's name comes first?

        Thank you!

        But Ann Dunham is the Mother of the the adopted son of the Indonesian Sister! And probably with the adoption, he lost his British Citizenship!

        Wow,,

        this is complex!

        Happy New Years President Barry Sotero and Dunham and Obama, from whichever country you are from!

        December 31, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • nolimits3333

      Amen to that. Obama has done a very good job in spite of the Republicans in Congress.

      December 26, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Good bye ob

      Wow! That house looks sweet. Lot's of extra bedrooms for Nancy, Rev Sharpton, Jesse J and Faraquan. ...and Chelle's extended family of course. After the Africa vacation they wouldn't want to miss Hawaii..... Barack Huesien is the most tone deaf president I've ever seen and that's why he'll be gone in 11 months.

      December 26, 2011 at 12:20 am |
      • Raffly

        You are full of hatred, and you will always be like that, it doesn't matter if unemployeement is down to 5%, you and your kind people will never be happy. Complain and hatred have filled your heart

        December 26, 2011 at 12:41 am |
      • safejourney2

        Wow good, you are really a bitter person. Hope you find peace in your life

        December 26, 2011 at 1:21 am |
      • Suzie M.

        Bitter and friendless. Feel sorry for you but wonder how you like living in your parents' basement.

        December 26, 2011 at 1:48 am |
      • jmsbois

        You're not right in the head.You've got issues.

        December 26, 2011 at 1:50 am |
      • Fred 22

        Haters never quit, even on Christmas. What a shame.

        December 26, 2011 at 2:04 am |
      • Michael

        May the Lord Deliver you from a heart full of hate !!!

        December 26, 2011 at 3:44 am |
      • Franny

        Thank You President Obama, and Mrs. Obama for spending time with our Troops. You're getting my vote again in 2012, because I admire your stamina for putting up with the crap from many in the Congress, and Senate. Hang in there Sir, and thank you also for the increase in My Brothers Disabililty, and social Security check. that was a nice Chtistmas gift. Wishing you a great Holiday! Get some rest, because you'll need it dealing with the yahoos when you get back.

        December 26, 2011 at 5:57 am |
      • annie

        Why are Republicans such sore losers? It is hilarious! They did the same thing when Clinton was elected.
        Losing Power is so painful...lol

        December 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • ge

      Please only post serious comments. Many of these are thoughtless and tasteless.

      December 26, 2011 at 12:29 am |
  2. Rags

    Cool. I'll take two, please.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • Scott from NH

      That house looks seriously Balinese! There are tons of houses for rent in Bali that look just like it!

      December 24, 2011 at 1:12 am |
      • 1FreeWorld

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkHNNPM7pJA&w=640&h=360]

        I am sure Dear Leader had the same abilities as Joseph and Mary....

        I am looking for the Airline that Antoinette took to the Island and I will also book on that particular Airline!

        CAN I TAKE MY DOG TOO???? Can I leave the Dog for photo ops and have Taxpayers pay for it????

        I will also select the Donkey (on Hertz on-line) as that will be the ony Donkey I will vote for!

        December 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        LOL,,, If I were to sign up with the Soros and Alinsky Prescription,,,,

        I would say that all the DemocRATs, Commies, #OWS'ers, Big TYRANNICAL Government Chums,,,

        Would use,,,

        Every Word they can look up on the Dicitonary,,,

        to belittle anybody that wants to oppose the Anarchist, Commies, Socialists, Etc.

        See here NOW ===> http://discoverthenetworks.org/

        Ok, you want to laugh???

        Check out all the Delightful Christmas Wishes to Posters here on Reach Around's Network,,,

        Merry Christmas CHE!
        CHE

        What Tax payer’s money? As EVIL and mentally insane as you are, did you say that when imbecilic, F-Grade student from Yale, aka G. W. Bush went on expensive numerous vacations at the expense of the poor. FYI the Obama's pays for their own vacations and expenses. You Evil primitive soul.
        Unlike Laura Bush, our new well educated, First Lady; Michele Obama pays for her own dress etc. etc. etc. including other expenses for the family and what did multi-millionaire, greedy Laura Bush do during her time?
        Your name says it all; Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah pea brain cells. Minute, I might add.

        LOL,,, you Liberal/Progressives/DemocRATS, are on your last leg!

        December 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        LOL,,, Alinski
        is
        SO YESTERDAY!

        Where is BO?

        Is he at the White House? or with Antoionette? or having a Photo Op at the PetSmart?

        Oh,

        BHO? Brack Huesien Obama???

        or Barack W. (dubya) Obama?

        Meaning Obama is pissing off a lot of Black Folks
        Killing Qaddafi,
        Farrakan is upset,
        and all the other Middle Easterners!

        Neda, the young lady, was killed in Iran,,, Obama DITHERED,,,,

        OBAMA is in Hawii DITHERING RIGHT NOW!

        Did I mention that BARACK's
        middle name is
        DUBya
        (as in Barack Dubya Obama,
        Killer of Qaddafi
        and the rest of the Califate Leaders????)

        December 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Is Califate a Banned Word on CNN?

        What is a Califate, a Califa, a Califiefe?

        Can I say SHARIA LAW on CNN?

        CAN I SAY
        IMAMS have asked Obumer to be the HEAD IMAM in Charge at the White House?

        Look it up,,, and report back!

        December 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        LOL,,, Alinski
        is
        SO YESTERDAY!

        Where is BO?

        Is he at the White House? or with Antoinette? or having a Photo Op at the PetSmart?

        Oh,

        BHO? Brack Dubya-Huessien Obama???

        or Barack W. (dubya) Obama?

        Meaning Obama is pissing off a lot of Folks of Color
        Killing Qaddafi,
        Farrakan is upset,
        and all the other Middle Easterners!

        Neda, the young lady, was killed in Iran,,, Obama DITHERED,,,,

        OBAMA is in Hawii DITHERING RIGHT NOW!

        Did I mention that BARACK's
        middle name is
        DUBya
        (as in Barack Dubya Obama,
        Killer of Qaddafi
        and the rest of the Califate Leaders????)

        December 24, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        @CHE

        I would like to add a little and see if a Right-Winger can COMPETE with COMMIES,,, err,,, LEFT WINGERS (LOL)

        You said...

        As EVIL and mentally insane as you are, did you say that when imbecilic, F-Grade student from Yale, aka G. W. Bush went on expensive numerous vacations at the expense of the poor. FYI the Obama's pays for their own vacations and expenses. You Evil primitive soul.
        Unlike Laura Bush, our new well educated, First Lady; Michele Obama pays for her own dress etc. etc. etc. including other expenses for the family and what did multi-millionaire, greedy Laura Bush do during her time?
        Your name says it all; Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah pea brain cells. Minute, I might add.

        You Evil (Partial-Birth Abortion approved by BHO and is pretty EVIL)
        and Mentally Insane (DOJ Holder is thinking he can recover from Fast and Furious, and the Murro Federal Building Attack
        and his Finger Prints are all over both!,,,, now that is Mentally Insane)

        You RETARD (Obama Bowls like a SPECIAL OLYMPIAN)
        Imbecils speak like Elite DemocRAT Vice Presidents!
        Now thar is a Big F'in Deal (spoken like Trailor Trash and Vice President Bite-Me!)

        Haven't seen the Grades of Dear Leader as he has spent MILLIONS to COVER UP HIS GRADES and Birth Hospital and Adopted Father's Country, and Biological Father's Nation....

        Ok, DIC-HEAD,,, show us proof of WHO PAYS WHAT TO WHO for Dresses, Transportation, Dog Care, DOUBLED SECURITY to get that Bi-atch to HAWAII (Just following the UNION BOSS speaking of the Sons o Bi-atches),,,

        or STFU!

        LOL,,, Now that is Ridiculing CHE! (wink)

        December 24, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
      • Iamnotfooled

        @ 1FreeWorld--Jealous? You should be.

        December 25, 2011 at 3:48 am |
      • 1FreeWorld

        @Iamnotfooled

        Is this where you get your news?
        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymvdfaRFVr0&w=640&h=360]

        Good Luck Iamnotdfooled!

        December 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Zombie Worshipers for Obama!!!

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSDZVIgKFDw&w=640&h=360]

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxEYfKWqZ-w&w=640&h=360]

        Just another hint to the Acorn Purple Shirts!

        Humor is the way to go! Watch to the end! You will love it!

        December 25, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxEYfKWqZ-w&w=640&h=360]

        More Humor for the Lefties!

        December 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
      • safejourney2

        1Free, I suggest your read your rants. You have made threats against the President and CNN does have your email address.

        December 26, 2011 at 2:03 am |
      • safejourney2

        1Free do you know the Central Scrutinizer. He is no longer here. You do know that CNN has your email and IP address

        December 26, 2011 at 2:17 am |
      • w...t....eph

        This is the most obnoxious, moronic, trolled thread on the entire Internet right now. Dude, you wasted probably an hour writing those pathetic rants against Obama. You know you sound like a complete imbecile right? Rant after rant! You are what is wrong with the world. A person who does not think, drinks his own kool aid (and pee), and repeats the process. You have Obama Derangement Syndrome, there is no treatment for your level of stupidity. Nothing Obama does, not killing bin Laden, not lowering taxes, not ending wars, not making your air and water clean, not making your car cost less to drive... none of that matters to you because you would rather entertain these completely insane notions of Obama being a Bond villain poised to snuff your precious Christian heart in the dead of night. Dude, take your A.D.D. meds and go do some math homework or something, you are bothering those of us with actual brain cells.

        December 26, 2011 at 2:34 am |
      • 1FreeWorld

        @safejourney2

        I have not threatened anyone!

        Want to see the Threat?

        Watch this:

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aRnxtk1do0&w=640&h=360]

        Let us know your thoughts.

        December 26, 2011 at 8:06 am |
    • jerry

      @ 1free...ie "F grade Bush Yale..etc." Where are obamas transcripts? They and most other documents associated with this marxist are sealed... I wonder why.

      December 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
      • lsgyrl

        College transcripts are not public property. You can't see mine eithet. You would know that if you went to one.

        December 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • LandArt

      This place could be so much better, with the Hawaiian Climate the plants available are spectacular to say the least, I am underwhelmed. And the hideous pool with that fake rock is simply sad and amateur at best. Somebody got ripped off.

      December 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  3. Sanjay

    Enjoy your vacation with your family and happy new year

    December 23, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  4. Blah

    ......... all on the American Taxpayers dime!!!!

    thanks O!!!

    December 23, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • spice

      Dude grow up! Every other President did the same thing or even worst. This job should come with extravagant vacations. So much BS to put up with.

      December 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
      • Mary

        Actually, your wrong. I did some research on this, past Presidents: both Bush's and the Clintons. Stayed at the White House or Camp David for Christmas. They did this out of consideration of the White House staff so they could be with their own families for Christmas. This President only started spending Christmas in Hawaii after he became President, possibly it was too expensive as just a Senator.

        December 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • Uh, no

      The president rents his own house with his own money. This is not a taxpayer expense. And he's going to visit his family, for pete's sake, delayed because of his duty. Furthermore, I, for one, would like a relaxed and well-rested president on occasion. We all know what stress does to a person, and he has perhaps the most stressful job in the world. I don't think he takes enough time off, frankly. At least he didn't throw a war and go on vacation like his predecessor did.

      December 23, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
      • Lizzie

        Prove it, you can't.

        December 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • alkoholik

      Maybe his family can stay in your trailer for Christmas?
      Oh,I forgot,your pigs are in the guest room!

      December 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • CHE

      What Tax payer’s money? As EVIL and mentally insane as you are, did you say that when imbecilic, F-Grade student from Yale, aka G. W. Bush went on expensive numerous vacations at the expense of the poor. FYI the Obama's pays for their own vacations and expenses. You Evil primitive soul.
      Unlike Laura Bush, our new well educated, First Lady; Michele Obama pays for her own dress etc. etc. etc. including other expenses for the family and what did multi-millionaire, greedy Laura Bush do during her time?
      Your name says it all; Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah pea brain cells. Minute, I might add.

      December 23, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
      • Hispanic republican

        You must be drinking the kool-aid they serve. They are the worst examples of leadership, grace and style. Jackie Kennedy she is not and he is no prize either!

        December 23, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
      • Dick Bush

        Time for Fox News to publish a warning. Might cause temporary loss of memory, blindness, anal itch, or death.

        December 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
      • Les

        Whoa! You're a very angry person...you should get some help! You shouldn't need to bring others down to prove your point.

        December 23, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
      • davec

        Either you don't know jack, or your nose is growing...... There is a LOT of proof on what Michelle spends on the taxpayer dime, including taking seperate aircraft to a vacation site, and a LOT more! Much of it is public record. Incidently, most of Bush's vacations were on his ranch, on HIS nickel.....and most of the time he had staff or delegations there for working vacations.... Research more TALK LESS!

        December 23, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
      • susan

        davec, Bush and working ?!?!
        Anyway, please go back to listen to your daddy Limbaugh and take whatever order he gives.

        December 24, 2011 at 2:55 am |
      • Jake

        Your argument makes absolutely no sense. Just because I am a republican doesn't mean I like Bush or thought he was a good president. In fact, I thought he was one of the worst presidents in American history. But there is a clear distinction between the two of them. Bush gets stuff done. Obama doesn't. By the way, thank you for proving to the world just how insanely insulting liberal arguments are. You cant take time to have a logical discussion so you through insults at the person you are debating with. Thank you for your time.

        December 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
      • Jake

        Thank you davec. You are quite correct. Now watch these liberals throw some more insults our way.

        December 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        The answer it CHE is simplw.. we all chip in and buy him a row boat.... Put him in it and point hime at South America. Then send the Coast Guard to make sure he arrives .... CAN YOU IMAGINE THE REUNION??? Hugo and Che??? Cheap at twice the price...

        December 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Watch out susan has been in the kool-aid again....

        December 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        All y'all better go to the link below!

        Discover the Evil! Discover the HOPE!

        Discover what you can do to save your Children from the Collaps!

        http://discoverthenetworks.org/

        Discover how you have been brainwashed.....

        If you go here,,, let me know.,,, and tell me what you have discovered....

        Soros will be in Jail soon!
        So will the ACORN, and ACORN Commies!
        Oh,,,, DemocRATS just went to Jail for Voter Fraud,,,,

        We will, we will, CATCH YOU!

        December 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        @CHE

        I would like to add a little and see if a Right-Winger can COMPETE with COMMIES,,, err,,, LEFT WINGERS (LOL)

        You said...

        As EVIL and mentally insane as you are, did you say that when imbecilic, F-Grade student from Yale, aka G. W. Bush went on expensive numerous vacations at the expense of the poor. FYI the Obama's pays for their own vacations and expenses. You Evil primitive soul.
        Unlike Laura Bush, our new well educated, First Lady; Michele Obama pays for her own dress etc. etc. etc. including other expenses for the family and what did multi-millionaire, greedy Laura Bush do during her time?
        Your name says it all; Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah pea brain cells. Minute, I might add.

        You Evil (Partial-Birth Abortion approved by BHO and is pretty EVIL)
        and Mentally Insane (DOJ Holder is thinking he can recover from Fast and Furious, and the Murro Federal Building Attack
        and his Finger Prints are all over both!,,,, now that is Mentally Insane)

        You RETARD (Obama Bowls like a SPECIAL OLYMPIAN)
        Imbecils speak like Elite DemocRAT Vice Presidents!
        Now thar is a Big F'in Deal (spoken like Trailor Trash and Vice President Bite-Me!)

        Haven't seen the Grades of Dear Leader as he has spent MILLIONS to COVER UP HIS GRADES and Birth Hospital and Adopted Father's Country, and Biological Father's Nation....

        Ok, DICK-HEAD,,, show us proof of WHO PAYS WHAT TO WHO for Dresses, Transportation, Dog Care, DOUBLED SECURITY to get that Bitch to HAWAII (Just following the UNION BOSS speaking of the Sons o Bitches),,,

        or STFU!

        LOL,,, Now that is Ridiculing CHE! (wink)

        December 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
      • ian

        Actually you are really wrong about that. Most of the money spent on presidential vacations isnt public records because of the security issues. Most of what you hear on TV is some presidential aide leaking out the cost of the vacation. Dont even start to say Obama takes more vacations because that is simply dead wrong, President Bush spent over 470 days on one his ranches during the presidency. And no he didnt pay out of pocket, all airfare, food, secret service, and everything else was paid for by the government

        December 25, 2011 at 8:32 am |
      • jean2009

        @davec Maybe she wouldn't need to take a separate flight if the teapotty idiots in the House didn't think holding up legislation and playing idiotic games up to the last minute before the holiday was the way to run a country.

        December 25, 2011 at 9:33 am |
      • jerry

        President Regan quit golfing while in office because of the danger he put other people in...not obama. Every other president had their own home and home town to return to for the holidays...not obama, he flys to hawaii. This mob (obamas) has no problem spending the tax payer money on themselves or to get reelected/more power. We need a real American President not this carpet bagger.

        December 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
      • safejourney2

        1Free you do know cnn has your email address?

        December 26, 2011 at 1:59 am |
      • Lizzie

        Bush stayed at his OWN house on vacation, not some rented palace.

        December 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • johnborg

      Cut me a break. Even if you had Ron Paul, the libertarian god, in the WH, he would still take vacations. Really? We're all, as a collective nation, loosing less than .00001 cents for Obama can take a vacation. Big deal. Bush took more vacations than any other president in US history.
      Source: http://www.factcheck.org/2010/01/president-obamas-vacation-days/

      December 23, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
      • n2video

        You have to realize, john, that Blah, just like all the Republicans in this country, suffer from selective amnesia. It is a sickness brought on by watching too much Fox News and listening to too much Rush Limbaugh. Unfortunately, selective amnesia is not terminal...the symptoms tend to disappear when GOP leaders cry about having made a "poor poltitcal decision" and such, but will reappear when Obama gets re-elected in 2012.

        December 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
      • fascinating

        FYI, Ron Paul said he'd only take the median American income for his pay – less than $40K/year.

        Ah, lucky Obamas! If I could be in Hawaii right now with my family, I would sure would be! For now, I'll just imagine it. :)

        December 24, 2011 at 12:28 am |
      • Lizzie

        Like all liberals you like to rewrite history, Bush was in office 8 years and Pres.Obama been there for 3 years, and in that time all we hear he and his family are on vacation, Michelle and friends are on vacation, start adding and see if he can't outdo former Presidents.

        December 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • Christine

      Wrong. The Obama's pay for the house – the cost to the taxpayers is the cost of staff and security which need to follow. With that said, it is unrealistic and unreasonable to expect that a family will imprison themselves within the white house for 4 years to save taxpayers the cost of protecting them. I hope they enjoy their vacation – we need a president who isn't completely burnt.

      December 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
      • NPhxAz

        Everybody else wants a president that doesn't completely burn us!

        December 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
      • davec

        ....And how do you tell the difference between burned out and over his head?

        December 23, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
      • Curtis

        I know for a fact the residents of Kailua would prefer the First Family stayed locked up in the White House for four years instead of clogging their streets with road blocks and security, lol.

        December 24, 2011 at 12:41 am |
      • Mike R

        davec, how can you tell when you need to get back on your meds or go back and finish high school? You might leave the dogma and the crazy prejudice at the door when you get around to it! This president took on more things in his first year than most presidents take on in an entire term (in the case of the last one, in two terms). A diet too rich in faux news is detrimental to your grey cells.

        December 24, 2011 at 2:38 am |
      • Bill in STL

        and the gas for the plane .... thehouse rental is chump change compared to that ...

        December 24, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
      • jean2009

        I didn't hear anyone complaining when that plane made 177 round trips to Crawford Texas, or to Simi Valley, California, or to Kennebunkport, Maine, and I didn't hear anyone complaining when Barbara or Nancy flew out ahead.

        I would suggest reading: George W. Bush: The War President is Missing in Action at_http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=George_ W_. Bush:_The_War_President_is_Missing_in_Action.

        Reagan spent 436 days in two terms vacationing on and off at the Simi Valley Ranch.
        Bush in 2007 was on his way to breaking Reagan's record he was up to 417 days at the Crawford Ranch.

        According to records President Obama had taken 61 days as of August 2011.

        This is so ridiculous regardless of wherever the President is he is at work....24/7/365. and for all those complaining... do you really think it costs nothing for security when the President and family are at the White House? Didn't think so...just a bunch of idiotic jealous whining....right?

        According to online sources it costs: $12,814,000 per year to operate the White House, or $35,106 per day. If you want to count everything even the president's salary and other expenses it adds up to about $1.5 billion per year source: The Intrepid website-How Much Does it Cost to Operate the White House? by Stephen M. Those figures are for what it cost in 2008.

        December 25, 2011 at 10:07 am |
      • Lizzie

        They are from Chicago, how come they can spend the holidays in their OWN house.

        December 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • Buford

      You do know that when the President goes on vacation it is coming out of his pocket book not the American people. The only expensed that the American people pay for is the White House, government trips to other countrys, Air Force One. The President even pays for the food they eat at the White House and only State Dinners are paid for by the American People.

      December 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
      • pop

        Your dreaming, if you knew how much that place rented for you'd understand that not even obama would afford it, let alone the 8 other times he's been on the beach in hawaii since becoming president...

        December 23, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        So Buford ... how did they get there .... on a public plane??? no??? did the president charter a plane??? no??? so are you telling me that he is footing the bill for a 747 from DC to Hawaii??? If he is then we are paying him way to much... The cost of the rental food and such may be his ... but getting him and his family there on 2, count 'em, 1, 2 seperate planes landed squarely on your and my shoulders.... Not to mention the added security (aka secret service) and the entourage that follows them around .... wake up Buford .... let some light in ...

        December 24, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • Terri

      Um...yeah...they pay for it out of their own funds, but where are those funds coming from? At least part if not all of it is paychecks to the President which in turn means taxpayers. They deserve a vacation. But it would be nice if the government would do their vacations with a little less flair when the country has so many people going hungry, homeless and out of work. It is what it is, I guess. For the record though, I am not at all an Obama supporter. I did not and will not vote for him. This far in and he still isn't getting it right as far as the country getting better.

      December 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
      • Lizzie

        If he would pay for everything that you imply, then by the end of each month, he owes the government money.

        December 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Bob

      Sarah Palin Must be ur mommy, fabricating stuff

      December 23, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        @BOB,,,

        Can you kill a Moose and Field Strip it such that you can eat in the wilderness?

        If not,,,

        How does it feel to be DUMBER than Sarah Palin?

        Can you find any fabricating trash on Sarah Palinv within the 1000's of pages of Email Dump she supplied,,,,

        How does it feel to be,,,,
        well,,, JUST a LEFTY and a
        USEFUL IDIOT!
        (Probably not even being paid by Soros' Foundations!)

        obumer, Obumer, OBUMER,,, We praise you and light these candles for your return,,,, thank you for taking my question!

        Can you go back to your hole?

        December 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • Satan

      The President pays to rent this out of his own salary. The taxpayer has to pay for security and logistics, as should be expected.

      December 23, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • Scott from NH

      The Iraq war cost every American family over $20,000. This vacation will cost every American family less than a dime. Do you really not care about the $20,000 that W cost you and you are focusing in on that dime?

      December 24, 2011 at 1:10 am |
      • Bill in STL

        Wake up Scott.... how many times have you had some one pay your way to Hawaii? AND would you go if your business was falling down around you ankles?

        December 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • sergio

      FYI – The Obamas where multi-millionares long before then Senator Obama ran for his senate seat. They are both Lawyers educated at Harvard University. Barack Obama graduated at the top of his Harvard Law School Graduating class. Do you really think they need to spend tax payer $$ for their vacations?? If so you must be an idiot. The Obamas, first of all are restricted from using tax $$ for personal expenses. Which is why the president is only paid $500,000 per year....which is a HUGE pay cut compared to what he could be making at a private law firm or as a Senator. Most of the members of congress earn more than the president.....you want to bitch? go bitch at Sen. Mitch McConnell. He makes $2.5M per year after taxes.....use what ever brain cells you have and think before you bitch next time.

      December 24, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • Trace

      Does it embarass you when you walk in the room and people start whispering "....psst, don't look now but here comes the village idiot" :>)

      December 24, 2011 at 10:37 am |
      • Bill in STL

        Not if those people are like you trace.... No not at all... your posts always provide the comic relief.... You must be the court jester for King O

        December 24, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        The Town in Kenya, birth place to Barry Sotero and BHO, is happy that the Village Idiot is not there,,,,

        But soon he will be there looking for a job as the Kenyan Village Idiot / Organiser again!

        Well, in 20 years, once he gets out of Prison on Good,, umm,,,,,, well,, he will be out in 20 years, unless the next Progressive President gives him a Pardon.

        December 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • lisa2010

      No, this house is paid for out of the Obama's own pocket... no taxpayers' money is involved in the rental of this house... how i know, its big news here in Hawaii, GO LOOK IT UP!!!

      December 24, 2011 at 11:24 am |
      • Bill in STL

        lisa ... read the above posts.... the house is chump change compared to the transportation and staff costs.... USE YOUR HEAD... Do you think he goes there alone .... like you??

        December 24, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
      • sara

        LMAO.....Have some of these people ever lived in the U.S. Apparently not, because as I recall, every President goes on vacations, some more (Bush) than others. But every one them go on vacations on holidays when the Congress and Senate goes. Did you complain about the others going on vacation or is it that THIS president is on vacation. Yes, you and me pay for the plane, fuel and security and the staff (because the Presdient is NEVER on vacation) and the last time I checked YOU and Me has always paid for it. Oh, I got it! He's a black man and you don't want him on the Air Force One nor his family....I get it! But he is afforded whatever ANY president in past was Affordable. Now go back under your racist rocks and rot from hate and anger.

        December 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        sara, you had to do it didn't you .... YOU had to bring race into it.... You are so sad and pathetic it isunreal. IS THAT what you fall back on? Race? I disagree with his policies not his race... I point out that while he rents the house and buys the food.... the rest is on the taxpayers dime and the cost of gas for 1 let alone 2 of those planes is far more than the chump change the rental and food cost ... AND YOU BRING IN RACE? Go crawl back into your liberal play book and try again.

        December 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      You have heard from CHE,,,

      Now look up Che on Wiliepedia:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che_Guevara

      Che was supposed to be a Doctor,,, you know, the Hippocratic Oath

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocratic_Oath

      But he KILLED LATINO and LATINA Folks,,,,
      He was a Commie,,, a Socialist,,, a DemocRAT,,,, an OBUMBER BELIEVER's Useful Idiot!

      But he had a Gun and KILLED ALOT OF CUBAN FOLKS!

      Waiting for Latinos to figure this one out and VOTE FOR FREEDOM!!!

      Che, let us know what is on your mind, Friend (wink)

      December 24, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
      • sara

        How old are you? Not an adult, I'm sure.

        December 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        LOL,,, Sara you are the most severe Obama Worshiper in the room..

        Better change colors!

        Purple is going to Jail,,, THEY ARE COMING AFTER YOU (look it up on the Internet)!

        Not much Voter Fraud will be happening in 2012....
        They are going to jail in 2011 !!!!!

        How old are you? Do you have a job or are you still in school?

        Need a job? Or are you being paid by the George Soros' #OWS gang?

        December 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
      • David TX

        @1FreeWorld

        You are lying to yourself, delusional and bitter!!!!!

        Take your pills!!! That will make you feel better!!!

        December 25, 2011 at 4:28 am |
      • Bill in STL

        Touche Mr. Texas ... such wit... Oh ... your are like trace, sara and the others .... looking for a fast track to pick a fight...So sad that it is all you people think about.

        December 25, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
      • Yooper

        You are a simple minded idiot who apparently has no friends or family since all you have done today is spread hate. If you died would anyone mourn? I doubt it... Obama 2012 since in a country of 3 billion you idiot repukes can't find one viable candidate.

        December 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
    • Iamnotfooled

      Jealous? You should be. They are a hard act to follow.

      December 25, 2011 at 3:50 am |
      • Bill in STL

        No they are not.... you seem to be able to.... the question is what will you do when you finally figure out you are lost?

        December 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • lsgyrl

      Wrong.

      December 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
    • Scooby

      You ass!! How do you know the source of payment for his vacation? You had no problem with other presidents taking vacation, did you? Stop hatin'!!!

      December 26, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  5. Tr1Xen

    Where are all the comments from the OWS people? He's rich! It must be his fault you're unhappy. Why don't you pout a little more and see if that fixes things?

    December 23, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  6. Private

    The Obama's pay for their own food, travel, and vacation expenses. NOT on the taxpayer's dime.....

    December 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  7. CHE

    Plain and simple! Can't beat that for sure.
    Mr. Pres., take all the rest as much as you can and away from all those RACIST, GOP neo-cons with bad breaths; constantly breathing over your shoulders. As stupid and coward as they are; they're now picking on Boo. How ridiculous is that?
    You and Boo should just shake it off and Yack with those RACIST, GOP neo-cons bad breaths!

    December 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • tsnootch

      you're exactly like those people who blindly supported bush during his years as president....you're just on the other side of the same coin of stupidity....and judging by your "bad breath" accusation of GOP'ers, stupidity is certainly applicable for you....no one takes you seriously so go back to your hole

      December 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • Les

      Seriously, what is wrong with you? Listen to the hate in your words, yet you are accusing others of racism. Look in the mirror, you're the one spreading hate.

      December 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • Guevara

      Hahaha. Well, thanks for the entertaining posts, if nothing else.

      December 23, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Go home to Hugo CHE....

      December 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
      • Mr Know all

        Obama is the best president ever. Period. The problem is that you were ruled by the idiot George W Bush and now cannot deal with intelligence any more

        December 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        He is? I disagree.... He is a nice enough person but his policies stink.

        December 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  8. J. S.

    Don't you mean an Asian "flair"?

    December 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
  9. Drew

    I hope they enjoy that BEAUTIFUL home. I mean, Obama's lucky enough to have been filtered out from tens of millions of American men and make it through as the sole person to become President, so he deserves this.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
  10. Bubz

    Next year it will be a farewell party!

    December 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
    • Scooby

      You wish last year will be his last! Again, the Repugs offer nothing but empty headed wealthy people who care nothing about middle income and poor Americans. No matter how much you hate Obama, the fact is: GEORGE BUSH'S POLICIES CAUSED THE DOMESTIC ECONOMIC PROBLEMS IN AMERICA!!!

      December 26, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  11. Liberty1776

    I never did mind when a president stayed in a nice house or rode in fancy cars. Think about it, he's your leader. Leaders always have the best and always have. When man was nothing more than scattered tribes squatting in the dirt the leaders of the tribes had the best huts, finest weapons, and most prized woman. If one man wants to stand up to the world as leader of the United States, I say let him have a few nice things for his trouble.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  12. Jake

    Obama is a pig. He needs to be focusing on the economy instead of spending millions in taxpayer dollars for a luxury vacation.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
  13. rs1201

    enjoy it while it lasts...Nov 2012 is coming up and you'll be back in Chicago..."organizing" and listening to Rev Wright's sermons...

    December 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • CHE

      In your toothless trailer park, neo-con dreams!

      December 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
      • ally

        chill off already, che boy

        December 23, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
      • davec

        You forgot to say Racist, like you did in your other posts........ RACIST!

        December 23, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        So, CHE, you are spoiling for a fight... just like trace?

        December 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • JGBNYC

      rs1201

      Never were more truer words spoken!!!!!

      December 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • J.A. Murphy

      Oh, poor, limited little dear...you who are no doubt in most need of this kind of a leader, can't think beyond dissing him and his character. If the world moves in your direction, the evolution of the human race is nipped in the bud and we all go back to being Orangutans.

      December 23, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • Observer

      rs1201,

      Obviously, you don't do any research like reading polls.

      December 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
      • ally

        unfortunately, polls are made by people and those folks have opinions and connections, he he

        December 23, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        you put your faith in polls???? I don't trust them ... the results are always skewed in favor of the target demographic.

        December 24, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • Sean

      in November, even if he loses, he will still be in the White House. The inauguration isn't until January. Just saying.

      December 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • Larry

      LOL – best laugh I had all day – couldn't have said it better myself !

      December 23, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • mike

      really? And which clown is going to beat Obama?

      December 23, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • Satan

      Who of the GOP field has a shot in hell of ousting Obama, exactly?

      December 23, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
      • AshamedAgain

        Please, let the successor of Obama be someone who can accomplish basic math. This man couldn't balance a check book if it consisted of two pennies and an envelope! My apologies; I forgot: Balancing the budget isn't on his agenda. Send this man back to the corrupt state we call Illinois. Maybe he can "organize" our first Socialist state. Change that!

        December 26, 2011 at 12:05 am |
      • Bill in STL

        Since hell is your domain .... why are you asking?

        December 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Akwasi

      That will be excellent. Stupid republicans like Sarah Palin command $50000 per speech. Obama will command about $200,000 per speech, full secret service protection and will not have to deal with we ungrateful Americans any more. He will still have the best of everything. What is better than that. I wish he will step down and leave the country for we all to suffer.

      December 24, 2011 at 12:59 am |
    • Mike R

      okidokey, this is why I tell my kids they need to keep going to school!

      December 24, 2011 at 2:40 am |
    • susan

      Yes, can't wait till Nov-2012.
      By the way, where is your con hero Palin now? still planning to run? oh, forgot she quit planning mid-way and now we have the "family guy" Gingrich.

      December 24, 2011 at 3:00 am |
    • lisa2010

      YOU THINK!!! JUST LOOK AT THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, AND POSSIBLY DONALD TRUMP, AS AN INDEPENDENT, WHAT MORE ENTERTAINMENT DO YOU NEED???? OBAMA 2012!!!

      December 24, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Russell Brown

      Hatred will never let you face the best in man
      to its height its depth its broad extent
      a limitless love without hatred or enmity.

      December 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Take a careful look at your posts, susan, lisa, and che....

      Do you see any similarity to 5th grade playground name calling there???

      If not ... then don't worry, some day you will

      December 24, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • sara

      Well You may as well get ready for 4 more!

      December 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Really????? I can't wait for the name calling to start.

        December 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • lsgyrl

      No he won't. Stop fantasizing.

      December 25, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  14. Secret Service - Doh!

    Does this seem like a smart thing to tell the world?

    December 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  15. LindaC

    A well deserved time of rest and family time. Enjoy, Mr. President!

    December 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  16. Kevin

    I hate people who gets facts wrong. The President pays for this house not the tax payers. But keep on listening to what others tell you instead of doing a little research and finding out the facts.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  17. Aaron

    I dig the pool. Unfortunately, I can't afford to stay in places like that. At best I might be able to get a job actually digging the pool.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Trace

      Aaron,

      Um...this is the President of the United States. But let's put things in perspective shall we? The CEO of BP makes three times as much as the president per annum, not counting stock options and bonuses. And BP get's corporate welfare (subsidies) from you and I.

      I make a decent salary but I would have to save up a couple years to afford this place....but its not anywhere near the top of the charts as a Resort for the Well-To-Do....believe me.

      December 24, 2011 at 10:35 am |
      • Bill in STL

        naturally you missed the point trace... you are so busy looking for pokes and jabs that you miss the point....
        The president is in the 1%... OWS is a sham .... for that very reason ...... It is simply small mings that are dividing the country,,

        December 24, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
      • Trace

        Oh Bill in STL / defender of all that is the GOP/Tea-Potty hate-fest of Obama,

        Answer this question (honestly if possible).....If Obama is a 1%er, and I would agree that he is; additionally its well documented that ever member of Congress is rich, .....Why Do the Dems want to Tax the Rich? Doesn't that mean that they themselves will be taxed? And before you say something really profoundly innane, even if a congress member divests themselves of income while in office, they are also required to pay taxes for investments....ask Charlie Rangel...so Why would the Dems want rich people taxed?

        I'll take your well thought out response off the air.

        December 24, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • sara

      And maybe you never will...afterall, "Corporations are people, too" ....

      December 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Never said that.... Never have and never will... Will you please stop putting your liberal garbage out as an interpretation of my position? You have no idea what I am saying .... way past your understanding .... does not make you a bad person... just gullible

        December 25, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  18. bawana

    obama has taken way less vacation time off than king george the 2nd,,,better look up your records the bub,,also he has done more than most of all the presidents i've seen in my lifetime in just 4 yrs,,,so if he was to loose after 4 yrs,,which he is not going to loose,,,he still did mopre than most all other presidents,,,,it is because all you idiot repugs are racists punks,,,i think people are finally getting to see your true colors

    December 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  19. Scott

    I don't care if he stays on Uranus as long as myself or anyone else is not paying for it. Seems to me he has a choice where to stay so let them pay for there own accomodations.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  20. Dick Bush

    7 million doesn't buy much in Hawaii. You could buy all the foreclosures in Florida for that much money!

    December 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  21. Brad

    Sure hope firefighters will come and put out that Asian FLARE before the President arrives. It would be a shame if any of that Asian FLAIR got damaged.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  22. evensteven

    I'm so glad we have a President who has the good sense to get in some healthy R&R with his family. It's is so important to take a break from the stress to keep life in perspective. If all of our anal-retentive elected representatives could relax and gain a perspective, things would be much less stressful in our political arena. Many of our representatives are in an adrenalin fueled mania which leads to incredible stress—not only for themselves and their families—but for the rest of the country as well.

    Enjoy your vacation, Mr. President.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  23. Miriam

    I have seen swankier and more expensive homes on House Hunters International. This is a nice home and frankly I wouldn't mind staying there just to get away from my neighbors. Hope they have a nice time.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  24. 32slim32

    What "middle class warrior"doesn't take $4 Million vacations in $8 Million homes?

    December 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  25. realist

    but.....black people don't like to swim and get a tan.....?????

    December 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • Scooby

      Probably because swimming is a sport where the athletes don't make any money, and black people have beautiful natural tans – no need to pay for tanning beds and lotions there, son.

      December 26, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  26. Conor McCartney

    Instead of Hawaii he'll be secretly staying in Kenya!!!

    December 23, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  27. realist

    ok (deep breath) time to even up the retard-O comments on cnn.com.........

    1 year from now......i can't wait to finally be Blobama-free at last.......

    December 23, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  28. MaryAnn in VA

    He and his family deserve a vacation. They have to stay in a safe and secure place. Enjoy your vacation and don't mind the haters, they are just jealous hearted people. All first families deserve vakays and time off. Merry Christmas President and Mrs Obama!

    December 23, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  29. SPW

    He's the president, I still love seeing people acting shocked that he and his family lives in luxury, like it's suppose to be taboo for a president to do so.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  30. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    What a GORGEOUS place! It really makes me want to visit Hawaii someday, although of course where we stay will not be anything like that. Enjoy your well-earned vacation, Pres. and Mrs. Obama and family. Then rest assured that you will have our votes and the votes of 95% of the many people we know in Nov. 2012.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
    • definitely go.

      definitely go. watch for decent tickets around march-ish. and when you see it...go. try to go to kauai...end of the road beach. bring a snorkel, mask, and flippers. (but don't go out too far because the ocean takes people away and it doesn't bring them back. we didn't know that, but there are little graves and stories all over that island of people that were lost.) we hiked up the hill sort of by napali coast and watched sea turtles catching the waves. there's a nice reef that will sort of hold you in from the ocean taking you out. you only have to go about 6-9 feet into the water to see about every fish that you see in aquariums here. clown fish. crabs that walk sideways. if you see the sand moving, it might be little crabs. anyway...go. hanalei is nice. watch the sun set there.

      December 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • JL

      Ah terrific. I love sarcasm. You stuck it to him good Leonore!

      December 24, 2011 at 12:54 am |
    • Dennis610

      Ill have some of whatever you are smoking.

      December 24, 2011 at 2:33 am |
    • Bill in STL

      thats right Leonore.... 95% of the 99% think that a member of the 1% has earned it... simply because he is president.... The jojb is still not done, like many ceo's on wall street.... he needs a brake.... lets see you use that jusification to get a vacation like this wiht all the trip and staff expenses paid for by the 99%..... IF you can afford the rent.....

      December 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        Bill do you know the saying
        Becareful that your reach does not
        exceed your grasp.
        let your love flow outward through the universe.

        December 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
      • sara

        @Bill in STL....did you take your medications? Because no sane or rational person would think like you. Anger and hate works that way. Irrational thought patterns and behaviors.

        December 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        sara you seriously don't get it do you.... I am not angry and I don't hate the president. YOU however prove your anger and hatred with each post. It must be horrible, that paranoid world in which you live, always looking over your shoulder.....

        December 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • sara

      My step Mom and Dad went to Hawaii and they said it's like no other they've ever had. I know the President will go to the edge of that ocean and draw on the strenghth and goodness of his grandmother and mother. Merry Christmas, Mr. President and have a Blessed New Year. We are praying for you and God got you and your family.

      December 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        I am sure he will .... and he should... there is a huge job waiting for him.... Oh and that is his home state... SO I imagine that he has done this before... Ya Think?

        December 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  31. humanone

    As a photographer... I think the HDR processing is a bit over the top. Otherwise... Merry Christmas!

    December 23, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  32. michael

    Merry xmas prez and family! Hoping for a better showing this coming year.

    December 23, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  33. zoundsman

    Aw, com'on and big deal. I'm never that impressed with a mansion that's not my own. Ya gotta hire gardeners, house
    keepers, never trusting these strangers and give up too much privacy. Pfft. Gimme my old beat up, comfy chair, some
    stains on my wall (but I'll clean 'em when I want to), my stacks of books I haven't read again in 10-15 years, and my
    ugly lamp ....Baby, it's my castle!

    December 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  34. Harry Baldman

    I've heard from reliable sources that this vacation will cost American taxpayers $250 Billion per day, at five days that's 1 Trillion dollars for their vacation. With the economy is such bad shape it's shameful they can't just stay at a Holiday Inn like us regular people. Please spread this on the internet so Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, and Michele Bachmann will be aware.

    December 23, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  35. Peter Griffin

    i thought CNN LOVES obama, this article is just going to make more people angry with obama

    December 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  36. Mike Chino Hills, Ca

    Have a wonderful Christmas President Obama. I sincerely appreciate the tax break next year. My family and I really needed the money. We thank you very much!! Merry Christmas

    December 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  37. tauro

    Obama will be seeing more of this in 2013. He'll have plenty of time to be "lazy" on a Hawaiian beach when he no longer occupies the White House. I think that "deep down" inside he really wants to lose the election so he can be "lazy" without hurting Americans anymore. I hope he enjoys his retirement as a wealthy one-percenter.

    December 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  38. mooki

    Alll this talk about tax payer this taxpayer that,Well i am one of those(taxpayers) and lets put things in prospective.The dude is ceo of the biggest business in the entire world.He gets a salary and I do not see any big bonus packages ,you may hate him or like him ,throw him a bone.he took on a econimy that was all apart and 2 wars and the responsibility of making decisions that wil effect lives for generations to come. He is deserving of a few days away from dc with his family.

    December 23, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  39. Bert Bigdongle

    I assume the OWS Hawaii branch will be protesting this grotesque show of conspictuous consumption on the part of the Obama family! Just think of all the poor starving mouths this money could have gone towards! The 99% deserve that Hawaii house alot more than the 1% Obama family!

    December 23, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  40. Freeman0331

    The president is required to take vacations as he is required to exercise daily. It is important for the leader of the country as it is arguably the most stressful job in the world. What a great state to visit! Aloha a nui loa!

    December 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  41. Kris

    As much as I dislike Obama and want to say how he's is wasting taxpayer money and it how it undeserved, i cannot. Being president is one b*tch of a job and vacations, though they still involve daily briefs, are necessary. It's not realistic to say they're not. We all need to vent and being an alcoholic while president is not considered a productive way to do so.

    December 23, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  42. davec

    How quaint! I love to see people remembering where they came from, so they don't get too upity!

    December 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • Trace

      @davec,

      What a knuckle-draggin, incindiary fool you are. I guess it takes all kinds.

      Instead of citing facts, you post fox news bumper sticker diatribe to make your point (?) ...truly pathetic

      December 24, 2011 at 10:27 am |
      • Bill in STL

        I wonder now, whos comments are truly incendiary, (note the correct spelling there trace) are they your comments ... possibly?

        December 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  43. dejah

    I see the racist jerks are out in force commenting on this one. Just once could some of you people take your thumbs out of your butts and actually learn something about the President's vacations and how he does pay for them before you open your ugly pieholes and show the world how iggerant you are?

    As someone else said up above, you guys didn't say squat when the F-student from Yale was taking his numerous vacations and golfing while our soldiers were being slaughtered overseas in his little wars.

    December 24, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  44. watever

    I am from Canada and I feel bad for the American people that struggle to find work and to get by. The President should stay at a Best Western if he gives a dm about his countrymen and women.

    December 24, 2011 at 12:30 am |
  45. BethT

    "Asian flare" should be "Asian flair." How can a swimming pool set among a garden and koi pond? Maybe he meant "set between?"

    December 24, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  46. Senior Citizen

    I hope you have a wonderful vacation and a Merry Christmas with you beautiful family. It's well deserved Mr. President and I'm sure you will be enjoying it next year also as our newly elected President.

    December 24, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  47. jeff

    Whoever pays for it at least we know he can relate to the common working guy.

    December 24, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • Russell Brown

      save and all of you can fiy to hawaii I have been three times and I plan to go again later
      in the newyear when you go hope you get to vist pearl habor
      that will have you thinking the story is great but to be there sends chills up me right now ,
      they are good chills just think all those service men who gave their life so we can be free ,
      .

      December 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  48. LiberalNN

    I can't believe Michelle agreed to stay in such a hovel! I thought she was making herself priority #1.

    December 24, 2011 at 1:33 am |
    • Mike R

      ?? huh??

      December 24, 2011 at 2:41 am |
    • Trace

      Tea-Potty much? LOL....hey, try getting more fiber in your diet. You'll be doing all of us a favor

      December 24, 2011 at 10:29 am |
      • Bill in STL

        The quickest way to pick a fight is to call people names trace.... but that is what you intend to do ... Isn't it?

        December 24, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Hey Trace?

        Are you with a Union?
        Do you loaf?

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ib9N7L9y08&w=640&h=360]

        Just checking,,, err,,, Card Checking (wink)

        December 25, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • sara

      Yeap, I make myself the priority too. If I didn't I would'nt have enough of me to take care of my disable veteran husband. If I didn't, I wouldn't be any good to him or me. Got it now?

      December 24, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        So if its all about you then, when do you have time for your husband.... I get what you mean, BUT, you oratory skills are lacking there.... I think what you said was that you make your prioroity your veteran husband who is disabled. Not that you make yourself the priority ..... which is how it read. Please tell your husband that I said thank you for your sacrafice on behlf of my family and especially my grand children. I also want to thank you for standing by your husband..... you don't see that all to often these days.

        December 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  49. skeptic

    It's sad that the average American won't be able to go on a vacation like this in 2012, but that doesn't mean that the president of our country shouldn't. Let's hope he keeps putting the screws to the GOP so that actual tax rates for the richest Americans get back up to around 30%.

    December 24, 2011 at 1:36 am |
  50. J.L

    The guy has earned it in spades...
    One for wacking bin laden
    Two for having to look at Mc Connel's face in person and not feel sorry for him....or his wife.

    December 24, 2011 at 1:41 am |
    • sara

      One good LMAO! That's an ugly man.

      December 26, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  51. Me

    Next President will be OBAMA for sure!!!!!!! Love it!!!!!!!!! :))))))

    December 24, 2011 at 1:53 am |
  52. agc413

    Isn't that a little stupid to allow photos to be shown of the house where the President AND his family will be. Isn't that a security risk that idiots may try something while they're on vacation? I don't like this one bit. The media is ridiculous and so is the Realtor for providing the photos.

    December 24, 2011 at 2:17 am |
    • 1FreeWorld

      @AGC

      This is the very reason why we should not have a Central Government.

      Let's say the Enemy wants to, like Vice President Biteme says, F* Up the Centralized Government of the USA...

      They know where the White House is,,,, and right around the corner,,, is the Capital, the other Departments,,,

      Just down the street is the Pentagon!

      TIME TO DECENTRALIZE...

      or time to take the control out of Washington DC and Hawaii!

      Thank you for helping us!

      Thank you!

      Put -
      the Department of Justice in Hawaii
      the Department of Defence in Texas
      the Department of HUD in Michigan
      the Department of Immigration in New Hampshire
      the Department of Homeland Security in Arizona
      etc,,,

      and with the single Atom Bomb over DC,,,
      they would have nothing!

      You go Girl!

      December 25, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        You might want to go to Federalism,,,, like described in the CONSITUTION,,,,

        The Federal Govenrment is supposed to do only 23 things,,, and with all the money they get,,, they could probably do thoes 23 things very well,,,

        The States give only a little certain amount of Liberty and Freedom away to the Federal Government,,,,

        The remainder goes to the States and to the PEOPLE!

        Let's Celebrate MLK day in January,,,, with CL Bryant's movie!

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxEYfKWqZ-w&w=640&h=360]

        December 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      @agc

      Recall if you will that the Extream Left are the ones that want to Control YOU!

      They Kill Folks so that they can CONTROL THE OTHERS....

      Commies,,, Socialists,,, Maoists,,, NAZIs,,,, Theocrachcies,,,, Oligarchs,,,, Monachs,,, etc!

      TIME TO FIGHT FOR LIBERTY and not support TYRANNTS, like the Clintons, George Soros, The Benevolent Dictator in Italy and Cuba and Libya and Egypt and N Korea and Venezuela and Brazil,,, and soon to be Russia AGAIN...oh,,, and like the Keyan!

      December 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
      • safejourney2

        Wow 1F, you are really a bitter person. Hope you find peace in your life

        December 26, 2011 at 1:41 am |
    • 1FreeWorld

      @safejourney2

      We can thank Clinton for giving the Balistic Missle Technology to China.

      Let us hope a Slow Boat from China or Iran or N. Korea is not housing any items going to Hawaii!

      Watch this and comment....

      Oh, should we spend less money at the Department of Defense?

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFhCPsiMP0I&w=640&h=360]

      What are your thoughts?

      December 26, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  53. usmarineveteran81

    i could give 2 flying F$$Ks where he goes on vacation...he's a traitor with the passage of ndaa and allowing brutality with protests and limits on freedom speech...also printing money with no collateral to pay for blood and oil...u r a 1 term president mister! we don't allow dictators in america...your days are numbered or it will be the end of america, either way you're going down!

    December 24, 2011 at 2:19 am |
    • Leroy

      You must be a member of the Glen Beck fan club...

      December 26, 2011 at 12:06 am |
  54. Dennis610

    To those of you who think this is "no big deal", you should try living here! When they travel roads get shut down. When he wants to play golf on K-bay we lose our tee times, if he wants to play ball they kick us out of the gym. Major sections of highway are close when he travels.. Its a freaking island! Having the first family here is beyond inconvenient for everyone else, not that I expect them to care.

    December 24, 2011 at 2:30 am |
  55. Dennis610

    Never mind that Michelle just HAD to come early. Im sick of hearing about Bush to, when is someone going to set the example instead of pointing at his predecessor?

    December 24, 2011 at 2:32 am |
  56. Bribarian

    hopefully we see some volcanic activity

    December 24, 2011 at 2:41 am |
    • lisa2010

      hey, we do have volcanic activity, in fact we've been having it since the 1980's and its on the island of Hawaii...

      December 24, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Trace

      ...and at some point we hope to see some thought provoking activity (e.g. Sanity) from you and the GOP/Tea Baggers in 2012. Not likely, but we are yet hopeful.

      This country's two party system of government works so much better when both sides have coherent ideas....not when one party (the Dems) are trying to correct the mess of a full blown melt down, and the other party (the GOP/Tea Potty's) act like monkeys in a zoo, throwing extriment at all those that happen to walk by....what do you think?

      December 24, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        more name calling trace... are you truly that formidable?

        December 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
      • sara

        Aint that the Truth!

        December 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        I am not sure what you mean sara.. so I will go with my initial feeling ... I am sorry that you agree with trace.... This continual bickering has to stop for the good of the country. When will you and trace learn the first rule? When you insult some one, you will never gain their cooperation, especially when it is in a public forum..... The sad part is that this is what you intend to do and that makes it as malicious as any act you complain about.

        December 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Hey Trace?

        Can you even Teabag some one?
        Are you a Girl or Boy?

        If you are a Girl, you can be Teabagged,,,,
        If you are a Bou, you can be Teabagged and you can Teabag others!

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELy61zkZHO0&w=640&h=360]

        Look it up and see why AC 180-reach around is soooo funny!

        Humor is the way to go!

        December 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Leroy

      Enjoy a tall glass of prune juice and you'll experience your own "volcanic activity" numbnuts...

      December 26, 2011 at 12:08 am |
  57. ellenkatz

    Every President has taken a vacation, and every President has been mocked for doing so. Obama was born in Hawaii and he is going back to his roots.

    December 24, 2011 at 2:42 am |
  58. ozzie

    this is great and the pres desrves every minute of it...have a great rest Mr. President!!!!!!!

    December 24, 2011 at 2:45 am |
  59. omegarising

    America is now a police state. The constitution no longer applies. We can be searched without probable cause, case in point, I am considered a terrorist by the TSA for even attempting to enter an airport. As soon as I enter an airport I am stripped of my constitutional rights and am treated and considered as a terrorist.

    My own government, you know, "for the people by the people" can now arrest and detain me indefinitely and without cause or a trial, and can even kill me with no explanation what so ever except to say, he was on a "list" and for national security reasons we can disclose no other info.

    If I say I believe in liberty and freedom and the constitution, my illegal, criminally corrupt, government says I am a terrorist.

    It was Thomas Jefferson who said “Occasionally the tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.”

    THAT TIME IS NOW! TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY! TAKE BACK YOUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTIES! TAKE BACK AMERICA FROM THE CRIMINALS!!

    RON PAUL 2012! THE ONLY CHOICE FREEDOM AND LIBERTY LOVERS HAS TO MAKE!!

    December 24, 2011 at 3:09 am |
  60. evensteven

    I envy those kids!

    December 24, 2011 at 3:59 am |
  61. Paul Shaft

    The reporter has got the designer's name wrong – it is not Jay Garcia but Jay Gorsia – the retards as CNN should get it right

    December 24, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  62. dick

    Bush haters still around? How about Clinton haters or Bush Sr. or Nixon or Eisenhower or do you just like to hate.?
    Get a life!

    December 24, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  63. george of the jungle

    Gosh here we go again. The repos are once again showing their mean natured stupidity. Don't we all take vacations? I guess none of you have Christmas off? The government pick up the tab for security. Like they still do for ex president Bush and all the repos running for president. But the Obamas pick up the tab for the rental and their own food etc. You seem to forget of all the politicans he is not the riches . I don't think they flaunt their position at all. Have a merry Christmas and hope the first family does too.

    December 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • Howdy

      I think the ex-presidents made an effort to pay for their vacations through economic growth

      December 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      So George ... which costs more ... the chump change for the rent and food .... or the fuel for 2 planes (747's) and staff??? I will wait to see if you can figure this one out all by yourself..

      December 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Don't forget ex-president clinto and ex-president carter.... yah ... the one that sent condolences to N. Korea...

      December 24, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  64. jerry

    you know...this guy reminds me of the German dictator (if I put his name in here it won't post)..the comic strutting, big speeches, and all empty nothingness....just a grasp for power and ego gratification. obama is in constant media blitz without any shame or care of the expense and danger he puts Americans and the secret service in...

    December 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • David TX

      Prez Obama is one of the best. Where were you, when repubs in Power?

      December 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
      • Jake

        Obama is a socialist that is corrupting the government, economy, and employment in our great nation. We need someone with leadership qualities to take the wheel. GOP 2012!

        December 24, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • emskadittle

      and you remind me of gomer pyle

      December 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      Jerry can you explain the Germen dictator remark
      we should tone down the remarks that are evil and hateful
      .
      can I speak freely Jerry
      what you do not know you will fear
      in stead of being bitter pray for leaders enough of the hate
      chnia and russia are teaming up to win
      because they know there is a lot of hate in america
      we got to come together
      my mother told me hatred can eat you up
      and it really did
      Thank G-d for his light

      December 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Russel... you ae right.... Please speak to trace about this as well.... trce seems to be truly spoiling for a fight and I believe that if he is disappointed .... there could be problems...

        December 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
      • safejourney2

        Well said Russell, well said

        December 26, 2011 at 1:46 am |
  65. m

    Not too shabby.

    December 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  66. Howdy

    Nice Digs fit for a king...all rise! after you pay your taxes, that is

    December 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  67. Dontbow

    Then off to Asia to his birth place. Some mud shack no doubt.

    December 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      Hatred will never let you face the best in man.

      December 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  68. iab

    Pres. Obama is NEVER on vacation. Where ever he is he in constant touch with THE WHITE HOUSE and what is going on in the world. He is still briefed daily, in touch 24/7. I can tell the uninformed ones, the ones who are less informed, do little research, get all their thoughts and news form people like Limbaugh, Mitch Mcconnell, Bauchman and the haters of the USA.

    Bauchmann is anti government yet she gets farm subsidies, her husband has Medicare, medicaid patients. B/4 u rag on Pres. O. you'd better check the true facts. read, do some research on your own. He is the president of the USA and all who live here. He WILL win in 2012 and I believe some of the pressure will come form foreign countries b/c the GOP only believes in killing, power, division, hatred, control of the world through fear. Leader all over the world like and respect Pres. O. mainly b/c most r more educated, not so ethnocentric, money hungry, power driven. Now the GOP wants to bomb Iran. Intelligent Americans DO NOT want another war where our young poor people r sent to protect the wealth of the 1%. I pray daily for our Pres. and his family. I pray for God to guide him, provide his with wisdom and knowledge. We have no clue as to what he is presented with each day, the domino affect that takes place with every decision he makes. I'm an 81 yr old AA Female, read daily, do research and I can't believe what the people who present the news leave out. The pres has the ideals, looks ahead, the congress writes the laws (most r wealthy) so who would the laws benefit the most, wake up people. The 99% has begin to see the light, look at the 99% who do you see? All colors, religions, gays, straights,. This is what America is, greed. hatred, division SHOULD not stand in the way of America being the leader of the world WAR, KILLING, FEAR, HATRED WILL NOT DO IT. We need to educate our people, be leaders in technology, research, development. We need more scientist, builders, the wealthy who invest in THIS COUNTRY, build roads, bridges, schools, solar panels, wind mills that product energy. It goes on and on.

    December 24, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      iab, and this is where you liberals make your mistake .... Yes he is the President.... AND that office deserves the respect of the American people. You can disagree with the presidents politics, and you should be able to with out the insults provided here.

      You were insulting and demeaning to presidet Bush ... with such names as "the shrub" and thief... But when someone disagrees with President Obama you are outraged? The the name calling starts and it turns into a verbal war that this ountry can ill afford. The truly sad part is when the president makes devisive comments publically from the presidentail podium... "they acted stupidly" comes to mind.

      It is time for Americans to use their differences to build a stronger America andnot help politicians tear it down.

      December 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
      • Trace

        Bill in STL,

        It appears you and I have gotten off to bad start. I have to apologize for my, at times tart comments, regarding your party (The Tea Party). I've never quite warmed to the idea of supporting angry people, whose only goal is to make the president a one term president. What happenend to working of the good of the entire country? Since when is it necessary to make all efforts about seeing a duly elected president fail? Well, I'm sure you agree with that approach of us we americans paying for the Tea Party members to go to the capital and literally bring our government to a grinding halt. I don't...sorry I can't think of it as being anything other than stupid and un-american, bordering on treason. Obviously you feel differently. I've have always been an american and believe that no matter what party is in power, we are all americans and in times of war and economic uncertainty, we all pull together. That's what we did when Bush was in office....though granted, there was some name calling. But never was there the attitude "we hate this guy and we are dedicated to destroying, him, his presidency and everything that he does". President Obama is being afforded that treatment by YOUR Party. And I personally don't agree with that approach.

        Now as it relates to "spoiling for a fight"...Come on Bill, that's pretty childish right? Did you actually say that ? a couple of times??? If you meant that, here's something to help you out; ....Bill you are Not that Important In My Life that fighting with you is even necessary dude. Get real ok? In the Meantime have a Wonderful New Year.

        December 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  69. joeinalabama

    Didn't know that public housing was that high in Oahu, but then they built public housing here for $197,000 a unit when the median cost of a home here is $147,000. I guess it's just tax money

    December 24, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • sara

      I'm confused. Public Housing, where did that come from? That's a mansion and growing up, I didn't ever read the Resident grew up in public housing. And if he did..AND? I didn't ever live in public housing. All Blacks aren't poor, just as all whites or any other ethnicity are poor. There's 1/2 of America poor....and no doubt you are too.

      December 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      I got the joke ... LMAO ..... Sorry you did no sara

      December 25, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
      • sara

        Sorry, Bill in STL....I still don't get the "joke"...how does your brain connect the President and public housing? I thought that student from FAMU cleared this up with that Medicare Bilking, dumb, racist governor of Florida last week.

        December 26, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  70. james

    His Royal Highness King Obama taking a much needed vacation from the pressures of Washinton,DC Government life in the fast lane. HO Hummm–

    December 25, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • Iamnotfooled

      Jealous? You should be.

      December 25, 2011 at 3:39 am |
  71. Republicans getting smacked by their lies

    People need to quit hating...I will stick by my President..you folks that hate need to get a life and leave Faux news and limbaugh feeding you crap...I will always disreguard anything you say because you are bigots and cannot reason...I will vote for the President again..state ID and all...F**k all you bigots.. Obama/Biden for anther 4 years!

    December 25, 2011 at 3:30 am |
  72. Iamnotfooled

    I have never seen such jealousy. How come you guys don't complain about 435 members of the House who work 2 weeks and go home for 1 week all through the year? Add that up. Bush was just days shy of vacationing 3 years out of his 8 years. President Obama and his family are worth every cent. He is just as entitled to the perks as any other President has been. It's just that we now have the internet and knows his every move. What do you expect the Presiudent of the United States and his family to do fly coach class? Get real. Plain jealousy. Merry Christmas President Obama, First Lady Michelle, Sasha and Malia. Enjoy beautiful Hawaii your home.

    December 25, 2011 at 3:38 am |
  73. Iamnotfooled

    You can cry all you want about him going to Hawaii. Guess what? They will still go home for Christmas every year. And there is nothing you can do about it.

    December 25, 2011 at 3:55 am |
  74. Trace

    Wow...This President is SO hated by a portion of this country. Its absolutely amazing how hate drives people bonkers. Just look at these posts

    December 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      @Trace

      Are you Male or Female?

      I want to know if you can Teabag (and get Teabagged) or if you can only be Teabagged...

      Just trying to get the humor of the DemocRATS/Commies/Alinsky Folks

      Just wondering,,, can a woman teabag another woman,,,, if so, how do they do it???

      LOL
      I am killing myself!

      I bet you won't answer.

      December 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  75. Trace

    Oh, Bill in STL,

    ....spoiling for a fight??? Dude, you must have gotten it all twisted in your head. What you say on your posts; well, I really don't think about it or even care. You and Tea party hate the president for some reason. I don't!

    So don't be offended or think its necessary to "spoil for fight" , its just I could care less what you actually think as hating the president seems irrational to me to begin with.

    December 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      How sad trace, you really have fooled even your self.. I have not used any terms such as you do, I will not insult in such a manner. I will ask questions ... and so far you have not answered them, even privately, to see if there is any merit in what I say.

      Finally I do not hate the president, I disagree with his policies, and I do not hate you or any of your buddies on this thread that want to provoke and push poeple into anger/hate. I simply feel sorry for you and have been trying to show you another valid view point... to bad you are so blinded by your own self image..

      December 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
      • Trace

        @bill in STl, my conservative friend....again I must apologize, I do not recall your question(s). However, I would be more than happy to answer them upon seeing your next post.

        What I NOW understand about you is that "you do not hate the President, just his policies" and in response, everyone, including myself should understand and respect that.

        Have a Wonderful New Year!

        December 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  76. jerry

    The first CARPET BAGGER president....no real home to return to...a fabricated life, and a fabricated presidency. We need a president with an American brain and American ideals.

    December 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • lsgyrl

      His home is in /chicago. He is an American. Who are you to define what makes an american.

      December 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      Jerry can I
      speak freely
      Please don't hurt others
      please try to work with people and be helpful,
      to them .
      A fantastically large number of people support the cammader and cheif,
      Ask your self where america was going then and ask your self where american
      is going now
      we have to come together with love of G-D and country
      we are in this together name calling shows who you are,
      I AM concern that you feel you can be hurtful and evil
      can you tone down the evil tone american is watching and listening .
      peace is not only the goal it must be the way.
      may G-D bless you and yours happynew years

      December 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        What does G-D mean?
        God Damn? Like BHO's Pastor said about the USA? God Damn the USA (America)????
        or GOD?

        You can say God here!

        You can also say Shellacking, too!
        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYFNOGGwbn8&w=640&h=360]

        Please watch on minute 3:00 and on minute 6:00 for a minute or 2,,,

        Is he on the golf course again????

        What is BHO's handicap?
        NO, Not at Bowling,,, he Bowls like a RETARD!

        I mean at,,,,
        No, Not at golf!

        I mean at his Second Coming,,, err,,, Shellacking!!!
        He is 0,,,, err,,, Goose Eggs,,, errr,,, the DemocRATS are
        0 for 3 (in votin' Years)...

        December 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        @Russell

        You said
        """"A fantastically large number of people support the cammader and cheif,
        Ask your self where america was going then and ask your self where american
        is going now"""

        Russell, you are a Character!

        I get the joke!

        """cammader"""

        Cam-Corder,,, err,,, Teleprompter and Cheif"

        Better not say that again,,, Soros may FIRE YOU!

        Ask,,, where america (oops, no capital A,,, so (sic))

        AND you said,,,

        ask,,, where american (oops, no capital A and really bad grammar,,, so (sic sic)) is going now.

        Why can't we all get along in America?

        Can you
        (ask your self or is that yourself???? hmmm... )
        spell FREEDOM?

        December 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  77. chuckly

    you foxtards are nothing but scum bags. BUSH took 3 times the vacations that obama has taken. So do the world a favor and go hang yourselves.

    December 25, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  78. Dave

    Quite the expensive vacation, ON THE TAX PAYERS TAB, considering the country has no money. Between all secret service involved the tab has to be a couple million easy. MY TAX DOLLARS AT WORK. I can't afford to go anywhere, but I sure as heck can afford to send him!!!!!

    December 25, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  79. Gigel

    All clowns.....
    Merry Christmas to our President and his lovely family. God bless!!

    December 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  80. Kelly Cassidy

    Happy Holidays, Mr. President, family, and Bo. What a beautiful house.

    December 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  81. Miriam

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday's and Happy New Year. All of you haters have got to get a life. No wonder we are in this mess. But you know, things are getting better despite of the haters.

    December 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
  82. Curt

    Have fun in fantasy land.

    December 25, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  83. This Can't be the REAL America!

    In my 40 years, I have never seen a POTUS scrutinized for his vacations as much as this one has by the ultra Right-wing in this country. Just a coincidence?

    December 25, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  84. Good bye ob

    Let them eat cake said King obama.....! This idot is about as tone deaf as I've ever seen a president. Live it up ob....it's one of your last vacations before you're out on the street and back to the cesspoll of IL politics.

    December 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • safejourney2

      Wow good, you are really a bitter person. Hope you find peace in your life

      December 26, 2011 at 1:53 am |
    • Russell Brown

      whatever joy there is in this world
      all comes from desiring others to be happy,
      and whatever suffering there is in this world,
      all comes from desiring oneself to be happy.

      December 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        @Russell

        You said
        """whatever joy there is in this world
        all comes from desiring others to be happy,
        and whatever suffering there is in this world,
        all comes from desiring oneself to be happy."""

        I say,
        before you can desire happiness for others,
        you need to be in a safe place
        to truly desire happiness for others.

        For example, If I were living on the Mexican/USA border

        and the Mexican Drug Cartel wanted happiness in getting their product delivered throughout the USA,
        and they would stop at nothing to make sure their customers were happy (also)

        OR

        Illegal Immigrants from Mexico, the Middle East, and other countries
        that may, or may not, want to harm
        the happiness of those living legally within the USA,

        who also may, or may not, be infidels (to some religions) and
        have those infidels brought to (in some religions') Justice in the USA,
        and they want to come to the USA, illegally, via the border and wanted happiness to achieve their goals,,,
        such as
        breaking the Laws of the Land,
        stopping infidels,
        protesting illegally,
        Plan, Devise, Orchestrate, and Execute Government Overthrows,,,

        Now tell me,,,
        do you truly want happiness for those that want to break the laws, that want to hurt or kill you?

        I would really like to know your perspective before the Drug Cartel takes you out!

        December 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  85. Sean

    Good for you, Mr. President! Very interesting to see what you found as relaxing, even when you're always on call for work duties. Thank you for all you have done for this great nation. I wish you a happy new year's as well. And blessings with the election in the fall. Good day to you, dear sir!

    December 26, 2011 at 12:03 am |
  86. achepotle

    After a terrific year like this, you and your family deserve a wonderful holiday! Merry Christmas!

    December 26, 2011 at 12:12 am |
  87. AshamedAgain

    When my salaried job isn't done to my satisfaction, or anyone else's, I work overtime to get things to a manageable state. This man's leadership has put this country behind. He works for us! He should get back to work, or at least try to start working. I guess I could take this idiocy vs. "presidency," if all we were losing was four years of prosperity, but we are losing the prosperity of our great-grandchildren because of these failed four years.

    December 26, 2011 at 12:25 am |
  88. pherz

    Obama like these Islands are ephemeral

    December 26, 2011 at 12:37 am |
  89. .....

    Is this where my social security went?

    December 26, 2011 at 12:50 am |
  90. LIZA MINNELLI PACHECO

    u know - out all things that can be said on this page it takes a lot to run this country yet to say it takes even more if it was turned to you the way it was turn to President Obama do not critize if you have not walked the walk - for this country to be a better place you have to choose the senate correctly and you will have a great president !!! as far to the Obamas Merry Christmas and Happy new year !!

    December 26, 2011 at 12:58 am |
  91. safejourney2

    Beautiful home. Enjoy your vacation Mr. President.

    December 26, 2011 at 2:11 am |
  92. NewRome

    Ahhhh, Hawaii, the birthplace of the president of United Airlines William A. Patterson.

    December 26, 2011 at 2:28 am |
  93. Your Panties in Texas

    I totally approve. By the way, Ron Paul for President.

    December 26, 2011 at 3:01 am |
  94. MaryM

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

    December 26, 2011 at 3:29 am |
  95. george of the jungle

    Never vote for a republican. They are a crude stupid lot as expressed by the comments here. The first lady takes phone calls from Santa and they make remarks about her teeth. The Obamas go to church and they make remarks about their religion They rent a fairly modest place considering he is the president and they still have comments to make. Narrow minded bigots who will run this country into the ground.Go away we are tired of your stupid negitive remarks over and over. You lost the last election Get over it.. This is our president. You can vote him out but show some respect for the office and his family.And if you need to complaine do it about policy not somesones looks !

    December 26, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  96. Trace

    So much anger these days. Well, its expected considering the state of the country's economy (i.e. high unemployment). There are so many families hurting and/or suffering these days. But we are all Americans right? We pull together right?

    Now to my conservative friends; I think its pretty hard to blame Obama for the problems this country experienced prior to being sworn in. I'm not going to go into the sorry state of this country when Obama took over, but the President has reversed a couple of things. 1) We were lost 8 million jobs before he was sworn in. That's alot of jobs. Since Obama's much criticized, the US economy gained 3 million jobs. Ok...so he still has 5 million to recover, but isn't that a good thing?
    2). The Auto Industry (the big 3) were bankrupt, not because of the unions, but because they were all making super tankers on 4 wheels and then the price of gas went sky high, so the result was academic. But agree or disagree, Obama helped revive that part of our economy and now the companies are on their way back. 3). The two wars were fought on credit for the first time in the history of this nation. Think Obama has been thoughtful about using our military strength...Ghadaffi, OBL are no longer threats to this country, without a single U.S. life lost.

    These are accomplishments...No matter How you look at it.

    We have huge disagreements amongst americans these days. But my hope is we will build on the successes of the past three (3) years...and we can, if we just consider the alternatives.

    Wishing EveryOne a Wonderful New Year and we find Unity – Together

    December 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Which were the "Big 3"???

      Ford did not take a "GOVERNMENT WELFARE HAND OUT"...

      What are the other 3???

      Can you show numbers that indicate all the 'Big 3"?

      I suspect the cars that most Lib's are driving are foreign-made cars,,, just look at the Obumer Stickers on the Cars,,,,
      Then ask WHY are LIBS SUPPORTING UNIONS!

      Well, I have heard the foreign-made cars are safer (something like that)

      Just a thought!

      December 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  97. 1FreeWorld

    For those folks leaning towards a more Cuban or more N. Korean or more Venezuelen or more Iranian way of life,

    Please do not go here,,,

    For those that want to get out of the European way of life,,,
    Like Greece,,, Spain,,, UK,,,
    and those that want to get out of the Middle-Eastern way of life,,,
    but are in the USA,,

    Check out:

    http://senateconservatives.com/site/about

    and then report back...

    and also support those that want FREEDOM...

    All others,,, go here:

    LATINOS,,, BLACKS,,,, MUSLIMS,,, RUSSIANS,,, ASIANS,,,

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55aujTwuJY8&w=640&h=360]

    Oh Safejourney2,,, I have held coveted rankings in the US Government,,,

    and listen,,, they have your email and address, also (as I have mentioned before)!

    CNN really is trying to allow the Socialist amd Commies and UN's Theocrats to prevail in the (new) One World Order,,,
    But we cannot ALL really get along,,,,

    Can you tell us why?

    December 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
  98. 1FreeWorld

    No Hate at all!

    Let's see where this post goes!

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123093176783149767.html

    Why can't we all just get along?

    Wishing happiness to Russell!

    December 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      See if you want to put your email account and other info on this account!

      http://www.langleyintelligencegroup.com/ArticleAnalysis/Iraq-Arrest-Warrant-Bombings-a-Bad-Omen-After-US-W

      You might want to know,,,, TRACE and SARA and RUSSELL and all the other Libs!

      December 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  99. 1FreeWorld

    From the post at the following link:

    http://www.examiner.com/jewish-culture-in-philadelphia/nigeria-christmas-church-massacres-obama-says-senseless-won-t-say-muslim

    Barack Obama's White House has issued a statement. As can be expected, given that the victims were Christian and the perpetrators were Muslim, that statement was unspecific and basically half-hearted. Its text follows:

    "We condemn this senseless violence and tragic loss of life on Christmas Day. We offer our sincere condolences to the Nigerian people and especially those who lost family and loved ones. We have been in contact with Nigerian officials about what initially appear to be terrorist acts and pledge to assist them in bringing those responsible to justice,"

    Needless to say, the statement by the Muslim-raised-and-educated Obama, whose supposed Christianity has basically its sole foundation in his long-time membership in the Black Liberation Theology "church" of anti-white Jeremiah Wright, did not include terms such as "Islam," "Muslim," "jihad," or even "Christian" in his statement.

    December 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  100. Butcicky

    best for you wallet brand suprisely

    February 8, 2012 at 1:22 am |