December 25th, 2011
08:57 PM ET

Christmas in Hawaii

President Obama and his family are spending Christmas on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.   According to information provided by the White House the first family opened presents and sang carols before heading to Christmas services at the Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay chapel.

Later in the day President Obama and the first lady will head back to the base to visit with service members and their families.

Topics: The Family • Vacation

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  1. David TX

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy 2012 Mr. President and all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 26, 2011 at 4:32 am |
  2. sara

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Mr. President.

    December 26, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  3. george of the jungle

    Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year to you and your family. Get plenty of rest you will need it.

    December 26, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • Rahmat

      Greg, people here are not happy with the Republican Party. The debt did iesrnace on their watch. What has changed since 2008 is that we went from running deficits around 5-10% to around 40%. This sudden and unprecedented iesrnace, and the fact that we have nothing to show for the 30% iesrnace in government spending, and that Democrat policies are actually preventing an economic recovery, is what drove many people to become politically active for the first time in their lives. The crisis that was slowly brewing was brought to a boil suddenly by radical Democrat policies.I linked a graph showing the sudden jump in the deficit. You apparently have no reaction to it. I hope you're getting paid for defending the indefensible. At least then somebody would be getting something out of it.Addendum: I also note that, to Greg, letting people keep money they've earned is wealth transfer, but taking their money away and giving it to someone else is not. I think this is about resentment of the well-to-do.Greg, how many jobs are created by the poor?Reply

      March 2, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  4. 2012 Supporter

    Enjoy your TIme away from the WhiteHouse. Get Plenty of Rest, Eat some Great Food(lots of spinach) for muscles
    2012 will be a Great Year for A Great FIrst Family. Merry Christmas.

    December 26, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  5. iab

    May God grant you good health, joy, peace, happiness, protection, and the very best of everything always. You are the greatest, most caring president I have seen in my 81 yrs on this planet. I pray daily for your success in leading this country back to what we used to be b/4 money, power, and world control became the GOD of the 1%. You will succeed b/c God is in control and you are the president of ALL AMERICANS. The sooner the less informed realize this the better this country will be.


    December 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Scott

      The trip cost $4,113,038 you idiot. Just because he is half black, it doesn't mean he is poor.

      December 27, 2011 at 10:23 am |
      • Maria Hatch

        Many unemployed and SS recipients would love to have some that $4.1 Million. This is very sad, what a waist of tax dollers.

        December 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • John

      Typical lib. You need to turn a nice holiday wish into bashing of people who disagree with you.

      December 27, 2011 at 11:19 am |
      • Emmy Skaddittle

        Dean, how could you possibly think by scotts comment that he is a liberal

        December 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  6. iab


    December 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  7. the99%willhavevictory

    Happy Holidays Mr. President and the First Family.

    December 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  8. jerry

    no problem spending the tax payer dollars...just print some more.

    December 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  9. ser

    The Queen of England can ride a train but our first family can't wait to fly to Hawaii together. If being together means so much to them, why would our first lady not wait and fly out together or just stay in Washington in case President Obama was unable to join them. Can they ever save the taxpayers money on their vacations?

    December 26, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
    • leatherneck

      Yeah! What's wrong with a president who can't just take a train from D.C. to Hawaii like the common man. Wait a minute...

      December 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      what the hell does the queen riding in her own train have to do with the President?

      December 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
    • jean2009

      You moron.... the Queen beside trains also has several planes plus several boats, at her disposal.
      read:"Trains, Planes and Automobiles" @

      I think we should all ask this question why should the president even need to ask congress to raise the debt ceiling for money they have already borrowed and spent? One would think it would not need to be asked just done.
      The constitution states in Article 1 Section 8 – That Congress shall have power to borrow money on the credit of the United States. Which we all know they have done on a regular basis from looking at the current national debt... Add the fact that –The 14tth Amendment.Section 4 -states -The validity of the public debt of the United States shall not be questioned.

      Which means we the taxpayers stand behind those debts congress has charged to our account, and do not question whether or not we pay our debts.

      The Tea Potty is made up of a bunch of idiots who didn't have a problem with George W. raising the debt ceiling 9 times and Reagan 18 times. Now those bills are shut up and pay them as the Constitution you want to frequently quote says you should.

      December 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  10. Dean

    Only one more taxpayer-funded Christmas to go...

    December 27, 2011 at 9:37 am |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      I am totally confused my your comment, do you mean that if a republican wins that he won't celibate Christmas on our dime, like every president before him, or do you see some non christian winning the white house. because i swear you all thought Obama was muslam

      December 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
      • cllatham

        Our GREATEST President Ronald Reagan celebrated Christmas in Washington. Also, I didn't know that muslims celebrated Christmas.

        December 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Joe no Reagan didn't he spent Christmas at a his Simi Valley Ranch in California. He actually spent 2 1/2 years of his 8 year term on vacations at his ranch.

        i would also suggest reading: "FLASHBACK: Facing 9.5% Unemployment , Reagan Sets Off On 25 – Day Summer Vacation" at Media Matters website.

        December 29, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
      • jean2009

        I mean Cilatham.

        December 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
      • jean2009

        Reagan worst president of my 76 years.

        December 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
      • cllatham

        No, worst presidents for the past 45 years are, #1 BHO, #2 Jimmy Carter, #3 LBJ, #4 Richard Nixon & #5 Slick Billy Clinton.

        December 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
      • jean2009

        Worst presidents of my 76 years....Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush in that order. Actually George W. Bush ranks 5th worst on the Siena College Presidential Rankings Poll.

        December 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  11. Scott

    The trip only cost $4,113,038. Thanks Obama.

    December 27, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • leatherneck

      That's because he is the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! Or shall he just take a commercial flight with no security detail and just put his life and the stability of our country at risk?

      December 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
      • cllatham

        BHO can pay for his own way & expenses or stay home. It would be cheaper for him to go to Chicago. I thought that was his favorite place to live & stay, with his other crooked buddies.

        December 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      well maybe he should fly back coach, you are an idiot

      December 27, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  12. Trace

    jerry & Dean,

    Have you guys noticed the GOP/Tea-Potty candidates, a pack of loons and clowns? LOL If either of you had any conviction, you would be singing the praises of your favorite candidate.

    My bet is not only is the conservative ideology a loser, but you guys don't even like any of the GOP/Tea-Potty goof balls running for president. Am I right? Am I right? LOL

    Anyway jerry, the president has always been covered for vacations at the expense of tax payers. Why; Because He's working for the country everyday anyway.

    Dean, ha....good luck with that. What you may not know is that most americans are intelligent and there is no way they would want to replace president Obama with any one of the Non-Presidential candidates being offer by the party of Zero Ideas.

    December 27, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • John

      Have you seen any polls at all? Most working Americans can't get rid of this guy fast enough. Seems like his only supporters are people living off the governmnet.
      People like you make fun of Tea Party people, but support the flea party.

      December 27, 2011 at 11:23 am |
      • Trace


        I do look at the polls, but don't put too much stock in them. But if I did, there isn't GOP/Tea candidate that looks anything better than a hemarroid (SIC).

        Come on John you can't be that incoherent to think that the majority of americans would rather have on the Republican Bozo the Clown acts in the WH, instead of Obama. Just because the GOP/Tea Potty heads hate this president, it doesn't mean the rest of the country is completely stupid all of a sudden.

        Go lay down now, and take your meds. Its gonna be really tough for you and Faux a Dumb-Dumb comedy news, to make any sense to any one with a brain in 2012

        December 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Maria Hatch

      Who can afford $10,000 per night as Nancy Pelosi is doing? Please do not compared the Tea Party members with these hypocrits. She and Obama support the OWS, this is really funny?????

      December 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
      • cllatham

        The Tea party just wants the GOV. to quit spending money that we don't have. Do you spend to a budget or fail to have a budget like the Liberal controlled Senate has failed to pass in several years? So, I guess DC logic says that if you don't have a budget, you can spend all you want, no problem, it's not their money.

        December 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  13. Lizzie

    As soon as he gets back the President is asking for a 1.2 trillion increase in the debt ceiling. I guess he has never met a dollar he did not like to spend. Or will it be another dooms day senario, if you don't do this ....................

    December 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      The debt ceiling will have to be raised, thats just how it works

      December 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
      • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

        That 1.2T raise was already authorized by Congress, with the appropriate spending reductions in place. This is a pro-forma asking that if denied will put the Republican controlled congress in deeper doo-doo than it already is in.

        December 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Trace


      Do you pay your bills when they are sent to you by a creditor? If the answer is yes, then understand that THESE ARE DEBTS THAT PREVIOUS CONGRESSES have accumulated, created and authorized for payment.

      Do you understand that if you don't pay your bills, your credit rating goes down and it becomes more expensive to borrow? If you understand both these two points.....Why is the GOP/Tea Potty faithful blaming president Obama for doing with EVERY other President has done before him? There IS NO OTHER WAY TO PAY THE BILLS the why the system is set up.

      I hope this teaches you something and you will logically deduce the facts at hand...but I pray you're not buying in to the racial hatred for the president as a basis for disagreeing with what is otherwise obligatory for him. Please don't be that Stupid

      December 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  14. Handofdoom

    Lawmakers , ' should be Question Obama being pathological liar about his policy as it is .Beside we all know politicians are born pathological liars ! Obama is the top of the list !Third Debt Ceiling Increase , ' Obama just can't keep going . Obama needs to be removed soon !

    December 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • David TX

      Go and ask Bush/Cheney where "the weapons of mass destruction" are.

      Bush/Cheney were the biggest liars in U.S history!!!!

      lying, corruption, deception, intimidation and so forth are the norm in current republican party!

      you are not genuinely concerned about the country. You are just "anti-obama".

      December 28, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • Trace

      @hand of Loon

      Are you a visitor from another planet. These are debts created by previous congresses. These payments have already been authorized. If they are not paid, our credit rating goes down. Are you advocating we do what we did last summer and go from triple A to double A.

      Ok...I'm convinced THE GOP/Tea POtty People have no ability to make any sense. Idiocy is the objective and getting more loons to follow it is the destination

      December 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Another wonderful example of the Education system proposed by the Republicans.

      December 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  15. Mitt

    The real reason Oblunder wants to raise the debt ceiling is that Moochelle has demanded from him an allowance increase. Also, the Prez needs new golf clubs or maybe they need more vacation money for 2012. What else could it be, as it's always him, him and more him. The American people could use a nice vacation from this farse and his bozo (Adams) family.

    America, vote this phoney imposter out of office in 2012 before he really destroys America and turns it into Venezuela part 2.

    December 29, 2011 at 12:45 am |
  16. jean2009

    Obama-Biden 2012.

    December 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm |