December 27th, 2010
11:30 PM ET

Shave ice for Obamas

HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) - President Obama stops at Island Snow to treat his daughters and family friends to shave ice on Monday.  Obama ordered a mix of melona, lemon-lime and cherry and after tasting it for the first time he told the pool, "It is really good."  He posed for a picture with Island Snow employees and flashed a shaka.  The shave ice store is located in Kailua not far from the president's vacation rental.

Topics: President Obama • The Family • The Visuals
December 27th, 2010
07:08 PM ET

President Obama supportive of second chance for Michael Vick

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) – President Obama believes in second chances. The president recently called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie and during the conversation the two discussed Michael Vick and the fresh start the quarterback has received while at the team, according to the White House.

“He of course condemns the crimes that Michael Vick was convicted of but,” says White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, “as he's said previously, he does think that individuals who have paid for their crimes should have an opportunity to contribute to society again.”

According to a report from, the president spoke passionately to the Eagles’ Lurie about giving prisoners a “fair second chance” once released.

Michael Vick spent 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to running a dog fighting ring in 2007. After a suspension by the NFL, Vick was reinstated to the league, and picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Asked if President Obama would welcome Michael Vick around the first family’s dog, Bo, the White House has not yet responded. According to the terms of Vick’s release, he is not allowed to own a dog until 2012, when his supervised release ends and has expressed his desire to own one.

Topics: Bo • President Obama • White House
December 27th, 2010
02:10 PM ET

Governor Vows to End Birther Controversy

HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) - Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie vowed to end the "birther" controversy surrounding President Obama's nationality once and for all.

Abercrombie, a newly-elected Democrat, told CNN that he will do whatever it takes to prove once and for all that Obama was born in Hawaii.

"We'll do what we can as quickly as we can to make it inevitable that only those who wish the president ill, only the ones with a political agenda, will be the ones doing this kind of thing," Abercrombie said. "The president is entitled to the respect of his office and he's entitled to have his mother and father respected."

Abercrombie, in his first on-camera comments on the matter, said that he has his attorney general and the state's Health Department director looking at what legal avenues can they follow to release more documentation of Obama's birth in 1961.

"As quick as we can we will," Abercrombie said. "This is a transparent state in terms of our communication with one another. This is the Aloha State.  We care for each other, we look out for each other, we're family."


Topics: President Obama • The Buzz • The News