The Obamas' low key Hawaiian vacation
Security forces guard a canal President Obama's motorcade returns to his vacation compound Monday in Kailua, Hawaii. (Photo by Kent Nishimura-Pool/Getty Images)
December 27th, 2011
02:07 PM ET

The Obamas' low key Hawaiian vacation

As his Republican rivals criss-cross a chillyIowa landscape this week, President Obama is in vacation mode –spending time with his family including hiking, golfing with friends and visiting troops in his native Hawaii. But he is keeping a noticeably low profile. 

 The White House reminds this is a working vacation as the president each day receives his daily briefing and advisors follow domestic and world developments.  The administration is also presumably preparing the president's State of the Union address to Congress which is set for January 24th.

 The president's holiday vacation was delayed just days before Christmas in his last interaction with Congress when House Republicans "blinked" and voted to extend the payroll tax cut another two months ending a stalemate with the White House.

 But we are seeing very few photo opportunities of the president enjoying the balmy Hawaiian breezes.

Monday the TV travel pool followed the commander-in-chief to the Marine Corps base at Kaneohe Bay as the president headed to the gym for a workout.  No pics were allowed as the pool was held in a nearby McDonalds.

 Later the president, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, along with un-named friends went on a hike in Oahu at the Lanikai World War II "pillboxes" which are actually abandoned bunkers.  TripAdvisor, an internet travel review website describes the hike as not-to-be-missed with "spectacular" views of the many beaches in the area.  But reporters following the president wouldn't be privy to those spectacular views or opportunities to see the hikers since the travel pool of reporters were "held" at a nearby park. 

 The pictures TV viewers did see this week was of the president and first lady greeting troops and their families at a local Marine base on the island on Christmas Day. 

 But what made the video go viral was the baby in the photo op.  As the president posed with Marine Captain Greg Wagner and his wife Meredith, 8 month old Cooper Wall Wagner squirmed in the president's arms then put his entire right hand into the presidential mouth.  A laughing Obama kept smiling. 

 Kissing babies is a mainstay on the campaign trail but it's rare to get this close to the president of theUnited States. 

 The Obama's will spend the rest of this week in Hawaii returning to Washington after the New Year.

Topics: Hawaii • Malia Obama • Michelle Obama • President Obama • Sasha Obama • The Family

soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. armyvet66

    Way to go Mr. Prez...let the hate filled comments begin...trollz!!

    December 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Yes, I agree,,, Way to go Barry,,, err,, Barack!

      (I was looking at the post and I DID NOT SEE HOW TO SPELL BARACK, BARRACK,,, BARRY,,, HUESIEN,,, HUESSAIN,,,
      What is the man in the White House's Name? And why do we never see it on the Posts here???)

      Ready for higher Gas Prices?

      Adopted Child of Sotero and Citizen of Sotero's Land,,,, And Citizen of Britain's Father Barack Senior,,,,,,, Can you say


      Check it out and ask How YOU can Heat your House or Start your Car!

      Watch the tree-huggers wince as the Trees are used for Heat!

      You Go,,, err, GO AWAY Britain's Curse and Sotero's Adopted Child!!!!

      December 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Before the Lefties get upset,,,

        Can you point out where the Guy in the President's Office had his1st name mentioned in this article?????

        I missed it,,,

        Can we call him "H" after wHous Hine-e? How do you spell his Middle Name????

        Bush was named "W"...

        What was Bush's middle name????

        Bush's first name was George,,,,

        Obumer's first name is ,,,, Barry,,, after his Adopted Father? Or Barack after his Britian Subject's Father?

        I guess it depends on the Year!

        December 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
      • scdemocrat

        DUDE, you are so sad. You should take one those tree-hugger's tree and make like a leaf...hang@

        December 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Please watch,,,,

        You might find out why this Imam thinks the Muslim Flag will Fly over the White House!



        December 27, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld


        What part of my post upset you? Which part didn't you like?

        December 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Republicans in Bikinis challenging Democrats in Bikinis in California and Hawaii!

        Must see!


        Check it out!

        December 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
      • Charlotte

        LOL! One doesn't need to be a "leftie" to understand that you are an idiot with absolutely no concept of how to research facts versus editorial sniping, and that you swallow every falsehood hook, line and sinder it it serves to reinforce your own uniformed and racist agenda. You're really a sad commentarty to the fact that there are so many uneducated Americans out there, like yourself, who are incapable of independent thought. Just carry on with your fairy tales. You and your ilk only make the rest of us look like geniuses.

        December 29, 2011 at 10:14 am |
      • Christiansaregayu

        Somebody needs to show you how to use a full metal jacket on your opinion.

        December 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • John

      You libs wouldn't exist without double standards. Nothing is BO's fault – the fingers are always pointing elsewhere, even after over 3 years screwing up this country. Can anyone imagine if someone said this about BO? "The higher the monkey goes up the pole the more you can see his butt". The press would have gone crazy if a repub said this. Just so you libs know, before you start calling me a racist – this is what BO's COS said about Newt...

      December 28, 2011 at 8:40 am |
      • jean2009

        The country was screwed up when he received you actually think your trying to perpetually rewrite the past is going to fly? You wouldn't recognize the truth if he kicked you in the behind.

        December 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
      • John

        The truth is he has made things worse. The stimulas didn't work, the healthcare law has stopped people from hiring, the green initiative has been a disaster, foreign countries dislike us more now than ever before and race relations in this country have gone backwards under this administration. Then we have fast and furious – that he claims he wasn't involved. We think it is a good thing when unemployment numbers fall because people have decided not to look for work anymore.
        Let me just say this about him – as Axelrod said, the higher the monkey climbs the pole the more you can see his butt. He has nothing to run on – all you lib types can do now is blame. When the next administration is sworn in they can blame everything on the mess BO left them. That should be good for 3 or 4 years...

        December 29, 2011 at 8:46 am |
      • lisa2010

        THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? They can't even decide who their nominee will be, every single candidate has been up there close to the front runner, the republican party can't even decide who their frontrunner will be, their justification is "ANYBODY, BUT ROMNEY!!!!! and the latest with the payroll cut, the republicans was divided among themselves, how can you justified our country to be in great hands with anyone of the republican candidates... I GUESS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S MOTTO IS "ANYONE, BUT OBAMA!!!! AS AMERICAN CITIZENS WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE WANT....

        December 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
      • MikeInCarolina

        You can always tell which posters are Dittoheads. The monkey up a pole joke is straight from Rush. If you don't have brains enough to post an original comment , surely you aren't qualified to criticize the POTUS.

        December 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
      • jean2009

        @John I actually don't see that the health care law had anything to do with people not hiring.

        Actually I have grandchildren who lost jobs during George Bush's depression who didn't have health coverage at their previous job....who now have jobs with health coverage and a better wage.

        December 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
      • sjajr

        Shouldn't you be watching Nascar now?

        December 30, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • ddobbz

      I got an idea for the next Opuko vacation. Go back to Kenya and build a house for your dirt floor, hut living brother you moron! Who REALLY LIKES THIS MORON? BTW I'm 1/4 black and 1/4 native american for you libs info so go *#$# off with your racists comments.

      December 29, 2011 at 11:54 am |
      • bamabuster

        Amen to that. I can't wait until that Idiot is out of there...

        December 30, 2011 at 9:00 am |
      • sjajr

        Forget to take your medication?

        December 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • ddobbz

      Opuko is a moron! Face it lib's!

      December 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Vet76

      Where were these rats when GW was in office spending, bombing, shifting wealth, raping the constitution, breaking regulations that brought us to our knees? Amazing how stupid Americans are. Nit-picking, fear mongering, zealots. What passes for the GOP and the fringe today is what you trolls should be raging against.

      December 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
      • jean2009

        They were silent idiots then and vocal ones now once a black president was elected.

        December 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Notahater

      Of course there are no photo expected photo ops ? The first family doesnt want to be thought of as "vacationing AGAIN" , and "WASTING more taxpayer money on one of their many trips" ....( albeit they do pay for a portion of their vacations from their own money), ... I didnt see if his mother in law went along.... in fact I never hear mention of her, but Im certain she is with them...another travesty, what president has their mother in law living with them at the white house.???? There should be a law against that.....Keep their vacationing out of the media....pfffffft.... how "transparent" of the president... oh before I get the label, see my name ... thanks... God Bless America

      December 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • liberal disease

      way to go what, he went on vacation? that's his big accomplishment? lets hope he stays on vacation he is useless in Washington!

      December 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  2. catwill

    Merry mas and Happy New Year to the First Family and let the GOP/Ts talk.

    December 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  3. dui

    Mr President you deserve a good Xmas vacation to get ready for another year of political debacle with the never-do-well congress

    December 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Walrus

      Well said! I'd go crazy if I had to deal with the party of "No" day in and day out.

      December 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Mooner

      Really, you have no idea of the damage to the Hawaii economy due to this idiots vacation here. Just like the Asia Economic Development visit in Hawaii, the Hawaii businesses suffer greatly. Kick this idiot out of office. He couldn't know how to run a county more than my daughter does........

      December 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Mooner
        The Hawaiian press seems to disagree with you....according to the Hawaii Reporter the APEC summit was to bring millions into the Hawaiian economy. Plus millions more of future want us to believe 20,000 delegates plus the media came to Hawaii and didn't spend a dime? Didn't buy a meal, didn't rent a room, didn't purchase any souvenirs.... I for one do not believe you.

        Where are your sources? Any moron can spout off any back your statement up with figures, facts and a few sources. The Hawaiian Recorder refers to the APEC summit as priceless attention for the islands. And KITV seems to indicate that the first family are spending money in Hawaii....can you deny they wouldn't know more than you?

        December 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  4. darryl and vicky blackwell

    .merry christmas first family,from the marion in familyn ur doing a great job we are proud of you ..Mr.@
    President. Peace and love. Every one gets vacation so enjoy

    December 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  5. darryl and vicky blackwell

    .merry christmas first family,from the marion in familyn ur doing a great job we are proud of you ..Mr.
    President. Peace and love. Every one gets vacation so enjoy

    December 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  6. darryl and vicky blackwell

    I. merry christmas first family,from the marion in familyn 2. doing a great job we are proud of you ..Mr.
    President. Peace and love.

    December 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  7. darryl and vicky blackwell

    merry christmas first family,from the marion in familyn 2. doing a great job we are proud of you Peace and love.

    December 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  8. sara

    Hey, Mr. President.

    December 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  9. Trace I type, No Hate-filled, factually false insults from the normal GOP/Tea-Potty trolls(?)

    Ok ,
    catwill, dui, Sara, armyvet66, You guys are decent and sensible...standby for all your comments to be derided, as the scorn from Pres. Obama's haters ensue.

    Til' then, have a wonderful New Year and keep up the positive words, the only means for defeating the fearmongering, and intolerant behavior that will be very common place in this Presidential electoral season of 2012

    Obama/Biden 2012

    December 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Obama's an illegal Kenyan who needs to keep going west after his "vacation."

      There Trace. didn't want you to feel like you were missing out on the trolling today. Can't stick around, but take a look at my reply on the Boehner story...too long to repost.

      If not before, have a wonderful new year. (and the first line was fully tounge in cheek, I hope you know).

      December 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
      • @C-LO

        Illegal Kenyan? Really now, you don't think or believe in the vetting process, guess not but then again a complete MORON like you without any common sense and just a RACIST WHITE ASS says stupid things like that.

        December 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
      • Trace


        You know you are my favorite conservative. All the others are nincompoops – LOL Have a Great new Year my friend from another party.

        December 29, 2011 at 1:49 am |
      • C-Lo

        Sorry buddy that you didn't read clear through that post. It was fully tounge in cheek addressed specifically to Trace, who, I beleive, is an AA himself. It was meant to be a fully inappropriate comment, and you're right, only a Racist would believe something like that.

        But as far a a moron, I'd reserve that to those who jump to conclusions by only reading a headline and not the full article. (hint, hint).

        December 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Thanks, I'm sorry I cannot reciprocate, as I have some very good friends who I'd have to lable as my favorite liberals, but I don't discount your banter by any means. You and LizCarter would be my favorite libs around here, though, Jean–not so much (which I know breaks her heart!). Would like to have a much more indepth discussion at some point away from the noise around here, but won't be happening for a couple months.

        December 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • Drew

      Romney is working while the Clown in Chief is spending more taxpayer money! Obozo who is incomptent, inept, corrupt, union toady president is on a $4 million tax payer funded vacation in Hawaii with his wife showing off her $2,000 sundresses. He is celebrating how he stole from the Social Security fund to give the money to the dope addicted, non working non taxpaying welfare frauds to bribe them to vote for him in the 2012 election. I cannot get a vacation, I have to work for a living unlike the limousine democrat liberals.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  10. Walrus

    this President deserves a break. I'd rather The Preisdent (who does his job) take a 10 million dollar vacation than give one dime to any obstructionist Republican teabagger!!!

    December 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  11. Walrus

    I love Hawaii. It's a beautiful place.

    December 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  12. LJA

    Enjoy your vacation Mr and Mrs Obama! You and your family deserve a quiet time together. Come back ready to take on the GOP!!!

    December 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • bamabuster

      LOL! He can't take on the GOP. Even some of the democrats know he is an idiot.. He is gone in November.. Gone.. Thank God...

      December 30, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  13. SafeJourney2

    Happy Holidays to the First Family and to all the world

    December 27, 2011 at 7:07 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 !

    December 27, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • OH REALLY!


      December 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  15. sallierais

    All of my 14 million dollar vacations have been low key too!

    December 27, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  16. Barry G

    Besides a health care bill that covers most people, a nuclear arms reduction treaty with the Russians, ending don't ask, don't tell, 2 or 3 $billion spent with no American lives lost to overthrow Gaddafi under the Obama doctrine (instead of $1 trillion and 4500 dead Americans to overthrow Hussein under the Bush doctrine ), ridding the world of Bin Ladin, and killing more than 1/2 of the top 200 heads of Al Qaeda, what has Obama done? Nothing!

    December 27, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • bamabuster

      I am so tired of people giving him credit for Bin Laden. What a freaking joke.. The only reason he was killed was because of interigation procedures that Bush put in place. The same Procedures that Obama was against. What a freaking hypocrate.. He wants to take credit for this, because he has such a bad political record, that he has nothing else to run on... Get a brain man..

      December 30, 2011 at 9:07 am |
      • williefloyd

        You obviously missed the discussion with GWB when he said he had no idea where Bin Laden was-he really hadn't been looking for him.

        December 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  17. Tea Troll

    Certainly the President works hard, and he deserves a vacation. We the Tea-ple wish Him and His family the best holiday break.
    What is difficult to understand are news sites that feature stories about Romney's wealth, yet fail to mention Pelosi's Hawaii Holiday. Sources say she is staying at a resort that costs $10,000/night. The bottom line is that our public servants live larger than most of us would even dream of. We have to wise up to their profiteering land deals and manipulative legislation. No matter what side of the isle they sit on, scrutinize them all equally. None of us should let the news media decide for us. Vote your heart and your beliefs.

    December 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  18. scdemocrat

    MERRY CHRITMAS President Obama and first family. May you be blessed with a peaceful Christmas and New Years. Haters are gonna hate so ignore the evilness from ignorant people who don't deserve the freedoms this wonderful country affords...God Bless

    December 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  19. MauiSkyWatcher

    Dear Mr. President,
    Everytime you visit Hawaii, we are lucky to have some clear days free of this insane weather modification experiment called Stratospheric Aerosol Geo-engineering. The rest of the time we are constantly bombarded, day and night, with toxic aerosols that are rapidly devastating our air, land, and water. I'm sure you know about it. We know about it too, and we want you to stop it. I voted for you once. I may never vote again, if this is what the American government is all about – power and control, even over the weather. Please do the right thing. - The SkyWatchers of the World.

    December 28, 2011 at 3:54 am |
  20. michele

    Hmm...he must be embarrassed that he is living the high life while all around the US record consecutive high unemployment rates continue. Does the Press feel like they are being used- take a picture only when it suits him but don't show the extreme luxury activities this year – golfing in Hawaii. Interesting that we aren't seeing the bare chested rock star this year, the athlete, instead we see sentences only of his "working vacation". The "working vacation" includes asking for the debt ceiling to be raised again...rather than finding actual that would be working.

    December 28, 2011 at 4:07 am |
    • OH REALLY!

      Here' s a reality check, GWB spent more time at his ranch and camp david, FACT CHECK this is you know how. Don't make such stupid remarks without backing them up

      December 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  21. Alice in Florida

    Some low-key vacation – $4,000,000 of OUR miney spent!!!! He sure can SPEND!!!!!

    December 28, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  22. mickey2829

    i always thought you had to work at a job to get a vacation,with this preisdent and administration i could be wrong.

    December 28, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • williefloyd

      Pres. Obama has not had as many vacation days within the same time span as either Clinton or GWB. Google it-know what you're saying before you open your mouth.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  23. john

    why do racist republicans call the president a moslem or iman?its a fact if you guys including your radical presidential candidates doesn,t change your utterances,messages and behaviour towards the the other people of the world including immigrants,moslems,spanish,blacks etc etc, a time will come in america there will not be a republican president because your messages are way too radical and racist.know america is not only a conservative country as you guys portray.The minority population is growing at a fast pace and its going to affect elections in this great country mark it on the wall.

    December 28, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • 1FreeWorld


      Please read the following post:

      Here is just a tastes of what is in the article:

      A newspaper in Pakistan quoted one of its country's ministers as stating he wants President Obama to offer Muslim prayers at Ground Zero and become the "Caliph," or ruler, of the Islamic nation.

      "The coming Eid would expectedly be observed on 9/11; this is a golden opportunity for President Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero and become Amir-ul-Momineen or Caliph of Muslims. In this way, all the problems of Muslim World would be solved," stated Minister of State for Industries and Productions Ayatullah Durrani, according to Pakistan's The Nation newspaper.

      The newspaper reported that Durrani called its offices and argued the Muslim world was in "dire need" of a supreme leader and that the position would earn Obama the exemplary titles of what Durrani termed "Mullah Barrack Hussain (sic) Obama," or "Allama Obama." Advertisement

      End of Taste: Lot more there.

      Didn't see anything about Republicans in the article.

      December 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld


      Please read the following post:

      Didn't see anything about Republicans in the article.

      December 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
      • Jaydeep

        Ok, let's talk about economy.Ce soir ou jmaias (l’e9mission du mardi 14 octobre) : rencontre entre deux e9conomistes sur le the8me est ce que les e9conomistes pouvaient pre9voir cette crise ?Invite9s : Christian de Boissieu, e9conomiste et Jean-Luc Gre9au, e9conomiste(“La trahison des e9conomistes”, qui vient de paraeetre chez Gallimard, 2008).// Faut-il encore e9couter les e9conomistes ?Jean-Luc Gre9au : il faut les e9couter, mais il faut e9couter d'abord les se9lectionner rigoureusement e0 partir de leurs travaux anciens et de leurs pre9visions anciennes qui ont e9te9 confirme9es ou infirme9es par les faits.( )La pre9vision est un aspect fondamental des choses. Si un e9conomiste n'aide pas e0 pre9voir des c9Vc8NEMENTS MAJEURS, tel que celui que nous vivons qui est l'e9ve8nement e9conomique le plus lourd depuis la guerre, je pense qu'il ne remplit pas son office et qu'il est plutf4t de9faillant. //Et en re9action e0 ce que lui oppose Boissieu, Gre9au ajoute :// Il est exact de dire qu'on ne peut pas savoir au pre9alable la chronologie exacte et le sce9nario pre9cis d'une crise. Ne9anmoins, s'agissant au moins de cette crise, nous savions qu'il y avait une anomalie dans le syste8me ame9ricain, et pas seulement dans le syste8me ame9ricain. L'e9conomie anglaise et l'e9conomie espagnole qui sont e0 nos portes e9taient aussi en situation anormale. LA DETTE DES Mc9NAGES AMc9RICAINS NE CESSE DE S'ACCROeeTRE DEPUIS 30 ANS. Alors on ne peut pas dire e0 quel moment les me9nages vont craquer ; ils ont craque9 e0 l'automne 2006, mais e0 partir d'un de9faut de paiement qui augmentait sans cesse depuis l'e9lection de Ronald Reagan, en fait. ( ) Avec une 2e anomalie qui accompagne ce phe9nome8ne, c'est que le revenu des Ame9ricains ne s'accroeet pas ; donc ils doivent faire face e0 une dette qui s'accroeet avec des revenus stagnants ou de9croissants. //puis Boissieu enchaeene en ajoutant :// Le prix des logements aux c9tats-Unis a commence9 e0 baisser e0 partir de la mi-2006. La crise des subprimes a commence9 e0 e9clater au mois d'aofbt 2007, un an apre8s. Si on s'e9tait arreate9 les uns les autres et si on s'e9tait calme9, et si on avait dit, avec la baisse des prix des logements et compte tenu des me9canismes de financement des logements, e7a va force9ment provoquer des proble8mes de surendettement pour des me9nages et si les emprunteurs peuvent pas rembourser qui est mal ; ce sont les preateurs, ce sont les banques. Mais, les organismes qui sont paye9s pour analyser les risques les agences de notations -, n'ont pas e9te9 meilleures que les e9conomistes. Le FMI, avec ses 2,000 ou 3,000 personnes e0 Washington, n'a pas vu arriver la crise. ( ) Bien sfbr, c'est plus sympa d'arriver e0 pre9voir. ( ) Moi e7a fait 4 ou 5 ans que je penser que la fragilite9 du dollar est une e9pe9e de Damocle8s, j'ai pas vu ne9cessairement arriver la remonte9e du dollar depuis 2 mois, mais je pense que c'est un phe9nome8ne transitoire parce que derrie8re le plan Paulson dont on parle tous les jours e0 la te9le9, vous avez une monte9e du de9ficit budge9taire, donc si j'avais e0 faire une pre9vision je peux me planter pour 2009 sur le dollar, je dirais : la monte9e du de9ficit budge9taire conjugue9e avec la persistance du de9ficit exte9rieur ame9ricain dans un contexte of9 les taux d'inte9reat e0 court terme restent nettement plus bas que les taux d'inte9reats dans la zone 1, avec tout e7a je vois plutf4t le dollar baisser en 2009 et je pense donc que nous, Europe9ens, on va payer notre facture des plans de sauvetage e7a c'est ine9vitable mais aussi une partie du plan Paulson avec une nouvelle baisse du dollar. C'est mon sentiment. Est-ce une pre9diction, je ne sais pas ? (s'adressant e0 Gre9au). Gre9au : Deux choses sont sfbres, les US entrent en re9cession en ce moment meame, et l'ensemble des e9conomies d'Europe occidentale entrent en re9cession ou sont entre9es en re9cession re9cemment. (Boissieu ne s'accorde pas e0 parler de re9cession, alors Gre9au s'explique Il suffit de regarder les enqueates sur le moral des me9nages et sur le moral des chefs d'entreprise : dans tous les pays d'Europe, e7a plonge [en terres d'Ame9rique itou – confirmation de sandgirl]. Ces enqueates sont approximatives mais elles donnent le SENS VRAI des choses. Alors je ne prends aucun risque d'annoncer que les prochains chiffres de la production en Europe seront e0 ze9ro ou au-dessous pour tous les pays de la nation europe9enne. //

        August 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld


      Please read the following post:

      Here is just a tastes of what is in the article:

      A newspaper in Pakistan quoted one of its country's ministers as stating he wants President Obama to offer Moslem prayers at Grnd Zero and become the "Cali-ph," or ruler, of the Isls Amic nation.

      "The coming Eid would expectedly be observed on 9/11; this is a golden opportunity for President Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero and become Am-ir-ul-Mom-ineen or Cali-ph of Moslems....," stated Minister of State for Industries and Productions Ay-at-ullah Durrani, according to Pakistan's The Nation newspaper.

      The newspaper reported that Durrani ,,, that the position would earn Obama the exemplary titles of what Durrani termed "Mule-ah Barrack Hussain (sic) Obama," or "o'Al-lama Obama."

      End of Taste: Lot more there.

      Didn't see anything about Republicans in the article.

      December 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
      • SJA

        Where did you get the tin foil hat?

        December 30, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • John

      September 18th interview w/George Stepanoppolus(sp?) – Obama callled himself a Muslim. Have you, or any one of you crazy libs, ever made a mistake and told someone you were part of a different religion that you actually are?

      December 29, 2011 at 11:18 am |
      • Bunty

        The new FTC rules, like most federal peiocils, cut with a picnic knife not a Ginsu. (No, I am not and do not sell, recommend or profit from the sale of 14 piece cutlery sets.) That doesn't mean one can ignore the rules, but square shooting blogs and web pages (sites that actually offer something of value as opposed to dressed up MLM plans and no effort millions) are not the focus of this law. At its heart the rules are aimed misleading and exaggerated statements likely to confuse or mislead unwary consumers (the public, which we know is getting dumber all the time with help of their over-paid lawyers). If you use a squeeze page as your landing page expect to make the FTC watch list. If you have seen any of the make a six-digit income in the next 5 minutes” sites with my unknown method , you probably have also seen the user claims. I used to regularly follow the domain names of these magical money hounds. You guessed it; most of the sites were off, holding pages from registrars or dead links. Therein lies the key to the FTC is looking for: fraud, lying, misleading and puffing beyond this Yugo is the greatest car since Honda! If you are building loyalty to make living, fraud and misleading is not going to get you far although a paid vacation on your state or the fed might come your way. If you want to have a loyal following that bleeds into cyber-friendship and support, you probably are not engaging in the disallowed activity(s). If you recommend your users buy a product, let know from where you are coming. Yeah, I use it and I like because of a, b, and c. or We use this software and loved so much we are now an affiliate seller. Click here. As for Google ads and other paid for space banners, that was not the thrust of this FTC rule. However, I suppose one could misrepresent those ads in fashion to get the FTC on your case. But why do that if loyalty is what you seek? The rule to follow is simple: Honesty is the best policy. If someone buys a Yugo, I happened to like the little rat trap, on your recommendation just make sure to add the qualifier, I tried it and I liked personally because or Yes, I got paid $50 bucks to tell you about these cars, but I still like my Yugo because it is so cute. Common sense rules. If what you are publishing misleads, you don't want that on your blog anyway. If it is your opinion, take ownership of that. If you are an affiliate marketer, tell people why. (My rule has always been, if I can't recommend it won't be linked on my site(s).) And, honestly, I never really cared what Wally in Farley, IA thought of some manhood pills.Speaking of honest, I used call QuickBooks, “QuackBooks”. Then I did a five year stint with a corporate management accountant. I learned how QB really worked. Now I am an affiliate marketer. Buy Quickbooks from my site because it IS worth very penny. (That is okay under rules.) Actually, if you are in business, YOU NEED this software.As a blogger, you want to use only those words, phrases and graphics that build trust. The ones that run afoul of the FTC rule don't. Yeah, honesty it is that simple. Remember Victor Kiam. “I liked the razor so much, I bought the company.” It doesn't get any better than that.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  24. jerry

    fact is obama is all over the board domestically and foreign policy wise... he says and does what he thinks will do HIM the most good. He is a community organizer and lecturing law school teacher (not a real law prof)...we got what we bought and that is the fact. We began correcting the mistake last NOvember and will continue to do so November 2012...this fraud is finished and so are the repubs who sided with Reid on the recent two month extension mess we don't need. The selling of the legislative seats and the presidency is coming to a close...we are taking our country back folks. NOobama NOvember 2012!

    December 28, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • lisa2010

      Yeah, all republicans next year... they can't even get it together during the extension of the payroll cuts, ultimately divided..let them fight among each other during the elections... the presidential candidates can't even get it together, they're fighting tooth and nail to get the nominations....welcome home Mr. President, enjoy yourself and fill yourself with the "mana" so you can feel refreshed, enjoy your stay with friends and your sister, nieces and brother in law and family... your grandmother and grandfather and mom would be so proud of you... never mind what these people say about our islands, you have to be born and raised here to realize the power these islands and the people.. that's why they call us the Aloha State...YOU CAN TAKE THE PERSON OUT OF THE ISLANDS, BUT NOT THE ISLAND OUT OF THE PERSON!!!!

      December 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • ABO

      I don't think the electorate will be buying anymore of this snake oil salesmans goods in 2012. One and done.

      December 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  25. jerry

    this guy spends millions and millions of the tax payers money to vacation in Hawaii....and there is Pelosi racking doing the same....can you see this America? What do you think it cost you when he goes shopping/photo opp or to get a hamburger? And you wonder why our national debt is doubling every 2 1/2 years?

    December 28, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • Trace


      Don't you tire of just providing bold face lies on a daily basis? What is truly unfortunate for you is; only a complete idiot would believe your drivel.

      The president has to work every single day. He gets no days off! But this is obvious to intelligent people, which means it would elude you. I mean, just think about it; if something happened in the BIG COUNTRY of ours and they couldn't contact the president, you petulent, vaccous GOP/Tea-Potty heads would have nothing but complaints for years and years to come.

      Lastly, can you dispute these two FACTS.....

      1) Under the Previous administration (Dubya/Cheney) the US Economy lost 5 million jobs. During Obama's administration we have recovered 2.3 million jobs. So doing the quick math, Obama only needs a 2nd term to pick up the rest of the jobs lost under Bush Jr.....Isn't that right? And you clowns say the stimulus didn't work...HA...I Laugh At You – LOL

      2) In the past we have raised the debt ceiling without protest. Why??? Because raising the ceiling allows Congress to pay the Debts already previously accumulated and authorized by congress to pay...Right???? Congress holds the purse string right???? So how come, for the very 1st time, we are making it a big deal for Obama? Is it because he's black? These are Congresses bills – Right? They are not Obama's bills, because congress controls the purse strings – Right???

      You conserva-Tea Heads, have alot of people "Con-ed", fooled and befuddled. But rational americans are those able to scrutinize your baffonery and ultimately chose to support the President for the good job he's done in the face of unprecented opposition. You hatred for Obama will be your own destruction

      December 28, 2011 at 11:39 am |
      • 1FreeWorld


        We never did figure out if you were capable of Teabagging others or just getting Teabagged....

        Are you a Male or Female?

        ACTUALLY, I like that you adjusted your Teabaggin' Mouth and are finally showing a little respect for the Gay Men that like to Teabag each other!

        17 Secret Service Folks saved the guy in Hawaii from Baby Ruth's – Butter Fingers! And a Marine just stood by and watched!


        Thank GOD!

        and let's light a candle at the Obama Worship Center. uuuhhh, thank you for, uuuuhhhh, for, uuuuhhh, taking my question today!

        Can you take 3 minutes to read the folloing post and let us know how DemocRATs are supposed to respond to this?

        No Republicans added to the post...

        Thanks! (wink)

        December 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • E

      Actually he is spending his own money on travel costs. The security task force would be there no matter where he went. Were you upset when Bush took 3 times more vacation days than Obama?

      December 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld


        Nobody who trys to get at, or will get at, the person holding the office of the President!

        Secret Service will get to them first!

        The only way to fire the President (since 1962 where a Commie/DemocRAT-Leaning person killed John F. Kennedy) is at the Voting Booth...

        If you are happy, Clap your hands!

        We are the world,,, Clap your hands!

        Want Freedom,,, Vote,,, and make sure to Vote for folks that are PRO-Life and PRO-Liberty!

        December 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • lisa2010

      FYI, THE TAXPAYERS IS ONLY PAYING FOR AIRFORCE ONE AND SECURITY, EVERYTHING ELSE. INCLUDING THE VACATION HOME IS PAID FOR BY THE OBAMAS... It was on our news a couple of weeks ago, you think they're going to spend their vacation in the grandma's former apartment on Beretania Street... Get real man, a leave the pres alone to enjoy his vacation...

      December 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Ahhh, so the Taxpayers is (sic) only paying for Airforce One?

        Who is paying for Antoinette's and Daughters' Flight???

        I need Paul McCartney's voice in the background... Michelle, My Belle,,,


        Can we get a FOIA on this one?

        Is Petsmart one of the Oligarchy?

        We all know that GE, Disney, Comcast, MSNBC, Buffet, Holywood, and many more will get the Prize!

        December 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ I FreeIDIOT
        I would suggest reading: The Los Angeles Times for September 08, 1987 and the article by Bob Sipchen – "Reagan's Vacation: When the President Takes Time Off Out Here, the Costs and Logistics are Enormous" posted @

        Then I would suggest moving on and getting a life.

        December 29, 2011 at 10:54 am |
      • jean2009

        @ 1 FreeIDIOT
        Also check this out at: "Bush Made 77 Trips to Crawford TX at $226,072 a Pop" @
        And that is just the cost for the plane, not the pilot, the security, or any other tab just for the plane__$17,407,544.00.

        I would also suggest reading: "The New Winter White House-Breaking With Tradition" @ That will fill you in on the location of BO.

        December 29, 2011 at 11:35 am |
      • jerry

        personally I liked the idea of presidents returning to their homes, families, and proved their Americanism/connectivism to us all. Obama does not operate that way...he was born a carpetbagger and lived like one and certainly proved it in his policies and behaviors.

        December 29, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • jerry

      dah...really? I think even idiots know obama has to pay the rent on the resort house. And, what do you think it costs to fly two air force ones to Hawaii and the security costs in Hawaii vs the ranch in Texas, Calif (Regan),...etc.. Fact is obie rented out their home in Chicago and don't have a home to return to and won't use Camp they could. The obamas are carpet baggers!

      December 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
      • jean2009

        Do you know how many round trips Air Force one made with a security detail to the Simi Valley Ranch in California under Reagan? He spend 349 days total time at the ranch over a period of many vacations. This does not include time spent at Camp David.

        Do you know how many round trips Air Force one made with a security detail to Crawford, Texas and Kennebunkport, Maine? The Bush Family spent 490 days in Crawford, 487 days at Camp David, and 43 days in Kennebunkport, Maine over the period of the 8 years W. was in office.

        I doubt if either of those families walked round trip to each destination, and I imagine they had a security detail.

        Are you totally clueless about how much security costs while the president is at the White House, and how much per year it costs to staff and operate the White House and Camp David?

        Are you so totally brain dead, that you do not realize the White House and Camp David staffs also need vacation time during the holidays to be with their families?

        December 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
      • ddobbz

        @trace Are you serious? If your the president/CEO of your company and you don't fix any problems associated with the bottom line YOUR FIRED! GET A CLUE! HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF OPUKO AND HIS MINIONS? WAKE UP AND PUT THE KOOL-AIDE DOWN.

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

        the security at ranches for President Regan and Bush were in place...when the president changes locations(as obama does) there is a lot of expense and also risk to security personnel. Obama continually put security personal and even private people at risk with his behavior...also, obama comes from Ill but does not have a home there and I don't like that, to me he is a carpet bagger as is the clintons. I believe if you have a home you have roots and a vested interest in your community and country. These carpetbaggers are power mongers and nothing else..there every effort is to gain more power for themselves....I would like to see dedicated Americans running the country not these career politicians.

        December 29, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
      • jean2009

        @jerry...Hawaii is Obama's home it is where he grew up, it is where he was raised by his grandparents. Chicago is where he worked after he was grown.

        FYI.... George H.W. Bush didn't own a home in Texas, he rented an apartment so he could run for office as as a candidate from Texas...he was born in Massachusetts and his home was that is being a carpetbagger.

        December 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  26. tnwoman1948

    That is such a BEAUTIFUL and ACCURATE picture of Hawaii with the overhanging clouds in the background. I hope to return someday. Every American should visit this UNIQUE and LOVELY state.

    I hope President Obama and his beautiful family have an ENJOYABLE and RESTFUL vacation. They really deserve it, and God bless our country, the President and his family.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • lisa2010

      Sista, the islands will always be here, i know i've been away also, and am so glad to be back home... Too much hassle up there in the mainland...DOG EAT Dog...NO more Ohana feeling up there unless you;re with family or calabash family...

      December 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  27. hurryup 2012

    he's asking to raise the debt limit to fund his and Michele's next vacation

    December 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Trace

      hurry oops 2012 = clueless

      Your post was priceless. You should try sending in to Faux and Fool the dummies news station. I'm sure they can put it on one of their comedy routines or a tacky bumper sticker.

      However, it is unfortunate it won't play well with thinking people because raising the debt limit is perfunctory, and has been practiced by previous administrations several times. It is unusual that this time its an issue for the vapid minded. Is it because this president is black and the spill over of hatred just causes his opponents head's to explode? The reality is raising the debt ceiling is the only way to pay bills created and authorized by past congresses, without going into default and seeing our credit rating drop again. BTW, do you think that would be a go idea? If so, that's further proof of your thinking on this matter. Have a Good New Year. Its gonna be a rough ride for Obama's haters, as his normal functions will be seen as attempts to destroy the country – you know, stuff like helping americans.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  28. Barbara

    Does no one proofread anything on this site? The "Obama's Low-key Hawaiian Vacation" [sic], by Lesa Jansen, makes me wonder about this. The Obamas, I assume, refers to the family, and not just to the president. And yet the possessive here is singular rather than plural. The title should read: "The Obamas' Low-Key Hawaiian Vacation." It is the vacation of the Obamas, not the Obama! Petty? Trivial? No, it is our beloved English language being slaughtered here. It is from poor usage and comprehension that misunderstandings arise. Say what you mean. Mean what you say.

    Aside from that, many have stated "facts" that are merely suppositions and sometimes outright prejudicial viewpoints. President Obama is probably one of the finest presidents of our time, and we are fortunate to have someone as intelligent, hardworking, and committed to getting things done. And he has gotten amazing things done, particularly considering the laziest and stupidest Congress in ages. At the same time, it is difficult to think of any president in recent times who has been so unfairly maligned, misrepresented, and verbally abused. He has continually saved us from the brink the Republicans want to take us over.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm |

      I AGREE WITH YOU 100 %

      December 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  29. Trace

    One can only imagine the type of person that would post a complete falsehood in a pathetic attempt to persuade americans to accept complete silliness as a reason to hate the president. Its not the majority, but a high enough frequency which makes one nervous about the number people that actually think as opposed to spew "Fake Newsy" crapola
    What happened to arguing on the basis of thoughtful / fact based positions?....Now that would totally be against the GOP/Tea POtty ideology

    December 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  30. Kevin

    How about not taking a vacation and getting to work on fixing Washington. If things are not going well at my work, we don't take vacation. I am in the military and if you think Obama cares about the troops or this country you are fools. He can easily use executives orders to make things happen, but he is too scared. Go and get a real job Mr. President.

    December 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • jean2009

      @Kevin ...obviously you are in over your head and don't know squat. I think you should review policies about where, when, how and for what a president can issue an executive order. Executive Orders are one of the things not covered in the constitution; but as a general rule a president issues approximately 58 a year. These are for things that can be done by the Executive Branch not the legislature. EO's are not law. US Constitution online...Things That Are Not In The Constitution.

      December 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Trace


      I don't know about you, but I don't go into my company and "fix what our Cost Management folks" are doing their department. So what is the rather foolish comment you are making about President Obama going in and "fixing Washington"? Further, have you ever heard of three (3) equal separate branches of government? The President can't tell congress nor the judiciary what to do, and vice versa. Didn't you learn that in school ? Yeah...No?

      Well, I'll let you decide if your post was about as silly as it gets. I already know that answer

      December 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
    • jean2009

      @ Kevin maybe you should enlighten yourself about Executive Orders. I think you should review policies about where, when, how and for what a president can issue an executive order. Executive Orders are one of the things not covered in the constitution; but as a general rule a president issues approximately 58 a year. These are for things that can be done by the Executive Branch not the legislature. EO's are not law. US Constitution online...Things That Are Not In The Constitution.

      December 29, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • sjajr

      I am retired military too. I cannot go on about how wrong you are on so many levels.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  31. Bob S Philadelphia , Pa

    This piece of GARBAGE has been on vacation more then any other president in history must be nice to take vacation on my back ! ! !My back is BROKE from this piece of garbage ! I'm glad he is out in 2012 bye bye NOBAMA

    December 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • jean2009

      President Obama has taken 61 days vacation in 31 months in office.
      At that point 31 months....George W. Bush had already taken 180 days vacation, and Reagan had taken 112.
      Were you whining then moron?

      December 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
      • jean2009

        Oh and might I remind you for Bush 9/11 happened before the 31 month mark...what in the name of good sense was he doing going on a time like that?

        December 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
      • Andrew

        Your numbers are flawed. The chosen one has take 110 days off and 80 more unoffical breaks. The man never works, unless he's working a teleprompter!

        December 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • sjajr

      Yes. The president is the reason for all your problems. Your life is over thanks to the president. Oh how could this happened?

      December 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  32. sjajr

    How could people be filled with so much hatred? They put the evil label of liberal on everything they don't like. and have no idea what it means. They use the words marxist and socialist, when it is obvious to anyone that has an education, can see they have no clue of what they are talking about. And that Birther thing. Are you for real? "It is best to remain silent and let people think you are a foll, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

    December 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  33. Joe

    Hopefully, in November of 2012, he will get a good vacation.

    December 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • jean2009

      Obama-Biden 2012!

      December 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
      • jerry

        NObama NOvember 2012....and a new senate too!

        December 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  34. TenLou

    Great video. What came to my mind was the comparison of – here's the person with supposedly the most difficult job in the world but actually showing that it is actually, the second most important job in the world as isn't "good parenting" the most important? I believe that it is.

    December 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  35. Kerri

    ‎**GOVERNMENT LAYS OFF 3000 SAILORS** Due to Obama's downsizing of the military, The US Navy created an Enlisted Retention Board (ERB). ERB reviewed service records of 15,386 sailors in "overmanned" rates with 7-15 years served and made decisions to involuntarily separate 2,947. These sailors need the respect they deserve and their contracts upheld by the government. Before involuntarily separating sailors the Navy should ask for volunteers who want to separate with a severance package, stop recruiting new sailors and let sailors cross-rate before breaching contracts with mid-career sailors.The severance package for the sailors is based on time served and doesn't include the time on remaining contract. Worst case, let them complete the remainder of their contract and early retire them so they can receive the benefits they earned. This is NOT HOW WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! Kicking them to the curb after they have served our country!

    December 30, 2011 at 12:57 am |
  36. Andrew

    The current incomptent, inept, corrupt, union toady president is on a $4 million tax payer funded vacation in Hawaii with his wife showing off her $2,000 sundresses. He is celebrating how he stole from the Social Security fund to give the money to the dope addicted, non working non taxpaying welfare frauds to bribe them to vote for him in the 2012 election. I cannot get a vacation, I have to work for a living unlike the limousine democrat liberals.

    December 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • sjajr

      Wow. maybe we should switch to decaf.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Joe

      You are exactly right Andrew.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
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  38. Txjack

    Obama will never do anything about the gas prices except let them rise.
    He has NO interest in having the gas prices go down.

    The only reason that Obama is sitting in the White House is:

    George Saros bought the election and put Obama in the White House.
    And his reelection has been bought and paid for again.

    Saros and Big Oil are raping us now and will continue to do so for the next 4 years.

    How else do you explain a Jr Senator who had to claim Child care credit on his tax returns.
    And now that he is in the White House is claiming Foreign Tax Credit in excess of 1 million.
    And he will provide detailed info on what they are.

    The only president in history to claim Foreign Tax Credit.

    So explain that you Obama supporters I dare you.

    February 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm |