NY Times: ‘No-Drama Obama’ Enjoys ‘Rare Vacation’ in Hawaii

Posted by on Jan 05, 2014 at 11:43 am
U.S. President Barack Obama carries a shave ice out of Island Snow near his vacation home in Kailua

Jesus H. Christ, what kind of nonsense is this? A rare vacation? Shoot, this guy’s been on auto-pilot since he arrived in Washington, enjoying months of vacation every year, including his annual couple of weeks in Hawaii. A rare vacation? Really?

A Creature of Habit

Mr. Obama’s vacation schedule was nothing if not routine.

He went to the gym at Marine Corps Base Hawaii for a sunrise workout. He played golf nine out of 15 days. And he and the first lady, Michelle Obama, stepped out for dinner at a few of their favorite restaurants: Alan Wong’s, Morimoto Waikiki (twice!) and Nobu Waikiki.

Island Snow, the president’s favorite spot for shave ice — the island’s syrupy, brightly colored and refreshingly sweet version of the snow cone — even had a message board in its back room reminding its employees to “wear Island Snow T-shirts all week long while the president is here!!”

Last week, Mr. Obama finally joined his daughters, who had been making solo shave ice runs for most of the trip, at the shop, emerging with a cherry and lemon-lime confection in a paper cone.

The president wished the crowd a “great 2014” and flashed the Hawaiian “shaka” greeting — an extended thumb and little finger often associated with surf culture — before wandering outside to enjoy his treat.

“It’s really a warm feeling every time he comes around,” said Brockton Kodama, the director of operations at the family-owned shop.

No-Drama Obama

The president seemed determined to keep his trip assiduously low key.

The family’s rental home was a 45-minute drive from the tourist-packed shores of Waikiki Beach. Mr. Obama’s public appearances were infrequent. He largely steered clear of the press, and even limited the time he spent mingling with islanders.

When the Obamas went on a snorkeling expedition at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, they chose a day when the reef, normally heavily trafficked, was closed to the public. Similarly, when the president took his daughters to the Honolulu Zoo, they arrived shortly after closing time.

We’re going to puke. Nice lapdog routine there, NY Times. Meanwhile, as a gift to the Queen for her 50th birthday, she gets to stay in Hawaii.

First lady Michelle Obama is remaining in Hawaii while President Obama and their daughters return to Washington, the White House said early Sunday.

The president, Malia and Sasha left Honolulu late Saturday, but Michelle Obama stayed behind.

“As part of her birthday gift from the President, the First Lady will remain in Hawaii to spend time with friends ahead of her upcoming 50th birthday,” the White House said, according to a pool report.

The first lady will turn 50 on January 17.

So she gets to stay and then fly back solo at our expense. Lovely.

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11 Responses to “NY Times: ‘No-Drama Obama’ Enjoys ‘Rare Vacation’ in Hawaii”

  1. KGB on 6/06/14 at 9:56 am

    What kind of a “gift” is allowing Mooch to stay in Hawaii? It makes Obama sound like a right troglodyte, the kind of many who drags his wife around by the hair. I thought he was one of the new enlightened types, no? And, like a typical leftist, he’s very generous with other people’s money. It’s only a gift from you, Obama, if you pay for it.

  2. PJ on 6/06/14 at 10:49 am

    Isn’t shave ice pure sugar? Isn’t sugar evil now?

    I guess the rules are different for the royal family.

  3. Will Munny on 6/06/14 at 11:25 am

    “What kind of a “gift” is allowing Mooch to stay in Hawaii? “

    One that we have to pay for. He sure is generous with other people’s money.

  4. Lea on 6/06/14 at 12:11 pm

    “shave ice — the island’s syrupy, brightly colored and refreshingly sweet version of the snow cone ”

    I love the idea that shaved ice is some exciting hawaii specific treat.

  5. Islander on 6/06/14 at 12:28 pm

    Actually the President mentioned that he was enjoying some “Ice” while on the island and reporters just assumed he meant shaved ice. After listening to reporters’ phone calls with editors the political advisors rushed the President and family to the shop.

  6. Jeff Deal on 6/06/14 at 4:32 pm

    Jammie, another good post with an atrocious start. Why “Jesus H. Christ.” Sadly, it is a common expression; but why not Allah? or Buddah? If you are going to take a name in vain, why choose one the one that is almost certainly most offensive to many of your readers? Do you really think this is necessary or enhances your post in any way. This is completely unnecessary and only serves to diminish your work.

  7. Max Entropy on 6/06/14 at 7:31 pm

    He played golf 9 out of 15 days and they took separate planes back. It sounds lke the preznit and Moochelle can’t stand being around each other.