10:37 AM, Jan 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
According to Gallup among the 50 states, the president’s highest approval rating is in Hawaii where it is just above 60 percent. Understandable, since he was born there, spends a lot of time and plays a lot of golf in the islands, and has enough history with Hawaii that he could call it home.
But the president is even more popular in Washington, D.C. where his numbers touch 80 percent. But, then, the people of Washington are his true constituents and he brings home the bacon.
1:34 PM, Dec 5, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The island of Guam has a real problem with snakes. Brown tree snakes to be precise, which probably came in via uninspected air cargo. Having no natural predators on Guam, they quickly multiple, until, according to this report:
9:01 PM, Apr 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman representing Hawaii's Second Congressional District, responds to President Obama's proposed budget by expressing concern over missile defense cuts. "It would also cut our missile defense budget, even as Hawai‘i and the rest of the country face direct and heightened threats from North Korea," she says in a statement.
Gabbard is a Democrat, who otherwise praises Obama's budget, except for president's proposed Social Security "cuts."
8:36 AM, Mar 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it's being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas.
7:44 AM, Mar 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The New York Times reports:
North Korea’s military said it placed all its missile and artillery units on “the highest alert” on Tuesday, ordering them to be ready to hit South Korea, as well as the United States and its military installations in the Pacific islands of Hawaii and Guam.
5:52 PM, Jan 4, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
This morning (Hawaii time!), President Barack Obama is hitting the links at the luxurious Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore. The resort has two professional grade courses, the Arnold Palmer and George Fazio courses.
Round-trip cost of president's return trip: $3.6 million.7:04 AM, Jan 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
After Congress agreed temporarily to avert the "fiscal cliff" last night, President Barack Obama hailed the deal in brief remarks delivered from the White House, and then headed to Air Force One to take a midnight flight to Hawaii. Obama had left his family days earlier to return to Washington to deal with the "fiscal cliff."
About 17.5 hours of golfing, 4 hours on family outings. 8:01 AM, Dec 27, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
At 12:54 a.m., on Saturday December 22, President Barack Obama and his family arrived at Kailua, a Hawaiian town on the island of Oahu. Almost five days later, Obama, leaving his wife and kids behind, departed the island to return to Washington, D.C. Obama’s vacation lasted a brief 118 hours, according to pool reports.
6:11 PM, Dec 22, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama is in Hawaii for Christmas. Right now, he's golfing with White House chef Sam Kass, staffer Marvin Nicholson, and friends Mike Ramos and Bobby Titcomb, according to the White House pool report.
Titcomb was arrested in Honolulu last year for soliciting a prostitute.
As ABC reported at the time of Titcomb's arrest:
9:47 PM, Dec 21, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The first dog, Bo, is headed to Hawaii--along with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters. Bo's riding Air Force One, with the Obamas.
6:02 PM, Dec 21, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
After delivering remarks on the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, the White House notified the press that President Barack Obama is skipping town for Christmas. The first family leaves tonight for Hawaii.
The White House provides this updated schedule:
5:45 PM, Dec 17, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Daniel Inouye, the Hawaii Democrat and the president pro tempore of the Senate, has died. Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post reports:
10:45 AM, Oct 27, 2012 • By BARRY CASSELMAN
Former Republican governor Linda Lingle of Hawaii might win one of the major upsets in the U.S. Senate 2012 elections.