Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Big O

The Big O is back in town.

Things are still sleepy in Kailua but the spotlight is definitely back on the neighborhood even more than in August and no doubt we'll be encountering the motorcade every now and then although it's clear that this post-election victory is different than the visit this past summer:
When Barack Obama vacationed on Oahu as a presidential candidate in August, he was seen all over the island: playing basketball at his alma mater, eating shave ice with his daughters, bodysurfing in the Pacific, touring the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor and trekking to a scenic overlook atop windward peaks.

But this month, returning to his former home as president-elect, Obama has gone from Hawaii's tourist in chief to its hermit in chief. He has been unusually private at the start of his 13-day holiday vacation, providing an early glimpse of what any tropical getaways during his presidency may be like.
Still, it's nice to know the Prez-Elect has such good taste when it comes to choosing the world's best beaches (Kailua and Lanikai). Plus, since he's a real homie born on the other side of the Pali, he's very welcome here. I'll never forget the night of the Democratic caucuses back in February. This P-VJ blog post caught the attention of major right wing blog sites the day of the caucus.

Meanwhile, Professor VJ's top priority is not patiently awaiting the next Obama sighting but finishing the first draft of the new book, Remixology.

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