Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama is pictured on Kailua Beach in Kailua, Hawaii, Tuesday, Aug. 12,2008, with his daughter Sasha, 7 and Malia,10. While in Hawaii,Barack has managed to raise $1.3 million:
HONOLULU — Old friends and big donors greeted Senator Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, at a fund-raiser here Tuesday night where the campaign took in $1.3 million — more than Mr. Obama has raised in the islands during his entire presidential campaign.
According to a pool report, a number of Mr. Obama’s friends and former high school classmates were among the 500 people who paid at least $2,300 for a ticket to the event that was held at the Kahala Hotel and Resort, a beach-front property here.
“I’ve got friends here who have just been lifelong friends, people who have seen me through thick and thin, in tough times and in good times,” said Mr. Obama, who grew up in Hawaii and is on a week-long vacation here that ends Friday.
Mr. Obama also touched on some of his usual campaign themes — the war in Iraq, alternative energy, access to health care — and also referred to the struggles many Americans face with housing costs and the ailing economy. Read More