This week, the first family returned to Hawaii for their eighth straight vacation here since Obama was elected president in 2008. For Hawaiians, the visit will mean traffic snarls and tight restrictions on flying any drones that Santa might have left under the Christmas tree.
Obama’s return to the place of his birth also calls to mind an embarrassing record of legislative stumbles: Since 2009, Hawaii’s politicos have sought to name two schools, an abandoned lot, a scenic overlook and two state holidays after Obama. An effort to put the 1960s-era cinder-block apartment building, where he lived, on the National Historic registry fell short.
For now, the most famous thing that bears Obama’s name here is the “Snowbama,” a shaved ice that’s a mix of lemon, lime, cherry and passion guava flavors and sells for $4 at Island Snow, one of the president’s favorite vacation haunts.