President Obama Departs Hawaii… The Pictures and The Invitation

Yesterday I received an invitation to see President Obama leave Hawaii along with a few other folks.  The invitation was not a press release as it dealt with the Presidents plans and time of arrivals which was not meant to be public information.

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President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle wave as they prepare to depart the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 3. The President arrived on Dec. 22, and Air Force One remained parked at the 15th Wing while the President vacationed in Hawaii with his family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Allen)

I’ve gotten permission to now release that invitation on my site as well as use the pictures that were taken by the official camera folks from the 15th Wing of the US Air Force.

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle talk with Gen. Gary North, Pacific Air Forces commander, and his wife Shelley, and Col. Sam Barrett, 15th Wing commander, and his wife Kelly, as the President and first family prepare to depart the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 3. The President arrived on Dec. 22, and Air Force One remained parked at the 15th Wing while the President vacationed in Hawaii with his family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Allen)

So here is the actual invitation:

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of Media Affairs
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY
January 2, 2010

RSVP Requested: President Obama to Depart Hawai’i

WASHINGTON – On Monday, January 3, 2011, the President and the First Family will depart Honolulu, HI, for Washington, D.C. The departure of Air Force One is open to the press and closed to the public.
Members of the media who wish to cover the departure of Air Force One from Honolulu must RSVP HERE by 12:00 p.m. HST (5:00 p.m. EST) on Sunday, January 2.

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY, NOT FOR REPORTING

Air Force One Departure – Honolulu
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Honolulu, HI

Press Entrance: Kuntz Gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (off Elliot Street)

Sat Truck Entrance: Kuntz Gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (off Elliot Street)

Press Parking: Approx 150 yards inside Kuntz Gate, there is a large gravel parking lot on the right side. Press will take a shuttle to the site.

6-7pm Press Preset

The site will be inaccessible from 7-8pm.

8pm Press Call
There is no work space available, only a press riser.
Members of the media who wish to cover the departure of Air Force One from Honolulu must RSVP HERE by 12:00 p.m. HST (5:00 p.m. EST) on Sunday, January 2.
**Additional information, including media access time, will be provided to confirmed RSVPs in a confirmation email to be sent after the sign-up deadline.

And here are some more pictures of the event courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Staff at the 15th Wing of the US Airforce.

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle wave as they prepare to depart the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 3. The President arrived on Dec. 22, and Air Force One remained parked at the 15th Wing while the President vacationed in Hawaii with his family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lauren Main)

If you click on the pictures… you can see them much better.

President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their children greet Gen. Gary North, Pacific Air Forces commander, and his wife Shelley, and Col. Sam Barrett, 15th Wing commander, and his wife Kelly, as the President and first family prepare to depart the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 3. The President arrived on Dec. 22, and Air Force One remained parked at the 15th Wing while the President vacationed in Hawaii with his family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Allen)

I hope the next time he comes to Oahu if I get an invitation to see him off or meet with him… I’ll be more prepared for last minute change in plans!

Air Force One prepares to depart the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 3. The President arrived on Dec. 22, and Air Force One remained parked at the 15th Wing while the President vacationed in Hawaii with his family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Allen)

Air Force One prepares to depart the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 3. The President arrived on Dec. 22, and Air Force One remained parked at the 15th Wing while the President vacationed in Hawaii with his family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Allen)

Just wanted to say thanks to those that made it possible for me to get an invite at all!

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