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sku Aug 9, 2008 12:33 PM

Obama is on vacation in Hawaii and this was part of his brief speech to the home town crowd:

I'm going to get a plate lunch. I might go to Zippy's. I might go to Rainbow Drive-In. I haven't decided yet. Get some Zip Min. I'm going to go get some shave ice.


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  1. Suzy Q Aug 10, 2008 11:57 AM

    Love it!

    1. alkapal Aug 10, 2008 01:34 PM

      " I might go to Zippy's. I might go to Rainbow Drive-In. I haven't decided yet."
      i have to laugh!

      9 Replies
      1. re: alkapal
        chicgail Aug 10, 2008 04:44 PM

        As someone who has never visited Hawaii, I don't know what you're laughing at.

        1. re: chicgail
          alkapal Aug 11, 2008 05:47 AM

          that he can't decide.....

          1. re: alkapal
            chicgail Aug 11, 2008 08:48 AM

            I guess I'm a little slow. I'm still missing it.

            I googled both places and they both look like pretty darn good local fast food fare.

            Is there something about Zippy's or Rainbow that would make it a slam dunk decision or is your comment an editorial view of Obama choosing between them? He did grow up in Hawaii so I'm guessing he's familiar with both places.

            1. re: chicgail
              clepro Aug 11, 2008 03:18 PM

              I was amused by the quote too. Can't speak for what alkapal finds amusing, but for me, it was just something about imagining a presidential candidate debating out loud, doing the "maybe this maybe that," about local fast food joints in the place where he used to live. Funny as in charming and just-folks. Sort of like if I went back home out east and wandered about thinking "hmmm...maybe I'll get me a spiedy...or I might go buy a Tastykake...haven't decided yet."

              1. re: clepro
                chicgail Aug 11, 2008 04:48 PM


                It might be something I'd say with the family on an off-moment, but hardly a public statement. It must be touch to have microphones and cameras in your face all the time.

                1. re: clepro
                  curiousgeo Aug 11, 2008 05:07 PM

                  I'm guessing what alkapal finds amusing is that Rainbow Drive-In is a one of a kind locals favorite, popular with surfers, office and blue collar workers. Zippy's is a local chain with sit down and take out dining, serving more expensive, very mediocre food IMO. However to be fair Zippy's is usually my in-laws first stop whenever they visit from Oregon. But for me there is no choice, Rainbow's wins everytime.

                  1. re: curiousgeo
                    landshark Aug 12, 2008 01:22 PM

                    Funny quote and I guess it sounds a lot better and appealing to the masses then Hard to decide between Le Mer and Alan Wongs.

                    Zippy's reminds me of the islands version of Denneys. Could really go for some loco moco or one of their pies.

                  2. re: clepro
                    tatamagouche Aug 12, 2008 02:16 PM

                    I think alkapal, though I could be wrong, was referencing the flip-flopping criticism he's been getting lately. Although curiousgeo's theory is interesting.

                    It's cute at any rate. Though did any of you see the segment on what Phelps eats on any given day? Insane.

              2. re: chicgail
                JeetJet Sep 24, 2008 11:09 PM

                IMO, I think the fun in his statement is what he is really saying to his island people. Read between the lines and and it might sound like, "Hô boy! It good' fo' be back. So much Ono Local Kine Grinz. Zippy's, Rainbow -- hey, I dono wot I do first?"

                It is like the feeling you get when hearing John Denver's song, "Country Road." Maybe mo betta to check out the way Bruddah Iz sing da song below.

                Bruddah Iz sing it -- Good fo' be back. White san', clean watah. Hô boy! Eating fish stright from the sea.

                This is making me hungry for some bacon fried rice.


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              ClaireWalter Aug 10, 2008 05:17 PM

              When we were in Honolulu last year, a couple of locals pointed out the Baskin-Robbins dipping store where Obama worked as a teenager. It was NOT on Waikiki Beach.

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                bulavinaka Sep 25, 2008 12:07 AM

                "I'm back, I've missed you, and I will never forget you... E ai ka kou!! (Let's eat!!)

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