With inauguration excitement building to a crescendo in Washington and around the country, saying that interest in Barack Obama is high is like saying the sun rose this morning. People want to know where he came from, what his favorite places are, what he likes to do in his spare time.

We can all get a little insight into this by poking around his neighborhood, and thanks to Gayle Keck we can explore Obama’s Chicago. Her story in Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle travel section takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the new president’s former haunts.

Going back farther, the online feature Hawaii Insider looks at tours of Obama’s Hawaii, including pointing readers to a site loaded with Obama-related Hawaii offerings: Obama’s Hawaii Neighborhood. The site links to loads of background reading on the new president and offers a walking tour of Makiki, the district of Honolulu where he lived as a boy.

If you can’t make it to Washington for the inauguration, maybe you can get your Obama fix in Chicago or Hawaii. But with all of this interest in Barack Obama, will the Obama Washington DC tour be next?

Filed Under Chicago, Hawaii, Illinois


2 Responses to “Travels in Obama’s Neighborhood”

  1. Gayle on January 23rd, 2009 2:03 am

    Thanks for the shout-out, Larry - glad you enjoyed the Chicago story.

  2. Larry Habegger on January 23rd, 2009 2:14 am

    It was a fine piece, Gayle, and right on time. Now maybe you need to head back to Washington and show us around.

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