The Note: Aloha Means Goodbye?

Obama "is expected to remain on Oahu and return to the mainland on Aug. 16," per the Honolulu Star Bulletin. "It is not known where he will be staying, but he has a fundraising event planned for Tuesday at the Kahala Hotel & Resort. Andy Winer, local Obama coordinator, said the 500 available tickets for the $2,300-a-person private event have been sold. If those figures hold, it would be a take of at least $1.15 million."

His biggest agenda item: Curing "Obama fatigue," he told reporters Thursday, per ABC's Sunlen Miller.

He's already comic fodder, and the GOP is getting going (look for the RNC's Hawaii travel guide, complete with tips on where on the islands you can get your tires inflated).

"Although Democrats view the dog days of summer as downtime -- Mr. Obama will take next week off to vacation in Hawaii with friends -- the Republican Party is busy defining its opponent and setting out the terms of the debate that will begin in earnest after Labor Day," Stephen Dinan writes in the Washington Times.

Being pushed by the GOP message machine on Friday: Obama's response to a 7-year-old's question about why he's running for president. "America is no longer what it could be, but it once was," he said. (What, you didn't want to tell her there's no Santa Claus?)

More from the mouths of babes -- advice to Michelle Obama from another youngster: "We should finish what we started in Iraq."

So the field is clear for Sen. John McCain -- whose campaign is $50,000 poorer as he tries to burn the straw littering his field.

"Senator John McCain's presidential campaign said Thursday that it would return all the contributions solicited for it by the Jordanian business partner of a prominent Florida fund-raiser for Mr. McCain," Michael Luo writes in The New York Times.

"The decision to return the money follows a report in The Washington Post that found that Harry Sargeant III submitted a bundle of checks for $2,300 and $4,600 on a single day in March, all of them from donors in Southern California who had never given before this year's campaign and did not appear to be likely candidates to contribute as much as $18,400 per household," writes Matthew Mosk of The Washington Post, who broke the story.

"Although the contributions were credited to Sargeant, whose company has Defense Department contracts worth as much as $1.4 billion, the checks came from Americans of seemingly modest means," Mosk writes.

And yet -- the story may not end there: "Sargeant raised at least an additional $460,000 for McCain, some of which was gathered on his behalf by a former high-ranking CIA anti-terrorism expert who is now Sargeant's business partner. Sargeant did not name any of the other associates who may have helped him with fundraising."

"McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said some of the people solicited by [Mustafa] Abu Naba'a had no intention of supporting McCain for president," per the AP's Pete Yost. "Rogers said 'that just didn't sound right to us' so the money is being returned. He estimated the total at less than $50,000, saying 'we think we have a pretty good estimate of how much Abu Naba'a solicited.' "

What he'd really like is to be rid of this package: It's Rick Davis' lobbying work, once again in the spotlight, at a bad time in a bad place (Ohio), in those lost DHL jobs.

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