An Obama Christmas

By MichaelJames

Dec 26, 2009 9:02am

ABC News' Jon Garcia reports:

Though President Obama's Hawaiian Christmas Day holiday was interrupted when he was called to deal with "an attempted act of terrorism," the president spent the rest of the day in private time with the first family and making a couple of trips to the Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

While the private time is, well, private, White House officials confirmed that the president and first lady did not exchange gifts with each other but, instead, exchanged gifts with their daughters, Obama's sister and brother-in-law.  The family feasted on a Christmas dinner of "roast beef, potatoes and other dishes they traditionally eat on Christmas."

Obama started and finished his day with two trips to the Marine base at Kaneohe Bay — conveniently located just a short drive from the multi-million dollar Kailua estate where the Obamas are staying. 

The first was an early morning, hour-long trip to exercise with first lady Michelle Obama; the second was for a late afternoon visit with military personnel having their Christmas meal on base.

The president and first lady — dressed casually, he in a blue short-sleeved shirt; she in a white, casual dress — greeted dozens of military personnel and their families at a mess hall on base for at least 30 minutes.

"What's your name? Where are you from?," the president asked repeatedly of troops who come from all over the United States – from Oshkosh to Rochester; from College Station to Wichita.

"We appreciate your service. We want you to know that we are real proud of you," he said.

Few of the Marines and other personnel were in uniform. Most were dressed in civilian clothes for the holiday meal.

"Did you have time to call your folks?" Obama asked a group of young men.

"Yes, sir," they replied.

"Tell them we said 'Hey!'" Obama and the first lady said.

The first couple headed back to their vacation rental as the sun went down over the far side of the island. No word yet on what they will do today.

– Jon Garcia

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