Obama’s Busy Last Day of Vacation

By Zoe Magee

Jan 4, 2010 5:58am

From ABC News’ Jon Garcia:


As his emissary, Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan, hit the Sunday morning talk shows to discuss White House anti-terror efforts, Obama, still on island time, had his usual workout the nearby Marine Base and then went for a 6+ hour round of golf at the course on the base.


His afternoon included a family visit to Punchbowl, the Department of Veterans Affairs-run National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Obama’s maternal grandfather is entombed there. And then a swing by the Honolulu Zoo, where Obama made his first appearance of the day. There the First Family–First Lady Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha–viewed, among other exhibits, the white-handed gibbon exhibit, ring-tailed lemur exhibit and the Francois monkey.


With the sounds of screaming animals in the background, the family walked by members of the press and President Obama called out, “Are you ready to go back?” referring to Washington DC.


Reporters responded with a question of their own: “Are YOU ready to go back?”


Obama and his wife called out with a resounding “No!”

The First Lady went so far as to try to rally the traveling staff and press to remain in Hawaii a bit longer.


“Let’s stay!” she said “Are we all in? I’m trying to mount a coup here!”


The Obamas left Hawaii late Sunday night, back to freezing or sub-freezing temperatures in the nations’ capital.

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