Despite Rain, a Day of Fun for the Obamas

Dec 29, 2010 12:43am

ABC’s Yunji de Nies and Sunlen Miller report:

President Barack Obama began the day with his usual vacation routine: a morning workout at the gym on the Marine Corps base near his Kailua rental, appropriately called “Semper Fit.” 

Despite flash flood watches across the island of Oahu, the First Family braved the rain and cloudy skies, heading to Hanauma Bay. 

A group of family friends joined the Obamas at the famed snorkeling spot, which is closed to visitors each Tuesday to allow for park maintenance. 

A park official told reporters that nearly 800,000 people visit the Bay each year and that a side benefit of the weekly closure has been limiting that traffic.

After nearly two hours of the sand, surf and snorkeling, the Obamas headed back to their vacation home and soon after, the president left for a game of golf at the Mid-Pacific Country Club in Kailua. 

He was joined by friends Marty Nesbitt, Eric Whitaker, Mike Ramos and Bobby Titcomb. 

Photographers were allowed to get close enough to shoot video of Mr. Obama playing on the 9th green. 

At one point, the president gave Nesbitt a fist bump and was heard telling his friend his “putting is on fire.” 

According to the club’s head golf pro, the President’s swing has improved in the last year. 

This was the third time the president played golf on his vacation so far. 

He was on the greens for nearly four hours and made it to the 12th hole by sunset, but did not finish all 18 as the course grew too dark.

Once again the Obamas are staying in tonight and the president has no public schedule tomorrow.

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