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President Obama and his family leave Hawaii

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE (HawaiiNewsNow) - President Obama and his family boarded Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base Sunday night, ending their 11-day Hawaiian vacation.

Dignitaries gathered at the bottom of the staircase leading up to the aircraft, as the Presidential motorcade arrived at Hickam just before 10 PM. Wearing a blue dress, First Lady Michelle Obama emerged from her SUV and waved to the delighted crowd.

"It was exciting," Cassi Baumgardner, invited guest, said. "I mean, you hear the people and they're cheering and everyone's like what car is he in, what car is he in. It's just kind of exciting."

The President greeted the 15th Airlift Wing commander, who later told us about their exchange.

"We just said, 'Hello, Mr. President. It's an honor to have you on our installation. Thank you for all that you do,'" Colonel Giovanni Tuck said. "And he responded, 'Thank you very much for your hospitality.'"

As the First Couple climbed the stairs, Mr. Obama performed the husbandly duty of helping his wife keep her dress down in the wind.

During his 11-day stay, the President took part in some of his favorite activities, such as daily workouts at the Kaneohe Marine base, golfing with old buddies, visiting Hanauma Bay and Sea Life Park, and enjoying shave ice.

"You saw some of the press, obviously, with him eating Island Snow and doing some things like that," Tuck said. "So you see the local flavor and the local fare in our President and it makes him very human to all of us."

With a final wave, the Obamas bid aloha to Hawaii.

"This is his hometown, so it's kind of exciting," Baumgardner said. "People on the island are excited."

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