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Obamas visit service members at Marine Base for Christmas

President Barack Obama carries a baby during his visit to the Marine mess hall President Barack Obama carries a baby during his visit to the Marine mess hall
President Obama greets a young Marine President Obama greets a young Marine
First Lady Michelle Obama gives a Christmas hug to a Marine First Lady Michelle Obama gives a Christmas hug to a Marine
The Obamas take pictures with a Marine & his family The Obamas take pictures with a Marine & his family
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KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - After spending most of the day quietly at their rented compound in Kailua, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greeted service men and women at their annual Christmas dinner at Kaneohe Marine Corps Hawaii.

According to the pool report, the president's motorcade left the Kailua vacation rental at 3:26 p.m. and arrived at the mess hall on the base at 3:32 p.m.

The visit was unannounced. However, Obama had dropped by at the same mess hall at around the same time of day as the last two Christmases.

The pool report also said that some of the president's vacation neighbors in Kailua stood along the curb to wave and snap photos as the motorcade rolled by, "including an elderly couple who sat in chairs at the end of their driveway, the wife holding up a giant black umbrella to block the sun."

Earlier in the day, deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton said in an e-mail, "The First Family is enjoying family and friends, enjoying their traditional Christmas Day activities and taking in a little NBA basketball. They are joined by the Ng, Ramos, Titcombe and Whitaker families." The Ng family includes Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and her husband, Konrad. 

President Obama also skipped his usual morning trip to the gym at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii. According to the pool report, that was "a rare occurrence, as those who've been on Hawaii vacation duty in the past might observe."

 

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