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Obama and family spends Christmas with service members

POTUS and FLOTUS greeting service members at the Marine Corps Base mess hall POTUS and FLOTUS greeting service members at the Marine Corps Base mess hall
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MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) -

President Barack Obama and the first lady continued a Christmas tradition Friday, greeting soldiers and their families at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base.

After a long night of making telephone calls to US service members around the world to express his gratitude for their service and sacrifice on Christmas Eve, the First Family spent their Christmas morning opening gifts and singing carols.

At about 4:20 p.m., the Obamas left their Kailua rental home and headed toward the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base. Their motorcade was greeted with people along the road, waving hello and wishing the First Family a merry Christmas.

The Obamas posed for selfies with families at the Marine Corps Base mess hall and enjoyed a Christmas meal. Shortly after, Obama delivered a short Christmas message to the crowd.

"Merry Christmas, Mele Kalikimaka, Happy New Year and Happy Hanukkah," President Obama said. "We just want to we just hope you guys are having a great holiday and it is wonderful to see all of you. This is one of our favorite things to do every year because not only is it the holidays but we are in Hawaii for Christmas but we're also able to say thank you on behalf of the American people."

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