Obama Hawaii vacation: Day 1
- Associated Press
- December 21, 2013 - 9:00 PM
KAILUA, Hawaii — How President Barack Obama spent the first day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Saturday:
— OVERNIGHT ARRIVAL: Obama and his family arrived on the islands late Friday night, where they were greeted on the tarmac by Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, U.S. Rep Tulsi Gabbard and Admiral Samuel Locklear, the Navy commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama then exchanged handshakes and hugs with troops and their families who waited along a rope line. They then traveled about 30 minutes by car to their vacation home in Kailua, on the windward side of Oahu.
— SOUTH SUDAN UPDATE: Obama spoke by telephone with national security aides about violence in South Sudan, the world's newest country where the U.S. has been working to evacuate American citizens and nonemergency government personnel, the White House said. He told his team to work with the U.N. to keep evacuating Americans from Bor, where some of South Sudan's worst violence over the last week has played out.
— GOLF: Obama played afternoon golf at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, teeing off in a foursome with White House Chef Sam Kass; Marvin Nicholson, Obama's trip director; and presidential friend Bobby Titcomb.
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