It wasn’t the vacation that they planned, but President Barack Obama and his family managed to enjoy  their Christmas vacation in the president’s native home of Hawaii.


The President enjoys a shaved ice cone as he stands next to his daughter Malia

As told by Mark Niesse of ABCNews:

President Barack Obama’s holiday vacation in Hawaii was filled with golfing, a luau with friends, and family excursions across the warm island of Oahu. The 11-day getaway was supposed to be low-key and relaxing but was frequently interrupted by news of the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight as it prepared to land in Detroit.

Still, the president and his family seemed to make the most of their stay on the islands where Obama was born and graduated high school.

On Sunday, the last day of his vacation, Obama visited the Honolulu Zoo with his wife, two daughters and friends after it was closed to the public. He briefly stopped at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, or Punchbowl, to pay his respects to his maternal grandfather, Stanley Dunham, whose ashes are interred there.

At the zoo, reporters asked the Obamas if they were ready to return to Washington. They all responded, “No!”

Check out the Obamas “Featured Family Slide” at the front of the site.

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