A Quiet and Private Christmas Day for Obamas in Hawaii

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - It's been a far quieter Christmas for President Barack Obama than he had last year. That was when a Nigerian man allegedly tried to blow up a plane bound for Detroit.

Today, Obama was able to celebrate the holiday with a small group of friends and family at the oceanfront home in Hawaii where they are vacationing. The White House says he was able to relax and watch some NBA basketball.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president encouraged Americans to find ways to support U.S. service members, many of whom are spending the holidays away from their families. He said troops overseas should be reminded "that America will forever be here for them, just as they've been there for us."

The first family has no public events planned during their vacation, though the president is receiving daily briefings, beginning work on January's State of the Union address and evaluating a staff review. Thus far, Obama's excursions have been mostly to the gym and the golf course. He also made a Christmas Eve trip to the beach with his daughters.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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