Obama Christmas Vacation in Hawaii

By: AP
By: AP

HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama has Hawaiian vacation plans for plenty of private time with his family, walks on the beach, rounds of golf and leisure reading.
But a high-speed police chase that went through a security checkpoint near the neighborhood where the president is staying was one more reminder of how hard it is for the president to truly get away from it all.
Officials say the incident was unrelated to the president's visit and never posed a threat to the first family.
Obama has no public events scheduled during his 11-day vacation and he began his vacation Thursday with a familiar routine during his trips to Hawaii -- a morning workout at a gym at Marine Corps Base Hawaii and a round of golf with longtime friends.
On the president's reading vacation reading list: "President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime," Lou Cannon's biography of the Republican president.
But the president's vacation won't be all rest and relaxation.
He was to be briefed by advisers daily, and he also planned to spend time working on his State of the Union address, scheduled in January, and a staff review headed by interim chief of staff Pete Rouse.
Obama spoke by phone Thursday with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and one topic was the Senate's ratification of a U.S.-Russian nuclear arms pact. The White House said Obama, while in Hawaii, may also sign the 9/11 first responders health care bill that Congress passed this week.


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