December 26th, 2010
09:21 PM ET
HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) – Between a visit to the gym, attending church and a round of golf, President Barack Obama took time away from his Hawaiian vacation Sunday to place a phone call to Saudi Arabia's king and participate in an interagency coordination call and briefing on holiday threats.
Chief counterterrorism adviser John Brennan led the call with the president and various agency heads involved with national security. According to a White House statement, they discussed the United States' "continued efforts to stay vigilant throughout the holiday season, and to coordinate with our foreign partners."
In addition to the call, Obama was briefed in person at his Kailua vacation rental by National Security Staff Senior Director for Counterterrorism Nick Rasmussen and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes.
The administration dealt with an attempted terrorist attack just one year ago on Christmas Day, when a Nigerian allegedly tried to detonate an explosive device on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
Obama also spoke with Saudi King Abdullah Sunday morning to wish him well as he recovers from successful back surgery in the United States.
The two leaders spoke last month, on November 23, the day before the king underwent surgery. He was released from New York Presbyterian Hospital Tuesday. The king is expected to remain in New York to recuperate and continue physical therapy, according to a statement from the Saudi Embassy.
President Obama started his fourth day of vacation with a one-hour workout at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay, just minutes away from his vacation rental in Kailua. He returned to the base later with family and friends to attend a church service at St. Michael's Chapel, which is used for services for several denominations.
Obama spent Sunday afternoon playing a round of golf at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Club, which is also on the base and where he played for five hours with friends on Thursday.