December 29th, 2011
05:43 PM ET
Working out, spending time with the kids, dinner out with family and friends, golfing with your buddies… does this sound like your last vacation? Mine either. If you add a beautiful rental house on a lush Hawaiian island you’ve just described President Obama’s Christmas vacation on the island of Oahu.
Tuesday was family day. In the afternoon the Obamas went to Hanuma Bay, a famous snorkeling spot. The park is closed to the public on Tuesdays so they had the place to themselves. According to CNN affiliate KITV the president and his family and while there they released 4 green turtles into the ocean. The 18 month old turtles were born and raised at Sea Life Park, and are tagged with microchips in their fins so if they can be identified if the come ashore again. Later the President and his girls continued the aquatic theme and headed to Sea Life Park in Waimanlo, the former home of the recently released turtles.
Wednesday was a round of golf with friends at Ko'olau Golf Club in Kaneohe then dinner at one of the toniest restaurants in town. The first couple dined at Alan Wong’s with 8 other friends and family. Wong greeted both of the Obamas with a hug then fed them and the rest of their party a special tasting menu.
Alas, it’s not all play when you’re President of the United States on vacation. President Obama still receives his National Security Briefing everyday. But for a few more days he enjoy that briefing in the warm Hawaiian weather before returning to the cold reality of Washington, D.C.
December 29th, 2011
11:52 AM ET
The U.S. government is selling Saudi Arabia approximately $30 billion worth of F-15 combat jets, according to a statement from the Obama administration.
Here's the announcement from the White House:
The United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have signed a government-to-government agreement under the Foreign Military Sales program to provide advanced F-15SA combat aircraft to the Royal Saudi Air Force.
Valued at $29.4 billion, this agreement includes production of 84 new aircraft and the modernization of 70 existing aircraft as well as munitions, spare parts, training, maintenance and logistics. These F-15SA aircraft, manufactured by The Boeing Company, are among the most sophisticated and capable aircraft in the world.
This agreement will positively impact the U.S. economy and further advances the president's commitment to create jobs by increasing exports. According to industry experts, this agreement will support more than 50,000 American jobs, engaging 600 suppliers in 44 states, and providing $3.5 billion in annual economic impact to theU.S.economy.
This agreement reinforces the strong and enduring relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, and demonstrates theU.S.commitment to a strong Saudi defense capability as a key component to regional security.
Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest