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.