December 25th, 2009
02:37 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama family Christmas

President Obama greets people after arriving in Hawaii on Thursday.
President Obama greets people after arriving in Hawaii on Thursday.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) – After an early-morning workout at a local Marine base, the President and First Lady are celebrating a quiet Christmas with family and friends at their rental home on the north side of Oahu.

The President and Mrs. Obama did not exchange gifts this year, according to White House spokesman Bill Burton, who did not give a reason for the decision.

Burton said the couple is focused instead on exchanging gifts with daughters Sasha and Malia as well as the President's half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng and her family.

"For Christmas dinner, the First Family will be eating roast beef, potatoes and other dishes they traditionally eat on Christmas," Burton said.

As for the traditional family talent show they do every year, Burton said that will happen later in the trip that extends into early January.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Ranjit

    I hope, the entire trip(including the Air force one and Security) to Hawaii is paid by president and not tax payers. If so, they can go to any place in the world and have a merry christmas

    December 25, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Sara

    You've got to be kidding. They worked out on Christmas morning?

    Is there no end to their narcissism?

    December 25, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. $4000.00 A Night

    Nice to know that Mr. Obama can spend $4000.00 a night on a condo in Hawaii when 16 million of his fellow Americans have no job.

    NICE

    December 25, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Josh

    Well good for him. I am stranded at work and missing Christmas with my family...

    December 25, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Benson

    Did Obama's illegal alien aunt or hut-occupying half-brother get anything from the family?

    December 25, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. bobbymcgee

    How can the President, First Lady and family EVER have a nice Christmas Vacation with all of the Media Bums following them around like a bun of idiots???!!!!!!!! It would be nice if the Press, Newscasters, and all Media broadcasters take a course in Manners 101, Stay out of the personal lives of others 101, and ITS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS 202!!!!!!!

    December 25, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Tracy

    God bless you and your family on this beautiful holiday. Just continue to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas, and everything will be ok. Your ARMY is still here Mr. President. Trust me, we have not left you. But you know that already!!! Love ya. You go Michelle. Love you dearly lady...

    December 25, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Chuck-Texas

    I hope the First Family has a wonderful and well deserved get-away....although the President can never actually get away from his duties.

    Great job so far, Mr. President!!

    December 25, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. Brian

    Merry Christmas Mr. President and Family!

    December 25, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    They shouldn't feel like they have to share their family time with the world. My husband and I don't exchange gifts either and haven't for years. We do buy, of course, for our kids. We just figure every day is a gift to each other and if there are things we want we get them anyway. No need to rush around and make ourselves crazy. i don't blame them – their lives are hectic enough without having to search around for gifts!

    December 25, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Preston kathy

    Pkm obama is paying for his own rental home tell the gop to get off his back

    December 25, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |