Dec 25, 2010 10:46 AM by AP

President Obama and First Family hope for quiet Christmas

HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to spend Christmas at his rented oceanfront home in Kailua, Hawaii, with his family and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng (soh-TEHR'-oh eng), who lives on Oahu. Several of Obama's childhood friends are also in town, along with family friends from Chicago.

On the first family's Christmas Day menu: steak, roasted potatoes, green beans and pie.

Thus far, Obama's excursions in Hawaii have been limited to the gym, golf course, and a Christmas Eve trip to the beach with his daughters.

Mrs. Obama skipped the beach yesterday so she could give some lucky children a Christmas surprise. The first lady answered calls for the "Tracking Santa" program, a Christmas tradition run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command. With help from NORAD's Santa Route Schedule, Mrs. Obama was able to tell children Santa's whereabouts as he made his Christmas Eve rounds.

The Obamas are expected to stay in Hawaii through Jan. 2.



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