Dec 21, 2014 1:51 AM
President Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 1
The Associated Press
KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) How President Barack Obama spent the first day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Saturday:
QUIET TIME AT HOME: Obama and the first family spent the morning at their vacation home in the breezy seaside town of Kailua and were greeted by sunny, blue skies. A handful of protesters stood outside the home's entrance holding signs that read "Close Guantanamo Now!" and "No more drone killings." Bicyclists and joggers swooshed by taking little notice of the heavy security around the neighborhood. Obama's Hawaii vacations have become part of the holiday experience on Oahu.
GOLFING: Obama headed out before noon to play golf at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Kaneohe Bay, an emerald-hued bay flanked by jagged mountains just north of Kailua. A young boy in a baseball cap waved an American flag as the motorcade passed. On base the president was joined for golf by friends Mike Brush, Joe Paulsen and Bobby Titcomb, according to the White House Press Office.
POLICE SHOOTING BRIEFING: The president was briefed on the shooting of two New York Police Department officers, and White House officials were monitoring the situation closely, the White House Press Office said. The officers had been ambushed in Brooklyn, New York by a gunman who said online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.
EVENING AT HOME: Obama returned to the Kailua vacation home in the late afternoon. Protesters had left, and the only sign that remained was one that read "Welcome Obama Ohana," using the Hawaiian word for family.