HONOLULU — President Obama and his family plan to spend a quiet Christmas at their oceanfront vacation home in Hawaii, with hopes that outside events don’t interrupt their holiday.
A year ago, the president’s Christmas was disrupted by the attempted bombing of a plane bound for Detroit, and that consumed the rest of Obama’s vacation. This year, the president has his sights set on a more relaxing holiday after a volatile year and a frenzied lame-duck legislative session.
The president is staying at a rented home on Kailua Bay with his wife, Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, and dog Bo. Obama took his daughters on a Christmas Eve trip to Pyramid Rock Beach, a favorite local destination of the first family.
Michelle Obama skipped the beach so she could give some children a Christmas surprise. She answered calls for the “Tracking Santa’’ program, a Christmas tradition run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command. With help from its Santa Route Schedule, she was able to tell children Santa’s whereabouts as he made his Christmas Eve rounds.