Obama Visits Military Base at Christmas
(Ebru News/Agency) President-elect Barack Obama visited military families while they ate Christmas dinner, thanking them for their service and posing for pictures.
Obama visited Marine Corps Base Hawaii near his rented vacation home and briefly chatted with enlisted members who ate turkey, ham and roast beef.
He lingered a few minutes at each table as the Marines and sailors and their families stood to greet their next commander in chief.
Obama and his family planned to spend their Christmas holiday mostly out of sight, an accomplishment given his two-year, high-profile marathon to win the presidency.
The president-elect, wife Michelle and their two young daughters opened presents earlier in the day and planned their own dinner of turkey and ham.
The Obamas arrived in Honolulu on Saturday with four aides, his Secret Service detail and a small group of journalists.
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