(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters did not go to church on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, according to press pool reports. The Obamas are in Kailua, Hawaii for a 17-day Christmas vacation.
Although the Obamas did not go to church for Christmas, President Obama did play golf during the afternoon of Dec. 24 and Mrs. Obama spoke with children by telephone on Christmas Eve for about 30 minutes concerning Santa’s whereabouts as tracked by NORAD. That same evening, the president also spoke with U.S. military personnel in different parts of the world by telephone.
On Christmas Day, according to the press pool reports as published by the Associated Press, the Obamas enjoyed a quiet Christmas morning at their beach vacation home on Oahu, where they spent the morning singing Christmas carols and opening gifts.
The White House released a video and audio weekly address on Dec. 25 by the president and first lady who wished everyone “happy holidays” and a “Merry Christmas.” In addition to talking about the sacrifices made by America’s military in different parts of the world, President Obama remarked about social and community service that provides “a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what He taught us – to love our neighbors as we would ourselves.”
In the late afternoon of Dec. 25, President Obama and the first lady went to the Marine Corps Base Hawaii and briefly spoke with the troops there. The president also spent about another two hours there speaking one-on-one with soldiers and posing for photographs.
The next day, Dec. 26, Obama went for an early-morning workout at the gym at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. He then returned home and signed some bills in private, according to the press pool report. That afternoon, the Obamas went for a hike at Manoa Falls, and later the president went to play golf at the Koolau Golf Club in Kanehoe.
CNSNews.com contacted the White House by e-mail to confirm the press pool reports indicating that the president did not go to church for Christmas but those inquiries were not answered by the time this story was posted.