President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dropped by a Marine Corps base in Hawaii on Christmas Day, shaking hands with servicemen and women, taking photos, and hearing Christmas tales from children.
Obama made the unannounced 40-minute visit while on his 11-day family vacation to Kailua Bay, Hawaii, his home state, according to Reuters.
The first family and hundreds of Marines and their families were enjoying Christmas dinner in the hall decked with Christmas decorations.
President Obama capped a quiet Christmas on Saturday with a surprise visit to a Marine base to thank U.S. troops for the sacrifices they’ve made, including being away from their families at the holidays.
Reporting from Honolulu — President Obama enjoyed a quiet Christmas with his family and friends in Hawaii, visiting with service members at a military base and taking in some NBA basketball on the third full day of what has been a low-key visit to his home state.
"America's brave servicemen and -women represent a small fraction of our population. But they and the families who await their safe return carry far more than their fair share of the burden," Obama said. "Let's all remind them this holiday season that we're thinking of them — and that America will forever be here for them, just as they've been there for us."