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Posted on: January 4, 2010 at 12:00 a.m.
President Obama and his family leave Isles after Hawaii vacation Video
HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii — President Obama wrapped up an 11-day Christmas vacation last night and was preparing to board Air Force One for the 4,800-mile flight to get back to work in Washington. During a private, sunset tour of the Honolulu Zoo earlier in the day, reporters asked the president and first lady if they were ready to fly back to the Mainland, according to a media pool report.

Early Years
Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4th, 1961. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was born and raised in a small village in Kenya, where he grew up herding goats with his own father, who was a domestic servant to the British.

Barack's mother, Ann Dunham, grew up in small-town Kansas. Her father worked on oil rigs during the Depression, and then signed up for World War II after Pearl Harbor, where he marched across Europe in Patton's army. Her mother went to work on a bomber assembly line, and after the war, they studied on the G.I. Bill, bought a house through the Federal Housing Program, and moved west to Hawaii.

It was there, at the University of Hawaii, where Barack's parents met. His mother was a student there, and his father had won a scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya and pursue his dreams in America.

Barack's father eventually returned to Kenya, and Barack grew up with his mother in Hawaii, and for a few years in Indonesia. Later, he moved to New York, where he graduated from Columbia University in 1983.

College Years
Barak earned his law degree from Harvard in 1991, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Soon after, he returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer and teach constitutional law. Finally, his advocacy work led him to run for the Illinois State Senate, where he served for eight years. In 2004, he became the third African American since Reconstruction to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

Political Career
As a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, Senator Obama has fought to help Illinois veterans get the disability pay they were promised, while working to prepare the VA for the return of the thousands of veterans who will need care after Iraq and Afghanistan. Recognizing the terrorist threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, he traveled to Russia with Republican Dick Lugar to begin a new generation of non-proliferation efforts designed to find and secure deadly weapons around the world. And knowing the threat we face to our economy and our security from America's addiction to oil, he's working to bring auto companies, unions, farmers, businesses and politicians of both parties together to promote the greater use of alternative fuels and higher fuel standards in our cars.

Whether it's the poverty exposed by Katrina, the genocide in Darfur, or the role of faith in our politics, Barack Obama continues to speak out on the issues that will define America in the 21st century. But above all his accomplishments and experiences, he is most proud and grateful for his family. His wife, Michelle, and his two daughters, Malia, 9, and Sasha, 6, live on Chicago's South Side.

Information gathered from: www.barackobama.com

The Marine base's Semper Fit gym has been a daily stop for the vacationing Barack Obama. Bridget Schowalter, a military dependent, was among those working out there on Wednesday.

Posted on: January 3, 2010
Obama stayed near marine base Photo gallery
President Obama has stayed even closer than usual to Marine Corps Base Hawaii on his latest Oahu vacation.

Mufi Hannemann wants the City Council to change the name of 'Aina Moa­na Beach Park, more popularly known as Magic Island, to President Barack Obama Beach Park at Magic Island.

Posted on: January 2, 2010
Hawaii considering new holidays, parks to honor Obama
Senate President Colleen Hanabusa wants President Obama's Aug. 4 birthday to be a state holiday. State Rep. Della Au Belatti would like the Jan. 20 date of Obama's inauguration to be forever known in the Islands as Barack Obama II Ohana Day. And even Republican state Rep. Gene Ward hopes to turn overgrown scrub land into President Barack Obama Birthplace State Park.

The president enjoys shave ice with daughter Malia, 11, second from right, and some family friends.

Posted on: January 2, 2010
Obamas chill out with shave ice
At least 100 people crowded around barricades yesterday afternoon outside the Kailua Island Snow shop to catch a glimpse of a casual President Obama, wearing sunglasses and dressed in shorts and a white tee, enjoying shave ice with his daughters and about 16 friends.

President Obama, with daughter Sasha, waved to well-wishers after going to the movies yesterday at Windward Mall in Kāne'ohe.

Posted on: January 1, 2010
Obama outing draws a crowd Video
Windward O'ahu residents were able to catch a couple of glimpses of vacationing President Obama yesterday, as he took in a movie and played a round of golf.

President Barack Obama hits off the 10th tee as he plays golf Thursday at Mid-Pacific Country Club in Kailua.

Posted on: December 31, 2009
Obama's eve filled with movie, golf Photo gallery
Windward Oahu residents were able to catch a couple of glimpses of President Obama today, as the vacationing president took in a movie and played a round of golf. Obama arrived at Mid-Pacific Country Club at 1:19 p.m. today for a round of golf with friends Greg Orme, Bobby Titcomb and Mike Ramos.



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