HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama’s Christmas wish may simply be to have a quieter holiday than last year.
Obama was with his family in the same oceanfront neighborhood on the island of Oahu last December, when a 23-year-old Nigerian man allegedly attempted to blow up a plane bound for Detroit. The incident raised questions about the nation’s terror readiness and consumed the rest of Obama’s vacation.
This year’s presidential holiday is off to a far more low-key start, and the White House is hoping it stays that way. Obama plans to spend Christmas at his rented oceanfront home in Kailua with his family and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, who lives on Oahu. Several of Obama’s childhood friends are also in town, along with family friends from Chicago.
On the first family’s Christmas Day menu: steak, roasted potatoes, green beans and pie.
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