President Obama spends day golfing in Kaneohe

President Barack Obama and the first family disembark Air Force One after arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for their annual family Christmas vacation Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Honolulu. The first family will be staying in Kailua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
President Barack Obama and the first family disembark Air Force One after arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for their annual family Christmas vacation Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Honolulu. The first family will be staying in Kailua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

The First Family’s first day of their Hawaii Christmas vacation was expectedly a low-key one.

The President left the Kailua vacation home this morning around 11:30. Some protesters were on the corner of the street that leads to the vacation home, holding signs such as “Close Gitmo,” “All Lives Matter,” “Prosecute the War Criminals,” “Close Guantanamo Now!” and “No more drone killings.”

The President’s motorcade entered Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, where the President played golf on the base’s Kaneohe Klipper 18-hole course as part of a foursome that included White House staffers Mike Brush and Joe Paulsen, and Bobby Titcomb, who is a longtime friend of Obama’s since their years at Punahou School.

While on the course, a White House official said the President was briefed about today’s police shooting in Brooklyn.

After golf, the President and the motorcade returned to Kailua at 4:21 p.m.

The President released a statement that night about the New York City shooting:

I unconditionally condemn today’s murder of two police officers in New York City. Two brave men won’t be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification. The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day – and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day. Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal – prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen.

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