The First Family have traded their sundresses and shorts for winter coats once more as they returned home after two weeks of vacation in Hawaii.
Sasha and Malia departed Air Force One for what is likely the last time when they touched down at the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Monday.
Malia was wrapped up in a red coat and lace-up ankle boots, while Sasha kept warm in a fleece-lined denim jacket and knee-high boots.
Following close behind them were Obama and Michelle, both of whom coordinated in black and gray ensembles that matched the East Coast’s gloomy winter weather.
Obama, who only has two weeks left in the White House, spent his last day in Hawaii visiting the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where his grandfather Stanley Durham is buried.
The president then spent the afternoon winding down at Bellows Beach for one last dip in the Pacific, before enjoying dinner at Buzz’s in Lanikai with family and friends.
Obama and the First Family left Hawaii around 10pm on Sunday.
It had been a relaxing 16-day trip for the First Family. The president often started his days at the gym, before enjoying rounds of golf and trips to the beach with Michelle and his daughters.
The First Family rung in 2017 at their Kailua vacation rental and spent the night before enjoying a luau at Obama’s childhood friend Bobby Titcomb.
There were also meals at luxurious restaurants like Nobu and Alan Wong’s in Honolulu, as well as snorkeling trips and a tour of the Shangri La, a center for Islamic art and cultures built by heiress Doris Duke.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Hawaii without a stop for one of Obama’s favorite treats, local style ‘shave ice’.
Obama got to have some father-daughter bonding with Sasha and Malia as he took them to Island Snow in Kailua on Christmas Eve.
Photos showed the president feeding Malia some of his shaved ice in one sweet moment and the pair were frequently seen laughing together.
The president sported flip flops and still happily posed for photographers when residents got wind of the fact that he was nearby.
Earlier that day, the trio went to Breakout Waikiki to see how they would fare in Hawaii’s first live-action escape room.
The venue, described as ‘Hawaii’s first live-action escape room,’ has breakout rooms which are realistic puzzle-based spaces where people are ‘trapped’ in a room and must work as a team to break out.
Obama and his daughters successfully broke out of Mission Manoa with just 12 seconds to spare.
But it wasn’t all fun and games for Obama on his final vacation as president.
Obama was briefed by his National Security Team on Sunday after the deadly terrorist attack in an Istanbul night club on New Year’s Eve.
His press secretary Eric Schultz released a statement on Obama’s behalf, which read: ‘The President expressed condolences for the innocent lives lost, directed his team to offer appropriate assistance to the Turkish authorities, as necessary, and keep him updated as warranted.’
On Thursday Obama officially imposed sanctions against Russia in retaliation of its alleged cyberattack to influence the presidential election in Trump’s favor.
The president also took some time to chat with Donald Trump over the phone, a chat the White House said was ‘positive and and focused on continuing a smooth and effective transition’.
Obama also continued his tradition of visiting the US troops for a Christmas Day address at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
The president, in his classic manner, started off his speech with a joke about how he gets to keep some benefits after his term as Commander in Chief comes to an end.
‘I understand that I still have a little bit of rank as ex-President,’ Obama said. ‘So I still get to use the gym on base – and, of course, the golf course.’
But then Obama turned serious as he paid tribute to the men and women in uniform.
‘I just want all of you to know that it has been the privilege of my life to serve as your Commander in Chief,’ he said, as First Lady Michelle Obama stood at his side.
The President, who spent Christmas Eve calling troops serving overseas, pointed out that as Americans celebrate the holidays, US troops are serving in dangerous, remote places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
He said some were carrying out missions against the Islamic State group even on Christmas Day.
‘As tough as it is to be deployed, the people here in America, back home, understand that every single day you serve, you’re fighting for our freedom,’ he said.
Two days later, Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met at the USS Arizona Memorial to commemorate the lives that were lost at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago.
Abe is the first Japanese prime minister to visit the USS Arizona Memorial since it was erected in 1962.
‘It is here that we remember that even when hatred burns hottest, even when the tug of tribalism is at its most primal, we must resist the urge to turn inward,’ Obama said in his remarks during a wreath-laying ceremony.
‘We must resist the urge to demonize those who are different.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail –