(HONOLULU) Barack Obama spent the first full day of his vacation Saturday like any other tourist in Hawaii: on the beach and on the golf course.
Chicago friends Marty Nesbitt and Eric Whitacker accompanied him to the Olomana Golf Links, where they spent more than five hours on the links. The press only got a glimpse of the presumptive Democratic nominee when he was putting on the 6th hole.
Obama did cram in some work into his vacation schedule, making calls to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Georgian President Mikheil Saakshvili to discuss the conflict between Russia and Georgia.
In a written statement, Obama called for an immediate ceasefire and condemned Russia's attacks. "Aggressive diplomatic action must be taken to reach a political resolution to this crisis, and to assure that Georgia's sovereignty is protected," Obama said and called on the U.S., E.U., and UN to begin mediating immediately.
The Obamas and their entourage of friends will spend the week at beachfront rental with a private driveway in the posh suburb of Kailua.
This marks Obama's first trip to Hawaii since announcing his candidacy; he was here last in December 2006.