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News Interrupts Obama's Hawaii Vacation

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Today marks day three of Barack Obama's first Hawaiian vacation as President of the United States. He came here last year as president-elect and it's been an Obama family tradition to come here for Christmas for some time, especially meaningful because he grew up here.

But this is the first he's hit the beach as leader of the free world and it wasn't 24 hours on the island of Oahu that his vacation was interrupted by news. Not just any news, but news of the attempted terrorist attack on a flight landing in Detroit.

The president sprung into action. Within an hour of the attempt to ignite a fiery substance on the plane, he held a secure telephone conference call with his national security staff in Washington and was fully briefed on the situation. He ordered the nation's airport security to be increased and he ordered high-level reviews of security and the nation's terrorist watch lists.

On day two, he held another call and then went to the gym before playing a long round of golf with some friends from Hawaii and a close friend from Chicago who is also here vacationing.

This morning, he played a few games of basketball with staff and friends and may do some island exploring this afternoon.

The vacation continues, even though he is getting daily intelligence briefings and the White House says he is constantly monitoring the latest with the investigation into the attempted terrorist attack.

One of his basketball partners today was his national security chief of staff, so you could say that even while relaxing, he's always close to his top aides.

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Robert Hendin is a CBS News White House producer. You can read more of his posts in Hotsheet here.
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