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President Barack Obama made the first public appearance of his vacation Monday, stopping by one of his favorite local shops for a Hawaiian snow cone known as "shave ice."

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By Associated Press
Tuesday, December 28, 2010; 10:40 AM

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii -- President Barack Obama passed the time on a cloudy, drizzly Hawaiian day with a family trip to a bowling alley and then some hoops with friends.

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The president, 12-year-old Malia and 9-year-old Sasha arrived at the bowling alley at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Monday afternoon. The Obamas later were joined by family friends for some basketball, a sport the president prefers to bowling.

During his 2008 campaign, Obama's stop at a Pennsylvania bowling alley proved an embarrassment; he bowled a 37.

The president's party played Monday on a court at the Marine base that has become a sanctuary for the Obamas on their Hawaiian vacations. The president golfs on the base course, the first couple uses its gym for morning workouts and the first family often visits a secluded beach here.

But Obamas haven't had much in the way of beach weather since the president arrived here Thursday. Clouds hung over the island of Oahu on Monday, and more rain is forecast throughout the week.

The weather has given the privacy-seeking president an excuse to avoid the spotlight during his vacation. Thus far, the president has limited his movements to time with his family at their rented oceanfront home and trips to the base.

The president's party played Monday on a court at the Marine base that has become a sanctuary for the Obamas on their Hawaiian vacations. The president golfs on the base course, the first couple uses its gym for morning workouts and the first family often visits a secluded beach here.

But Obamas haven't had much in the way of beach weather since the president arrived here Thursday. Clouds hung over the island of Oahu on Monday, and more rain is forecast throughout the week.

The weather has given the privacy-seeking president an excuse to avoid the spotlight during his vacation. Thus far, the president has limited his movements to time with his family at their rented oceanfront home and trips to the base.


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