Honolulu Advertiser with video (01:08):
Season's greetings, small talk at on-base holiday meal--KANE'OHE BAY — Before sitting down to his own Christmas dinner yesterday, President-elect Barack Obama spent about an hour shaking hands and taking pictures with more than 100 Marines and sailors gathered for a Christmas Day meal.Barack Obama
"I just wanted to say 'Hi,' " Obama said to service members, shortly after walking into Anderson Hall at Marine Corps Base Hawai'i, where mostly single Marines and sailors had convened for a Christmas feast of ham, turkey, mashed potatoes and other holiday favorites.
Obama was born in Honolulu and graduated from Punahou School. He has routinely made Christmas visits to the Islands, but missed a trip last year.