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President on vacation: Fitness and a briefing

December 31, 2013
The Associated Press

KAILUA, Oahu (AP) -White House officials said President Barack Obama was briefed Monday on back-to-back deadly attacks in Russia as that country prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February. At least 31 people were killed in the separate explosions at a railway station and on a bus in Volgograd, which lies about 400 miles away from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Obama did his usual morning workout at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, spending roughly one hour at the gym.

Donning a white shirt and a baseball cap, Obama played a round of golf at Royal Hawaiian Golf Club in Kailua, a scenic course at the foot of the Koolau Mountains. Obama - golfing for the sixth time on this trip in 10 days - played with six friends.

Obama's campaign arm, Organizing for Action, sent an email to supporters with the president's first name at the bottom saying the nation was turning a corner on health care and "never going back."

After a quick trip back to his vacation rental, Obama and the first family went for a hike with friends along Makiki Valley trail, a 1.1-mile trail that connects with two others to form a loop.



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