(KAILUA, Hawaii) — In keeping with tradition, President Obama called 10 service members, two from each branch of the military, to “wish them a happy holiday and thank them for their service” Saturday night, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on the trip.
The troops are stationed around the world, he said, and the calls were placed from his vacation rental home in Kailua, Hawaii.
The president’s vacation was delayed for six days while he wrestled with Congress over the extension of the payroll tax cut.
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