(NEW YORK) — While President Obama spent his Christmas Eve afternoon golfing with friends, the first lady was hard at work helping children from across the country track Santa’s every move.
Mrs. Obama took roughly 30 minutes out of her Hawaiian family vacation to answer calls from children asking where Santa was located as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, according to a White House official.
“Have you been a good boy this year?” Mrs. Obama asked Fischer from North Carolina.
“Yes, ma’am” responded the polite 5-year-old, who asked Santa to bring him a four-wheeler this year. Klye from Winona, N. J., wanted to know what the first lady’s favorite present was when she was a young girl.
“When I was little, I loved Barbie dolls. I was a big Barbie doll kid, and every Christmas I got a new Barbie. One year I got the Barbie townhouse and the camper. It was very exciting,” Mrs. Obama said. The first lady helped children track Santa and his sleigh as he delivered toys to little girls and boys in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
“He’s moving pretty fast. That’s pretty exciting, isn’t it?” she asked the Schaack children from Rocklin, Calif.
“He’s going like 100 miles an hour!” one of the boys replied. “You guys go to sleep soon now so that he’ll come to your house, all right?” the first lady cautioned.
The Obamas are spending Christmas at their vacation home along the shores of Kailua, a quiet beach town on the east end of Oahu.
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