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First lady keeps busy helping kids track Santa

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services

LAST UPDATED: 6:48 a.m. HST, Dec 25, 2010

First lady Michelle Obama spent part of Christmas Eve in Hawaii answering calls about Santa's whereabouts.

The first lady took calls from children trying to find out the location of the jolly old elf as part of the "NORAD Tracks Santa" program.

Starting at noon yesterday Hawaii time, the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command coordinated incoming phone calls and directed them to Obama. When asked for Santa's location, she consulted the NORAD Santa Route Schedule and gave that information to the child callers, the White House said.

The first lady answered calls for about 40 minutes as the rest of her family enjoyed an outing to Pyramid Rock Beach.

President Barack Obama began his second day of vacation in Hawaii the same way he started yesterday: with a morning workout at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay.

A neighbor told reporters covering the president that she was able to meet first dog Bo while out walking her dog Thursday.

The Obamas will spend today with the president's sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and her family. Last Christmas, the president and first lady surprised troops stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, greeting service members during their holiday dinner.


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