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Thursday
Jan032013

President Obama’s Father-Daughter Day in Hawaii

Kent Nishimura-Pool/Getty Images(KAILUA, Hawaii) -- Over the past two weeks, President Obama has passed his days in Hawaii hitting the gym, golfing with friends and relaxing on the beach with his family.

On Thursday, he enjoyed some father-daughter time, bowling with Malia and Sasha and going out for Hawaiian shaved ice, an annual tradition.

After spending the afternoon at the bowling alley at the Marine Corps base at Kaneohe Bay, Obama and his daughters stopped at Island Snow Shave Ice, a small eatery in a shopping center near their Kailua vacation house.

A long line quickly formed outside as onlookers tried to get a glimpse of the president in what was his first public appearance of his annual holiday vacation in his native state.

After several minutes inside, Malia and Sasha and several other children, presumably family friends, emerged with cool treats in hand. The casually dressed president soon followed, holding a large green and red shaveD ice in an assortment of flavors.

“How are you doing?” he asked folks gathered outside as he began shaking hands.

Then it was back in the motorcade and off to their vacation house, where the Obamas are spending the evening in.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec292011

Gingrich’s Daughters Sing His Praises in New Web Video

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- First this year there were the Huntsman girls, twenty-somethings campaigning online for their father Jon Huntsman.

In New Hampshire this week have been the Romney boys, strapping sons appearing at campaign events for their father.

Now comes Newt Gingrich’s daughters, Kathy Gingrich Lubbers and Jackie Gingrich Cushman, who appear in a YouTube video posted by the Gingrich campaign, answering questions about what it was like growing up Gingrich.

Jackie and Kathy tell a mock news reporter their father is a courageous, wise, determined, hard working and fun man.

“What I love most about my father,” says Kathy “is that he is a lifelong learner, he’s courageous, he’s wise, he’s fun.”

Not missing a beat Jackie says, “What I love most is that he’s really fun, he’s really smart, he has great experience and he loves being with his family.”

Kathy mentions at one point that their father wanted to be a zookeeper and had even donated animals to the Atlanta zoo. This prompts Jackie to talk about how her dad risked his life to save his dog when he was a teenager.

Jackie says her father has become a “more faithful person” touching on a thorny subject for the Gingrich campaign. “He talks very openly about having made some mistakes. Having sinned. Having asked for God's forgiveness … I’ve watched him grow into a more faithful person.”

They do not mention their father’s difficult split from their mother, his first of three wives. That’s something Jackie Gingrich Cushman discussed in a column back in May.

But they do talk about Newt’s current wife Callista. Kathy says Callista is “a lot of fun, works hard, she’s interesting, she loves music … and my dad loves her and that is really important to me.” Jackie adds it’s great seeing the two of them work so hard together.

Callista Gingrich shows up in a second video released by the campaign Thursday pushing an issue near and dear to her: Music education. A musician herself -- playing two instruments and singing professionally -- Gingrich talks about supporting music education in public schools and her worries about its decline.

“To eliminate music from our schools is to diminish a large part of our cultural experience. Together we can work to support music education in our nation’s schools and preserve our cultural identity.”

The video offers a glimpse of what Callista Gingrich might focus on should she become the first lady.

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