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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.

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Obamas Attend Easter Worship at Historic DC Church

Mandel Ngan//AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Donning their Sunday best, President Barack Obama and his family attended Easter services Sunday morning at St. John’s Church in Washington D.C.

Located a block away from the White House, the protestant Episcopal parish is a frequent visit for Obama and past presidents. A casual stroll through Lafayette Park will bring you to the historic house of worship in minutes.

The president, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia were seated about six pews back from the pulpit of Rev. Luis Leon, whose sermon reflected on the uncertain state of world affairs as they related to the faith.

Citing a recent New York Times article, the pastor said a new renaissance in Somalia’s capital could be seen as an allegory of rebirth.

“Now you may say, ‘They’re all Muslim.’ But so what? That is evidence of the resurrection,” he said.

Reverend Leon told the congregation the Christian faith was designed for times like these.

“Everything doesn’t get fixed right away,” he said, and implored parishioners not to give up.

As Christians and Jews observe Easter or Passover this weekend, Obama reflected on the meaning of the holidays in his weekly address.

Stating he was committed to the Christian tenet of living through Jesus’ example, the president said Christ’s doctrine of selflessness could be shared by anyone.

“All of us, no matter how or whether we believe, can identify with elements of his story,” he said. “The triumph of hope over despair. Of faith over doubt. The notion that there is something out there that is bigger than ourselves.”

Obama said the religious weekend is a reminder “of the common thread of humanity that connects us all.”

The statement dovetails with a White House prayer breakfast and Seder dinner with friends of the Obama family last week.

Today is the Obama family’s second Easter visit to St. John’s, having attended holiday services there in 2009. In consecutive years the family had visited historically black churches in Washington for the occasion.

President Obama and his family frequently rotate through a number of churches in the District, having never committed membership to a sole congregation.

It was the same for former presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

At least one predecessor, Richard Nixon, actually held Sunday service in the White House itself.

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Coach Obama Mentors Daughter’s Team

Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Between his many duties as Commander-in-Chief, President Obama seems to have added a new responsibility to his plate: coaching his daughter Sasha’s basketball team.

Weekends at the White House typically see a casually dressed Obama traveling to his daughters’ sports games and Saturday morning was no exception.

Or, if there are no events scheduled, he often takes the children and their friends to shoot hoops on their own. As such, the press is accustomed to seeing presidential assistants lugging sacks of athletic gear into his motorcade, weaving between Secret Service.

But media are rarely allowed to attend the games and according to Michelle Obama, the First Dad has taken a stronger role than previously known by actively instructing Sasha’s team.

“He hasn’t missed a game,” the First Lady said on Thursday. “I think he was hoping to get this weekend off, but I’m gone.”

Mrs. Obama is traveling this week and is currently in Florida.

It’s unclear how long the President has been participating in the team. However, he is not a stranger to the practice. A year ago Obama and his then-personal aide, Reggie Love, once acted as substitute coaches when the team regulars both couldn’t make it to a game.

It is well known that the president is an avid basketball fan. A young Obama played for his high school in Hawaii. Now he seems to go out of his way to spend free time on the court, even sporting a pair of ultra-rare sneakers. In 2010 his pastime backfired when another player accidentally hit him in the lip, resulting in 12 stitches.

Sasha Obama, 10, attends the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Washington with her older sister, Malia. Past presidential daughters Chelsea Clinton and Tricia Nixon Cox are among the private institution’s alumni.

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