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Obama makes jobless benefits push from Hawaii, hits the beach

- Associated Press - Saturday, December 28, 2013

KAILUA, Hawaii — How President Obama spent the seventh day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Friday:

— GYM: Obama woke up for an early-morning workout at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, a short drive from his family's vacation home in Kailua.

— CALLS TO SENATORS: The president separately called two senators to tell them he plans to push Congress to quickly extend expiring federal unemployment benefits.

More than 1 million Americans will lose benefits Saturday because Congress didn't extend them. Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada and Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island have proposed extending the benefits for three months.

The White House says Obama called it an urgent economic priority.

— BEACH TIME: Before noon, the first family went to Bellows Air Force Base in Waimanalo to spend some time at the beach. Waimanalo is a town just south of Kailua along Oahu's eastern shore.

__ DINNER: The first family dined in Waikiki at Nobu, a Japanese restaurant known for its modern cuisine. As the president's motorcade left Kailua, about 25 protesters lined the street near the family vacation home in protest of a multilateral trade pact being negotiated between the United States and several countries in Asia and elsewhere.

When the Obamas arrived in Waikiki, crowds of tourists on a busy street took photos and video of their motorcade.

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