Obama Interrupts Golf Game After Injury to Friend's Child

Ambulance seen near first family's vacation compound
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2009 4:21 PM CST
Updated Dec 28, 2009 5:16 PM CST
President Obama arrives back at Luana Hills County Club in Kailua, Hawaii, Monday, Dec. 28, 2009. He left his golf game but returned later. The Obamas are in Hawaii for the holidays.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – President Obama interrupted a round of golf this afternoon, raising concerns because an ambulance was seen at the home where he is vacationing, but all is well with the first family, the Honolulu Advertiser reports. A child vacationing with the Obamas suffered a "run-of-the-mill beach injury," according to a White House spokesman who declined to name the boy. He is a son of Eric Whitaker, who was golfing with the president, the New York Times reports.

A motorcade sped away from the Luana Hills Country Club, where Obama had gone to play after speaking about Friday's attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253, and reporters were told the situation involved neither national security nor Obama's safety. "Nobody saw him playing," said the country club's GM. "All of a sudden they just came and left." The president later returned to the course.

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