President Obama, First Lady in Kaneohe for Christmas dinner

By Brenton Awa
Published On: Dec 25 2013 10:13:00 PM HST

President Obama and Michelle Obama had Christmas dinner with hundreds of marines and their spouses at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

KANEOHE, Hawaii -

In the middle of their Christmas meal, 580 troops and their spouses looked up to see quite the dinner guest. The President and first lady were in Anderson Hall, also known as chow hall on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

"Hello everybody. We don't mean to interrupt a good Christmas dinner but we just wanted to come by and say on behalf of all Americans, thank you for the unbelievable work that you guys do every single day. We could not be prouder of you," said President Obama.

The president told the crowd he called 10 service members overseas, from all branches of the military, thanking them as well. Thankful for today's stop was Tristan and Marijke King.

"He came through the big doors and here comes President Obama and the first lady, and he wished us Mele Kalikimaka." said Marijke King, a military wife.

It didn't end there. Both the marine and his wife got one on-one-time with the Commander in Chief.

"He said 'what's your name?' I said 'my name is Marijke,' and he's like 'hello Marijke,' and I was like, 'You just said my name the right way,' and Michelle Obama said 'Oh, your name is Marijke. That's easy,' and gave me a big hug," said King

King also said Michelle Obama asked about her tattoo.

"I was so star struck by them that I was just like, you know," King said.

"Looking at someone who you usually see talking on TV to all of America talking to you is pretty crazy," said Tristan King, a Marine.

It was Tristan's second time meeting the president, but a first with the First Lady.

"She gave me a big hug when I first saw her and she wished the family a Merry Christmas as well," said Tristan.

"Michelle and I know that we would not enjoy the freedoms we do if it were not for the incredible dedication and professionalism of work that you do. The least we can do is let you all know we're grateful to you," said President Obama.

President Obama's speech lasted roughly three minutes. Once finished, he and the first lady went into a private room to take pictures with some of the service members.

Click here to watch Brenton Awa's report.

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