For once, the president's vacation was not interrupted by an emergency of some kind. He played a lot of golf, went to a basketball game, hung out with his family and avoided most public appearances, except when he visited his favorite shaved ice shop. Reporters covering him had very little to do except thank the tiki gods that they were in sunny Honolulu and not back home waiting for an ice storm to hit.
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It would be no surprise if Obama has grown weary of it all. What normal person wouldn't be? Sure, being president of the United States, "the most powerful man in the world," is a singular experience and extremely rare opportunity, but there are plenty of days when Obama must feel much less than all-powerful.