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Obama Leaves Golf Course Abruptly, Speeds Home

Ambulance Seen Speeding To Obama Hawaii Compound


In this Dec. 25, 2008 file photo, then President-elect Barack Obama greets soldiers as they eat Christmas dinner at Marine Corp Base Hawaii in Kailua, Hawaii. Kailua is abuzz with anticipation, hoping for an economic boost from another visit by the Hawaii-born president. The White House hasn't formally announced that President Barack Obama and his family will be celebrating Christmas in Hawaii, or anywhere else, in part because the health care reform debate in Congress may delay his departure. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

In this Dec. 25, 2008 file photo, then President-elect Barack Obama greets soldiers as they eat Christmas dinner at Marine Corp Base Hawaii in Kailua, Hawaii. Kailua is abuzz with anticipation, hoping for an economic boost from another visit by the Hawaii-born president. The White House hasn't formally announced that President Barack Obama and his family will be celebrating Christmas in Hawaii, or anywhere else, in part because the health care reform debate in Congress may delay his departure. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

President Barack Obama has abruptly ended a round of golf and sped toward his family’s vacation home for what is being described as a “personal matter.” An ambulance was seen speeding toward their compound.


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White House aides said the speedy departure and return to the president’s home was not a matter of national security or because of a threat to Obama’s safety.

Obama was playing golf when reporters who travel with him were quickly assembled for a return to the first family’s neighborhood.

Journalists saw an ambulance speed past with its lights on, heading toward the end of Obama’s street. The ambulance would have passed through a security checkpoint at the end of the street.

An administration official states that a child of an Obama family friend was injured, and that the first family is fine.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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