|The President and Titcomb earlier in the week, watching college hoops|
Honolulu, HI - President Barack Obama and the First Family spent six-and-a-half hours on Saturday afternoon and evening on the eighth day of their Christmas vacation at a closed-to-press barbecue hosted by Robert 'Bobby' Titcomb at his oceanside residence in the town of Waialua on Oahu's north shore.
One of the President's oldest friends from his Honolulu boyhood, Titcomb, 51, has frequently been by Mr. Obama's side since he arrived on island on Dec. 20th. The duo spent their schooldays in the 1970s together at Honolulu's prep academy, Punahou School, with the future Leader of the Free World graduating a year ahead of Titcomb in 1979.
The President was spotted wearing an aloha shirt and sipping a soda as he sat beside First Lady Michelle Obama in his motorcade, departing their vacation rental home in Kailua under overcast skies at 12:07 PM for the scenic, hourlong ride to Titcomb's house, across a dramatic stretch of Oahu's main highway.
The motorcade arrived in Waialua, an historic sugarcane plantation town, at 1:05 PM for the private party. It continued the President's enthusiastic pursuit of tropical R&R with Titcomb, who has joined his old friend for multiple games of golf and to cheer on the college hoops team coached by brother-in-law Craig Robinson during the Diamond Head Classic.
The White House released no details about the guest list, the menu or activities at Titcomb's home. A light rain was falling by the time the President and his entourage departed at 7:33 PM. The press pool was held far away from the action throughout the visit, and reported that "neither the Titcomb home nor the President was visible" during the outing.
The President and his motorcade arrived safely back in Kailua at 8:33 PM.
Titcomb has visited the President at the White House and joined him for summer vacations on Martha's Vineyard. He has worked as a commercial fisherman and an airline employee, according to the spring 2007 edition of the Punahou Bulletin, the school’s alumni magazine.
In 2011, Titcomb pleaded "no contest" on charges of soliciting a prostitute after being arrested by Honolulu police with three other men in an undercover prostitution sting operation.
In April of that year, Titcomb's attorney requested a deferral for his case, meaning the case would be dismissed in six months if Titcomb stayed out of trouble. He was required to pay a $500 fine and make a donation to a criminal injury compensation fund, reported the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The President is scheduled to return to Washington, DC, on Jan. 5th, and has no public or official events scheduled for the duration of his vcation
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