Barack Obama is not her president, since she is from Toronto. Still, she was happy to score Obama’s signature in her journal. Obama wrote “To Krystin – Dream big dreams!” and his name. Her uncle Rob, a U.S. Navy officer who declined to give his last name to reporters, said Obama, 52 and a noted gym rat, looked “very fit” during a Christmas Eve workout.
The President was doing free weights, followed by stretches, and finished with Pilates on the mat. Walking out of the gym, Obama grabbed a basketball and shot a few baskets. Reporters were not allowed to witness Obama’s gym exploits but caught up with the Lavelles at a nearby McDonald’s for a debriefing.
“His motorcade parked right up at the gym, and he made a beeline to the fence to greet people there,” the Naval officer said. Obama, who was born in Hawaii, paid homage to his other hometown by sporting a Chicago White Sox baseball cap. The Lavelles are vacationing at a home not far from the Obama family’s upscale rental in Kailua, about 15 miles from Honolulu.
Krystin gave a flower to Obama, who said he would give it to his wife. “He said he’d tell her that he picked them,” Lavelle said.