For Obama, reunion with pals a link to simpler times

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2008 file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., second from right, walks with Bobby Titcomb, second from left, and Greg Orme right after throwing a lei in the Pacific Ocean at the point where he scattered his mother's ashes in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since returning to his childhood home this month on vacation, President Barack Obama has spent nearly every day cloistered with three people whose company puts him at ease. It’s not his wife and daughters, who came with him, but a trio of pals whose friendship dates back to Obama’s high school days in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)HONOLULU (AP) — Since returning to his childhood home this month on vacation, President Barack Obama has spent a good part of most days cloistered with three people whose company puts him at ease. They’re not his wife and daughters, who came with him, but a trio of pals whose friendship dates back to Obama’s high school days in Hawaii.

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