NORAD Tracks Santa : For most people, Christmas Eve telephone call with the first lady of the United States is an unexpected surprise. But Austin held out to someone else.
“I want to hear Santa tell,” said Austin, one of the few children who call NORAD Tracks Santa program on Saturday and found Michelle Obama at the other end of the line.
Santa could not get to a phone, the first lady patiently explained, “because he has to deliver all the gifts” – 3 million in the last time in the morning in Honolulu, where US President Barack Obama and his family are on vacation.
There was a bitter note in this year, as the first lady is holding its annual Christmas ritual for the last time, taking calls from children who want to know exactly how much progress has Santa on his way. It will be up to the next first lady, Melania Trump, to decide whether to continue the tradition of standing in the next year.
But Austin was still concern in mind: Would Santa knows where to go?
“I’m going to move to another house,” said Austin, who were joined by three other children in North Carolina.
No matter, Mrs. Obama said.
“He’s going to be able to find you, no matter where you go,” she said, according to a transcript released by the White House. “This is a special thing about Santa.”
The first lady spent about half an hour to receive calls until the arrival of her husband, daughters Sasha and Malia and family friends for dinner at Side Street Inn, whose fatty foods and low-key atmosphere is popular among Hawaiian locals and tourists. Then the family went to the Breakout of Waikiki, the “live” experience of action, where the “locked” Visitors in the room and must work together to escape.