Dec. 30 - U.S. President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the USS Arizona memorial during his Christmas holiday in Hawaii. Paul Chapman reports.
This was a rare vacation-time public appearance for U.S. President Barack Obama. He was joined by his wife Michelle to lay a wreath at the memorial to the USS Arizona. The ship sank in the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in 1941. After a moment's silence the couple scattered flower petals over what's known as the Black Tears - oil still leaking from the wreck. It's the 70th anniversary of the attacks which killed 2, 390 Americans and brought the United States into the Second World War. Obama is in Hawaii for his annual Christmas break and has made few public appearances. Paul Chapman, Reuters