03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Let The President Surf!

In an interview with April D. Ryan from the American Urban Radio Networks, President Obama spoke of going on vacation to Hawaii and how he couldn't easily hit the waves anymore. Here's a telling exchange:

Q: Well, first of all, let's start off on a light note. You're preparing to go away to Hawaii for vacation, and everyone around here is talking about you body surfing. Is that a healthy thing to do? (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: It's a wonderful thing to do. I grew up doing it, love the ocean. I'll admit to you that the Secret Service these days does not like me doing it. The last time I tried it they had a bunch of people out on jet skis in the water and surrounding me with all kinds of stuff and it was a little distracting for the other swimmers. So I don't know if I'll get out there this year, but I tell you what I will definitely be enjoying some sun.

I know when I go bodyboarding, even for a short session, I feel renewed and refreshed and able to come back with a reinvigorated perspective and a nice jolt of adrenaline and energy. With all that he has on his plate, I'm hopeful the President can catch a surf session while in Hawaii and enjoy the warm Pacific ocean. Aloha and mahalo to the Commander in Chief! Have a great session and let me know if you need to borrow a board and fins.