Barack Obama's golf trip reportedly forced US couple to move their wedding
A US couple was reportedly forced to move their wedding – because President Barack Obama was playing golf nearby.
Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr. - both US. Army captains stationed in Hawaii – were due to tie the knot on Sunday at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, a military course near both the ocean and Obama's rented holiday home in Kailua.
However, following their Saturday rehearsal the couple were told they would have to move their wedding away from the 16th hole because Obama and his friends planned to play golf, Heimel's sister, Christie McConnell told the Associated Press.
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"They're both pretty even-tempered and planners," she said.
"I'm sure it was a little bit of stress, but they seemed fine."
The ceremony was subsequently moved relocated to another part of the course that offered better views than the 16th hole, she said, where some guests caught a glimpse of Obama as he golfed.
She added that after the ceremony was over Mallue received a call from the wedding planner asking permission to give the President his mobile number. Obama then phoned him in a conversation that McConnell heard via speakerphone.
"We all hovered around, all excited, listening," she said. Obama asked how long they had been "going out", chatted about golf and apologized for disrupting their plans. "He was really funny and nice on the phone."
According to the Associated Press a person familiar with the chain of events, who wasn't authorised to be identified publicly and requested anonymity, said the White House didn't know in advance that the couple was being told they had to relocate. The White House declined to comment on the record.
Nevertheless, McConnell said "there were no hard feelings about the move" and the wedding would be one to remember.
"It was all a good thing."
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