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Sushi Patrons React To Obama Visit (Video)

During President Barack Obama's annual vacation in his home state of Hawaii, the commander in chief was greeted by a standing ovation when he and his family arrived to dine at a famous Japanese sushi restaurant (video below).  

On Dec. 16, Obama arrived in Hawaii, along with his wife and two daughters, to celebrate their final vacation as America's first family. The trip has last nearly two weeks, with Obama conducting executive business while also playing a few rounds of golf, ABC News reports.

On Dec. 27, President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met to officiate a wreath-laying ceremony for the U.S. soldiers killed during the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack.

On Dec. 28, the president's activities were more recreational, with him spending his morning at the gym followed by a family tour through Shangri La, a Honolulu-based center for Islamic art. That evening, the family had dinner at sushi restaurant Nobu in Honolulu.

Viral video on the scene captured patrons of the Japanese restaurant giving Obama a round of applause as he took his seat. Following routine security measures, Secret Service had to check everyone on the premises, while snipers were stationed on the restaurant's rooftop, according to TMZ.

The presidential press pool reported that Obama had been met with more cheers from roughly 100 people on the street after he hand his family exited Nobu.

There has been no confirmation of what Obama ate during at the sushi establishment. A Nobu representative stated that the restaurant will not be disclosing what dish the commander in chief had ordered.

"I wish we could help, but Nobu does not comment on guests' dining experiences," the representative told Eater. He has reportedly eaten at the restaurant several times during previous visits to Hawaii.

On Dec. 28, an annual Gallup survey found that Obama was the most admired man in the world among Americans, with 22 percent of respondents naming him their top pick of 2016, the Independent reports.

President-elect Donald Trump came in second, with 15 percent of respondents naming him the man they most admired.

As his second term draws to a close, Obama has maintained a solid favorability rating. Aggregating the last 11 national surveys released since Dec. 5, Real Clear Politics found that Obama currently has an average approval rating of 53.8 percent.

Before his trip to Nobu, Obama had reportedly spoken with Trump by phone. The White House released a statement characterizing their conversation as "positive and focused on continuing a smooth and effective transition."

Sources: ABC News, Eater, IndependentReal Clear Politics, TMZ / Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr

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