A Hawaiian backdrop; a perfectly-manicured lawn; a warm December breeze; a full assemblage of friends and family; and an open bar. Five ingredients which, when combined, ought to make a perfect combination of wedding bliss. Right? And they would have, too–if it weren’t for that meddling President. Natalie Heimel and Ed Mallue, Jr., both of whom are US Army Captains stationed in Hawaii, were all set to be wedded on the 16th hole of the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course. The only problem for them–and one that was unbeknownst to the pair–was that the Kaneohe Klipper is very near Obamas’ Christmas rental home. And that Obama had scheduled a golf outing on the day of their wedding. And that the golf course did not tell the President that his round would interfere with a wedding.
The course did tell the couple, though, that they would have to move their nuptuals elsewhere. Which worked out for them; as you can see from the photo above, they were able to find another spot on the course, and some members of the wedding party were even able to catch a glimpse of the president playing through.
Then, the wedding planner got a call from Obama’s organizer, apologizing for the mishap and asking for the groom’s telephone number. Minutes later, Mallue’s cell rang, and Obama himself was on the other line, with his own apology. “Listen,” he told the shocked and giddy couple, “Congratulations on your wedding. I feel terrible. Nobody told us….If they had just mentioned that they were going to have a wedding on the 16th hole, we would have skipped the 16th hole…..I hope the wedding went OK anyway.”
It’s typical for the White House to refrain from announcing low-key Presidential outings; doing so keeps the public unaware of the President’s intentions and makes it easier for the Secret Service to protect him. The downside, of course, is the occasional snafu: a wedding disruption, for instance.
But, according to the bride’s sister, there were no hard feelings from the couple, and “it was all a good thing.”
(Photo Credits: Pete Souza Instagram; Facebook)