Obama pops out to do some shopping

It's still unclear if President Obama will be traveling to Hawaii for Christmas, but he did manage to do a little holiday shopping on Wednesday.

After making phone calls to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) late Wednesday morning, Obama grabbed the family dog, Bo, and headed to a Virginia strip mall. The president bought gifts for his family and the dog, too.

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He stopped at Best Buy and PetSmart, where he spent $24.99 on a chew toy for Bo.

At Best Buy, a stop he said was "just for the girls," Obama bought a Wii video game called "Just Dance 3" for one of his daughters and a pair of $50 iTunes gift cards.

"The girls beat me every time on these dance games," he said, "but you'll never get a picture of me [playing] because I get graded 'F' every time."

The president wouldn't say if he would hand-deliver the gifts in Hawaii.

Before heading back to the White House, he stopped at a pizzeria for some lunch.

Asked to comment on the president's shopping trip, White House press secretary Jay Carney said, "Sometimes it's nice to get out of the house."

President Obama and his dog Bo

This post was updated at 2:35 p.m.