[Kailua, Oahu, Hawai'i; December 29. Image via Getty]

US President-elect Barack Obama(R) departs a gym after his morning work out, taking time to talk with locals on December 29, 2008 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kailua, Hawaii. Obama is 'committed' to achieving peace in the Middle East, a top aide to the US president-elect said on December 28, after one of the bloodiest days in the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. AFP PHOTO / TIM SLOAN