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Washington battles may delay Obama's Christmas vacation in Hawaii

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:22 a.m. HST, Dec 06, 2011

WASHINGTON » The White House says President Barack Obama and his family are scheduled to depart Washington Dec. 17 for their annual Hawaii Christmas vacation. But that date could fluctuate pending the outcome of debates in Washington over renewing payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits before each expire at the end of the year.

Obama was born and mostly raised in Hawaii. He typically returns to Oahu each Christmas for a low-key holiday with his family.

The president is not expected to have any public events during his Hawaiian vacation. He's due to return to Washington after the first of the year.

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Graham wrote:
on December 5,2011 | 01:23PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
I second that.
on December 5,2011 | 07:09PM
LanaUlulani wrote:
There is no record of President Obama being born and raised in Hawai'i. On the other hand... I grew up with musician Weldon Kekauoha who was raised in Hawai'i.

"No hea mai 'oe?" rings true.

on December 5,2011 | 02:31PM
3012708737 wrote:
Give it a rest already.
on December 5,2011 | 07:04PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Obama may have been born in Hawaii but his heart is in Chicago. Why haven't we ever seen him wear an aloha shirt while in Hawaii. His roots are embedded in Chicago. Nothing wrong with that but don't say you're from Hawaii when you're heart's not there.
on December 6,2011 | 03:29AM
ya_think wrote:
Please stay home for your vacation like the rest of us because we can't afford to go anywhere.
on December 6,2011 | 06:32AM
great808 wrote:
I agree.
on December 6,2011 | 09:22AM
myviewofthings wrote:
most of you that comment are nothing but negative haters
on December 6,2011 | 07:08AM
great808 wrote:
Naw....I think we're pretty positive. Positive in the wish he'd take his hope and change elsewhere during the holidays.
on December 6,2011 | 09:24AM
kispest wrote:
Like his true home, Kenya...
on December 6,2011 | 09:59AM
mrluke wrote:
Didn't he just leave?
on December 6,2011 | 07:51AM
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