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Michelle Obama and daughters on low-key Kailua getaway

The president is not expected before Tuesday

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:26 p.m. HST, Dec 19, 2011

First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha seem to have been enjoying a respite from the television cameras since arriving at their Kailua vacation home on Saturday, according to area residents.

Scott Miscovich, who lives down the street from the now-famous five-bedroom rental home on Kailuana Place, said media and security presence in the area has so far been “very subtle.”

“My wife saw Michelle and the kids passing by and we’ve seen Bo (the Obamas’ dog) walking,” Miscovich said. “There hasn’t been much going on so far. It’s been very low-key compared to when the president is here.”

President Barack Obama was originally to have accompanied his family on vacation on Friday evening but stayed in Washington, D.C., to push for passage of a short-term spending bill and the extension of the payroll tax cut.

“From our standpoint, it’s not a headache,” Miscovich said. “We’re glad he gets to come home and glad he’s spending his vacation in Kailua.”

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LanaUlulani wrote:

This is in poor taste considering that a record high 41.5 million Americans are on food stamps. Worse the Obamas are taking two planes again instead of one plane which creates more unnecessary pollution to our environment and the very fragile ecosystem in Hawai'i. Pilau.

on December 19,2011 | 08:51AM
control wrote:
but hey it was good enough for a republican president to travel home multiple times under the same circumstances......typical sour grapes and scrooge mentality
on December 19,2011 | 02:47PM
Jen06 wrote:
ARe you referring to GW? You are aware that he went to his private residence that was set up with an office, was easy to secure, and didn't necessitate expensive rentals for "the detail" that went along? You are also aware that it was an informal place for dignitaries to visit and conduct business in such a setting? You are also aware that GW and family spent Christmas at Camp David so the SS detail would be close enough to home to be able spend time with their own families? There is is BIG difference between working vacations and complete time off vacays?
on December 20,2011 | 04:58PM
entrkn wrote:
Hoping the Obama family enjoys a well deserved vacation and a very Merry Christmas back home in Hawaii... can not wish LanaUlulani the same.
on December 19,2011 | 09:55AM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Your pilau wish about my Christmas vacation says more about you than it does about me.

In any case, the difference between my two-day Christmas vacation is that Obama is stealing taxpayer money to frolick in the lap of luxury to the tune of nearly $4,000,000.

On the other hand, I am using my OWN money and not misappropriating hard-working people's hard earned money... so mahalo.

Despite your PILAU attitude... I will be having a WONDERFUL time surfing :)

on December 19,2011 | 10:49AM
keikamaui wrote:
This little Christmas vacation is costing you and me $4,000,000.00! If you think that's small potatoes then consider the $157,000 that you now owe the United States government thanks to President Obama's adventures in Washington. Hum, come to think of it he spends less when visiting these islands. Come back again, Mr. President before Nov 2012!
on December 19,2011 | 10:09AM
entrkn wrote:
Since my ability to recall goes past the end of my nose, unlike yourself, I am able to recall that all of this Great Recession was created and is now being perpetuated by Republicans and their corporate masters but, as usual, they are trying to shift the blame to those who are trying to fix it including our President...
on December 19,2011 | 01:47PM
control wrote:
so true and typical of the party of No.
on December 19,2011 | 02:48PM
Jen06 wrote:
Sorry but you are trying to rewrite history. Do Fannie and Freddie ring a bell? You know, the pet project of some dems. Barry, in his "efforts" to fix the economy has only made it much worse. Fortunately, Reps are trying very hard to keep him from putting us further in debt. BTW - haven't the corporate masters contributed more to Barry than to all the rep candidates put together? Barry IS to blame.
on December 20,2011 | 05:03PM
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