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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: 2:26 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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