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Obama relaxes with dinner and golf on first day of vacation

By Star-Advertiser staff and the Los Angeles Times

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LAST UPDATED: 10:58 a.m. HST, Dec 23, 2012


President Barack Obama began the holiday weekend as far removed as one could be from the stalled fiscal cliff talks in Washington: on a golf course in his native Hawaii, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

The president's motorcade left his Kailua compound at about 8 p.m. for Morimoto's restaurant in Waikiki. The president dined with family and friends and left the restaurant at about 11 p.m. A crowd of well-wishers had gathered and cheered when they spotted Obama, according to a news media pool report.

Earlier this afternoon, the president spent nearly six hours at the Kaneohe Klipper course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii with childhood friends Bobby Titcomb and Mike Ramos, White House chef Sam Kass and aide Marvin Nicholson.

The first family arrived in Honolulu just after midnight Saturday for their traditional Christmas trip, one that for the president is his bit of R-and-R after a grueling election year, though one that is likely to be briefer than usual given the Dec. 31 deadline to avert automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect.

After the failure of House Speaker John A. Boehner’s “Plan B,” the president Friday called for all involved to use the coming holiday as a time to “cool off,” drink eggnog and enjoy time with family.

“Call me a hopeless optimist, but I actually still think we can get it done,” he said, before leaving the White House.

In his weekly address, Boehner said the Republican-led House had already done its part to avert the fiscal cliff, pointing to legislation that did pass Thursday to substitute what he called “responsible spending cuts” for deeper reductions that were part of the sequester to be triggered without a deal.

“Unfortunately, the president and Senate Democrats have vowed to reject and veto all of our proposals while failing to offer a responsible solution of their own,” he said. “The president’s solution of raising tax rates would still leave red ink as far as the eye can see. And it would hurt jobs, at a time when far too many of our citizens are struggling to find them.”

Boehner, too, offered a hint of optimism, however, saying: “Hope springs eternal, and I know we have it in us to come together and do the right thing.”

Congress is in recess until Thursday. Obama is likely to return from Hawaii by then.

Until then, the president and his family will seek to compress some of their traditional island jaunts - for shave ice, for instance - in the time he has this week. On Sunday, the president and first lady will also attend a memorial service for the late Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, which will also be attended by a delegation of his former Senate colleagues.







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Highinthesierras wrote:
Please give Barry and family a press blackout. Let them relax. The next news item should be President leads ........
on December 22,2012 | 08:26PM
peanutgallery wrote:
You're kidding, right? What do you think the press has done, and been doing, since he got into office?
on December 23,2012 | 03:12AM
FrankieT wrote:
Yes, I agree, no press during Christmas, then back to press for the cliff talks
on December 23,2012 | 07:27AM
frontman wrote:
Taking a break from the fiscal cliff negotiations, President Obama is spending the first day of his holiday vacation golfing with friends and aides, including longtime pal Bobby Titcomb, who was arrested last year on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute. After arriving in Hawaii late last night, the president spent this morning at his family's vacation residence along the shores of Kailua, a quiet town on a stretch of beach on the east end of Oahu
on December 23,2012 | 07:54AM
frontman wrote:
With 48% of America paying NO federal income tax at all, it is not a tax problem, it is a spending problem. Lets expand the tax base and lower taxes for everyone.
on December 23,2012 | 11:54AM
Changalang wrote:
Enjoy a well earned vacation, sir. Hope you have the time to just enjoy your family and turn the noise down for awhile.
on December 22,2012 | 09:20PM
Kawipoo wrote:
He is always on vacation. Get back to Washington and do your job Chump in Chief.
on December 23,2012 | 05:10AM
awahana wrote:
Yeah, you tell 'em.
Need to work as hard as George W. did...not.
on December 23,2012 | 05:18AM
Changalang wrote:
Who is in Washington? House Republicans were the first ones dismissed by their Speaker after producing nothing for the President to sign. The public knows it is the dysfunctional GOP that is M.I.A. and responsible for doing NOTHING on purpose. That is what the record shows; oh, and the latest polls from Pew Research/Washington Post. What kind of Speaker calls a vote when the votes aren't even locked down first? Negligence. America needs a Speaker who can compromise and do their friggin job !
on December 23,2012 | 06:14AM
frontman wrote:
In his weekly address, Boehner said the Republican-led House had already done its part to avert the fiscal cliff, pointing to legislation that did pass Thursday to substitute what he called “responsible spending cuts” for deeper reductions that were part of the sequester to be triggered without a deal. “Unfortunately, the president and Senate Democrats have vowed to reject and veto all of our proposals while failing to offer a responsible solution of their own
on December 23,2012 | 10:56AM
Changalang wrote:
B0ner could not get the votes in his own House to pass his alternative Plan "B". The next Speaker will let the what is passable in the Senate and Oval Office go up for a bi-partisan vote in the House. The Speaker's weekly address was heard by who? His own fellow Republican representatives in the House don't even listen to him anymore; as proven by B0ner's last failed attempt at Party muster. Stick a fork in him; he is finally done. Must've been all that slow cooking on the tanning bed when he should be doing his elected job; produce legislation that can become law.
on December 23,2012 | 11:38AM
frontman wrote:
No they have passed may bills that would fix the problem. Yes, they did NOT pass the bill that would submit to the socialist practices of Obama.
on December 23,2012 | 01:33PM
Lindall wrote:
Thanks for your never ending patience President Obama and for working so hard for us.
on December 22,2012 | 10:02PM
Kawipoo wrote:
LOL
on December 23,2012 | 05:10AM
frontman wrote:
Mr. Boehner told the president, "I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?" "You get nothing," the president said. "I get that for free."
on December 23,2012 | 11:01AM
Waterman2 wrote:
Hey, anybody got a joint ?
on December 22,2012 | 10:04PM
pridon wrote:
Maybe Bobby will take him to a "massage parlor" to "relax" after golf.
on December 23,2012 | 03:57AM
TMJ wrote:
Headline: President & Bobby spotted on Keeaumoku St at 3am...
on December 23,2012 | 07:45AM
bruddahlee wrote:
Thanks for all you do, Mr. President. Enjoy your Vacation-Holidays...
on December 23,2012 | 05:21AM
Rapanui00 wrote:
What an example -- our President takes off to Hawaii during one of the worst economic downturns in history and then on top of it we have the fiscal cliff. He has never stayed at the White House or Camp David during the holidays but instead jets off to Hawaii at our expense staying in the illegal beach rental in Kailua.. Aloha Mr President!
on December 23,2012 | 05:33AM
agile wrote:
Let's hope Mr. Titcomb is able to restrain himself from visiting the "working ladies" while Obama is here: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/12/obama-golfing-in-hawaii-with-pal-arrested-in-prostitution-sting/
on December 23,2012 | 07:31AM
frontman wrote:
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Taking a break from the fiscal cliff negotiations, President Obama is spending the first day of his holiday vacation golfing with friends and aides, including longtime pal Bobby Titcomb, who was arrested last year on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute. After arriving in Hawaii late last night, the president spent this morning at his family's vacation residence along the shores of Kailua, a quiet town on a stretch of beach on the east end of Oahu
on December 23,2012 | 07:54AM
3ocean3000 wrote:
Give it a rest, sore losers. You're exactly why he can't get things done in Washington. Not because he's incapable, but because he has do deal with people like you. We've got him for another 4 years, so why don't you try to support him and help this country?
on December 23,2012 | 08:18AM
Kawipoo wrote:
He is destroying the country. Why should I help him?
on December 23,2012 | 03:15PM
64hoo wrote:
because i don't support a commie. who won't help this country.
on December 23,2012 | 06:31PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The Audubon Society announced sightings of the rare Hawaii titcomb. It is only seen during Christmas periods.
on December 23,2012 | 08:22AM
frontman wrote:
No he can be found at most hostess bars.........................
on December 23,2012 | 10:58AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I yield to your superior experience in such matters.
on December 23,2012 | 11:57AM
frontman wrote:
Let's go over that cliff.......................................all pay or no one pays.
on December 23,2012 | 11:52AM
whatimsayingis wrote:
Welcome home, President Barry, First Lady Michelle and Sasha and Malia! Relax and enjoy your vacation in your beautiful home state Hawaii! Wishing you Peace, Happiness, and Good Health for this Holiday Season and during the coming year. Mele Kalikimaka and Hauoli Maka Hiki Hou! Jesus if the Reason for the Season
on December 23,2012 | 03:29PM
inverse wrote:
This is all Kabuki theater. BOTH Obama/Demos and the Repubs want to raise taxes on ALL taxpaying Americans because raising taxes on the super rich is only a drop in the bucket in which they need to address the federal fiscal problems. They want the Bush tax cuts to end for all, that way they can blame each other yet, both sides wanted this to happen all along. Automatic spending cuts are preferred, that way Congress and Obama do not have to take any responsibility for decreasing spending on the military and entitlements like Soc. Security. In in all of this fallout with a NO real Hawaii representation in Congress, Oahu will NOT receive $1.5 billion for a train to nowhere. The FTA in their budgets will probably have discretionary spending in which they can throw tens of millions to Hawaii for the train in the four years Obama remains as President without Congressional approval, but there will NO be official approval for the $1.5 billion appropriation by Congress. So in four years if another Administration comes into office, federal funding to the train can abruptly go to zero and Hawaii residents will be left holding ALL of the bills for the train to nowhere to build it and to maintain it forever.
on December 23,2012 | 04:01PM
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