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Obamas, and first dogs, on their way to Hawaii for annual vacation

By Soumya Karlamangla

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LAST UPDATED: 04:30 p.m. HST, Dec 20, 2013


President Barack Obama and his family are on their way to Hawaii for their annual Christmas vacation.

Reporters traveling with the president said Air Force One took off at 7:03 p.m. (2:03 p.m. Hawaii time) from Andrews Air Force Base to Honolulu.

The president's schedule calls for him to arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam just after midnight tonight.

Obama left the White House  with his wife, daughters and mother-in-law Marian Robinson to board Marine One for the helicopter flight to Andrews Air Force Base at about 6:45 p.m. Washington time.

First dogs Bo and Sunny are also coming with the family, according to White House reporters.

The president doesn't have any public events scheduled during his time back in the islands.

He will stay in the same Kailua neighborhood where he has spent the year-end holidays since he was president elect.

In previous years, the president has played golf, visited Hanauma Bay, gone out to dinner with friends and ventured into Kailua town for shave ice.

The president may also watch Oregon State play at the Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center. His brother-in-law Craig Robinson is the coach at Oregon State.

Obama was born in Honolulu. The Punahou School graduate spent most of his childhood on Oahu until he left for the mainland to attend college.

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The Associated Press and White House pool reports contributed to this story.







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aomohoa wrote:
Did he have to go through what I had to go through to bring my dog here????
on December 20,2013 | 01:37PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
i don't know, are you the President?
on December 20,2013 | 02:23PM
Silent_No_More wrote:
Remember, he works for us! Not the other way around. Most people forget that and only take advantage of the perks but either forget to do their job.
on December 20,2013 | 04:26PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I don't care who he is, he should have gone thru the process. He can't lead so he should at least follow.
on December 20,2013 | 04:32PM
aomohoa wrote:
I'm sorry I asked. LOL
on December 20,2013 | 08:36PM
aomohoa wrote:
What should that have to do with it. The law is the law!!!!
on December 20,2013 | 08:16PM
cajaybird wrote:
It's good to be king.
on December 20,2013 | 09:25PM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Did you keep your dogs shots up to date?
on December 20,2013 | 02:38PM
aomohoa wrote:
Of course. I had to pay for a rabies titer and go through a lot of expensive paper work.
on December 20,2013 | 08:18PM
Mei mei wrote:
i'm pretty sure, he doesn't need to have his dogs quarantined.
on December 20,2013 | 02:53PM
Skyler wrote:
Doubt it.
on December 20,2013 | 02:58PM
serious wrote:
No, like the police here--he has his own rules!! What he needs to do is have a fund raiser to pay back the taxpayers of Hawaii for the security and inconvenience for his vacation. Why he doesn't use the two huge VIP mansions at Bellows is beyond me--they are free!!!
on December 20,2013 | 03:16PM
GeoDiva wrote:
As long as the dogs did the rabies test 4 months ago, they are cleared at the airport when they arrive. Its what I did when I brought my cat and dog here.
on December 20,2013 | 03:27PM
aomohoa wrote:
I woudl just like to know if he had to just like the rest of us. Just curious.
on December 20,2013 | 08:19PM
false wrote:
not as simple as geodiva states... all animals, except from BRITISH ISLES, AUSTRALIA, GUAM AND NEW ZEALAND are required to go through the same 120 day quarantine starting from the day that the animal's blood test for vaccination clears from the approved laboratory (including 2 full cycles of rabies vaccination pryor to testing). the 120 days quarantine can be accounted for prior to the animal actually coming to hawaii only if the applicant follows all procedures of the 5 days or less quarantine program. the president's dogs had to have gone through this the first time their pets arrived... though i doubt they did. http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/animal-quarantine-information-page/
on December 22,2013 | 05:09PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Don't worry about it. The dogs will go straight to the Kailua house and will never leave the property.
on December 20,2013 | 05:59PM
control wrote:
You folks do know that there were changes made to the rules a number of years ago, long before Obama became president. Quarantine is no longer mandatory if you get all the vet clearances and other paperwork done before arrival.
on December 20,2013 | 06:04PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Yes control, but you know those few always have some thing negative to say about the POTUS.
on December 20,2013 | 08:48PM
thanks4reading wrote:
there was an article a few years back that they keep the dogs qualified to come to hawaii. No short cuts allowed.
on December 20,2013 | 06:58PM
aomohoa wrote:
Good to know
on December 20,2013 | 08:20PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
So aomo is from the 48. Though so.
on December 20,2013 | 08:45PM
BigdogMD wrote:
And...let the haters begin
on December 20,2013 | 01:44PM
Venus1 wrote:
Yep! Let's hear the negatives from all the angry 'malcontents'! Don't like Obama! Don't like 'government'!! Don!t like Blacks ! Speak up! We are listening!
on December 20,2013 | 02:03PM
cojef wrote:
Is that a challenge?
on December 20,2013 | 02:18PM
Skyler wrote:
Can't you for ONCE leave race out of this,ffs?
on December 20,2013 | 02:59PM
serious wrote:
Obama started it!!!
on December 20,2013 | 06:21PM
SteveToo wrote:
If I had one he could have been Travon. LOL
on December 20,2013 | 07:36PM
aomohoa wrote:
Who is the extremist here? LOL I just asked a simple question and finally got my answer. I like Obama personally and his family. I would be happier if he was a good president put he's not..
on December 20,2013 | 08:22PM
control wrote:
yep, here come the trolls.
on December 20,2013 | 06:05PM
wahine wrote:
Mr. President, please stay in Washington. The country and economy is in shambles and you would be of greater service over there than coming here, creating extra traffic, and spending millions of tax paying $ playing golf and eating shave ice.
on December 20,2013 | 01:51PM
Venus1 wrote:
New name 'Whiney'!
on December 20,2013 | 02:04PM
wahine wrote:
New name. "Penus1"
on December 20,2013 | 02:09PM
Skyler wrote:
Stepped right into that one, didn't she?
on December 20,2013 | 02:59PM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Everyone that I know is happy to have our native son come home for the holidays. We get ALL this free advertising for the State and the first family can relax and rejuvenate before going back to DC to work to help make this a better country for us ALL! So PLEASE keep your whining to yourself!
on December 20,2013 | 02:42PM
wahine wrote:
Free advertising? We are paying for "free advertising" with our tax paying $. You apparently did not get caught in any of the traffic jams he caused eating at Alan Wong's or when he goes to shave ice. If were considerate, he would stay at the Kaneohe MCAB. There is tight/federal security, a world class beach, and he plays golf and goes to church there anyway!
on December 20,2013 | 03:57PM
control wrote:
awww...poor little cry baby...
on December 20,2013 | 06:06PM
sailfish1 wrote:
wahine - get a life and quit with your hate comments and whining about everything. Ever hear of the "aloha" spirit?
on December 20,2013 | 07:09PM
aomohoa wrote:
Oh, I do hope he stays as long as necessary so he can go back and be a better president. LOL
on December 20,2013 | 08:25PM
Silent_No_More wrote:
Maybe he should take more vacations (in Washington) so he cannot do anymore harms.
on December 20,2013 | 04:36PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Wahine, Dow Jones up, jobs up, homes sale up, economy growing, do you really follow current news?
on December 20,2013 | 08:51PM
Silent_No_More wrote:
Let see, pumping $80 Billion per month into the housing & stock market, raising the national debts to $18 TRILLION in only 6 years, Federal jobs and Part time jobs up while the private sectors ceased to hire, growing economy in green jobs and the auto industries, doctors are taking early retirement because they no longer able to afford to run their practice. Oh, almost forget our AG is stone walling all investigations. Good job, all the current news are making us very happy.
on December 20,2013 | 09:59PM
Alex57 wrote:
How much is it costing the USA tax payers for this little vacation and how much more for Oahu tax payers because of police protection, road closures, etc?
on December 20,2013 | 01:55PM
loquaciousone wrote:
What I'd like to know is how a dog gets to ride on Airforce One.
on December 20,2013 | 02:49PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I thought I saw something like 4 mil.
on December 20,2013 | 04:33PM
control wrote:
about the same as any other president before him.
on December 20,2013 | 06:06PM
Silent_No_More wrote:
Like how many of them come to Hawaii every year? Let see if he still comes every year after 2016!
on December 20,2013 | 09:39PM
false wrote:
What?! He's black?
on December 20,2013 | 02:11PM
kailua000 wrote:
only half.
on December 20,2013 | 08:36PM
false wrote:
Love the guy... Stopped working (2) years ago. collecting unemployment, playing golf and lowering my handicap.
on December 20,2013 | 02:17PM
cojef wrote:
The last paragraph failed to include the time he spent in Indonesia??? Omission intended??
on December 20,2013 | 02:17PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Whew I thought you were going to say he's coming here after the late Loretta Fuddy who released his birth certificate, was the only one to die in a as yet unexplained plane crash. Not saying you are pandering to the conspiracy theorist or anything like that.
on December 20,2013 | 02:28PM
SteveToo wrote:
"Obama was born in Honolulu. The Punahou School graduate spent most of his childhood on Oahu until he left for the mainland to attend college" Yea those Liberals don't want to talk about those years of indoctrination.
on December 20,2013 | 07:40PM
kailua000 wrote:
...and he never looked back, calling Chicago his home, until he became president and wanted to go on vacation.
on December 20,2013 | 08:37PM
false wrote:
Keep up the good work Mr. prez. we love our costco trips... steaks, shrimps,scallops,salmon, the frozen pot stickers and not to mention those pork chops. thank you ,thank you, thank you
on December 20,2013 | 02:23PM
ehowzit wrote:
ONLY ONE DOG CAN BE "FIRST DOG"...THE NEXT ONE THEY GOT HAS TO BE "SECOND DOG", ETC., ETC.; SAME PRINCIPLE WOULD APPLY IF THEY HAD PET FISHES, RABBITS, ETC..
on December 20,2013 | 03:45PM
false wrote:
Hang onto your purses and wallets folks. A suspicious looking tall skinny guy usually frequents the Kailua area in December. Last seen with a shave ice in his hand. Will only be here for a few weeks and will never be seen again till next year. No, not Santa Claus. More like the grinch. Bah humbug.
on December 20,2013 | 05:38PM
hanalei395 wrote:
No Aloha from the Obama haters to the Obama family. And even to Bo and Sunny.
on December 20,2013 | 07:21PM
aomohoa wrote:
Oh lighten up. People just like to talk. Why do you like him? He's not Hawaiian. LOL I said I liked him just not his policies.
on December 20,2013 | 08:31PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
He is Hawaiian. Born in Hawaii. Why do people from the 48 always put people in categories. You born Hawaii, you Hawaiian, you can put Hawaiian tribal tatoo.
on December 20,2013 | 08:55PM
hanalei395 wrote:
I like him because I like most of his policies. And you should lighten up. Leave his dogs out of your hatred for his policies. And that statement of yours ..."Why do you like him? He's not Hawaiian". ... What are you trying to say? Whatever it was, you're stupid.
on December 20,2013 | 09:18PM
BigErn wrote:
His real father was a communist from Chicago named Frank Marshall Davis whom impregnated barry's white mother shortly after she fled Seattle in a rebellious act directed towards her father. Barry Sr, in exchange for a free education, agreed to sign the birth certificate. We all know what happened to him shortly thereafter. These are the facts and they are indisputable. It also explains why he is bent on creating a modern day Leninist society.
on December 20,2013 | 07:14PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Besides being a lying idi0t, BirErn is bent on creating a modern day Joseph Goebbles of himself.
on December 20,2013 | 07:39PM
alikarx03 wrote:
huhhh?.. where did you come from BigErn?.. Lot of comments here are rude, stupid and just plain ridiculous. You and your comment is just hateful.
on December 20,2013 | 07:40PM
aomohoa wrote:
Maybe just lolo.
on December 20,2013 | 08:36PM
aomohoa wrote:
First time I ever heard that one. LOL
on December 20,2013 | 08:32PM
SteveToo wrote:
"Joy to the world the King is Home". Boo Hiss.
on December 20,2013 | 07:34PM
kailua000 wrote:
great, there goes the neighborhood. secret service men wont let me down my street. tired of this. cant he stay on the leeward side just once.
on December 20,2013 | 08:34PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Can't blame the Secret Service. They can see the hatred you have for Obama on your face.
on December 20,2013 | 09:27PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
So easy for hackers or big brother to probe and get the names of all these anti Obama anti U.S. Nuts. Maybe one day a dark van will pull up curbside to their hut and radarize it.lol. SA should disable the comments when there is a Obama local story because these same slugs have nothing to do. The Obama family do not need to read it.
on December 20,2013 | 09:03PM
hanalei395 wrote:
The haters who hate Obama the most are probably the ones who moved here.
on December 20,2013 | 09:46PM
awahana wrote:
No interesting comments here so far, move along folks.
on December 20,2013 | 11:06PM
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