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President Obama, daughters back in Washington

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:47 a.m. HST, Jan 05, 2014

The 15-day Hawaiian holiday vacation is over for President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia.

The president and his daughters arrived back at the White House on a chilly, drizzly Sunday morning after an eight-hour flight on Air Force One.

The temperature in Washington D.C. when the president arrived at 10:30 a.m. Washington time was 36 degrees with an icy slush on the ground.

First lady Michelle Obama is getting a few extra days of Hawaiian sun.

Mrs. Obama stayed behind to spend time with friends ahead of her upcoming 50th birthday party. The White House says the extra time in the islands is part of Mrs. Obama's birthday gift from the president.

The first lady turns 50 on Jan. 17. The White House did not say when she planned to return to Washington.

Before leaving, the Obamas went out to dinner at Buzz's Lanikai steak house.

The president also got in a final round of golf Saturday afternoon.

Instead of his usual morning workout, Obama and and his wife went on a brief morning hike Saturday, visiting the Na Pohaku O Hauwahine trail, overlooking the Kawainui marsh, near their Kailua vacation home.

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serious wrote:
Birthday gift from the President? Try Taxpayers. Let's see operating costs of $800,000 per hour, ten hour flight!!! Happy Birthday. Not including--what is it? $300,000 for security paid by Hawaiian taxpayers?
on January 5,2014 | 07:41AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Incorrect on all counts. But that probably doesn't matter to you as much as wanking about everything does.
on January 5,2014 | 09:28AM
serious wrote:
copperwire9 you are correct. It is incorrect. A friend called and looked them up. It's $805,000 per operating hour and it's 13 hours to DC. Should I calculate the BD costs or can you figure that our??
on January 5,2014 | 01:20PM
frontman wrote:
IMPEACH the LIAR of the year NOW
on January 5,2014 | 04:45PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Can't be...WE voted BUSH out of office 2 terms ago.....
on January 5,2014 | 08:17PM
kawikakoike96819 wrote:
Haters gonna hate!
on January 5,2014 | 09:55AM
808warriorfan wrote:
Not Haters but RACIST...sad to think there are RACIST in Hawaii
on January 5,2014 | 08:17PM
ISCREAM wrote:
Always have been...always will be...wasn't Capt. Cook killed???
on January 5,2014 | 09:33PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
They thought Cook was a god. Worshiped him then tested him. Oops he died from a human spear. I wonder how a god Tatar?
on January 5,2014 | 09:40PM
64hoo wrote:
and I heard they ate cook no body
on January 5,2014 | 10:11PM
puamamane wrote:
I don't see any mention of race on any comments above
on January 6,2014 | 05:25AM
Smiling wrote:
Nope....totally inaccurate.....it's been proven each year that the Obamas spend their own money on rentals.....and, now with the President gone, security is gone.....I'm sure she has someone, but most all SS and Police are gone. Get your facts straight.
on January 5,2014 | 10:06AM
serious wrote:
Security is gone??? You have got to check the facts. I never mentioned the rentals. Do you think Michelle would stoop to take a commercial flight out of here? So, as I said taxpayers are footing the bill for her BD--just like they did on her Spain trip and her daughter's Mexican trip.
on January 5,2014 | 10:13AM
Smiling wrote:
Wonder how many trips that we the tax payers paid for Laura Bush.....perhaps a birthday trip, too.....
on January 5,2014 | 10:34AM
frontman wrote:
Here we go again, the Bush haters as you call the people who disagree with the policies of a sitting illegal, lame the Bush's
on January 5,2014 | 04:47PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Aw Jesus Christ get over it you BIGOT.....
on January 5,2014 | 08:18PM
ISCREAM wrote:
Pot calling the kettle black....no pun intended.
on January 5,2014 | 09:42PM
ISCREAM wrote:
From Washington to Texas...who cares...30 minute ride.
on January 5,2014 | 09:41PM
pridon wrote:
GW spent time at his ranch in TX and at Camp David. Do not recall any overseas jaunts by Laura or the daughters. Few people inconvenienced when Bush went to the Ranch or Camp David. Obama and his clan seem to want to show that they are members of the upper class jet set. No humility. Never admits he made a mistake.
on January 5,2014 | 10:31PM
eoe wrote:
on January 6,2014 | 03:19AM
kahuku01 wrote:
Who cares! These perks come with the position and title. If it was unethical for the first lady to spend some extra time in Hawaii, I'm sure some Republican congress person would raise a question about spending taxpayer's money. I'm sure if you were the president, you would take your vacation like every president has done in the past and have the taxpayers pick up whatever it cost the government to spend. Whatever complaints you have about the president's vacation, the cost for travel, lodging, entertainment, food and all the other perks have all been taken care only because the office of the president are entitled to these fringe benefits. Accept it and be happy cuz you would do the same.
on January 5,2014 | 12:02PM
Smiling wrote:
Thank you...well said....totally agree.
on January 5,2014 | 12:42PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
She isn't spending extra taxpayer's moolah, just the President's. However it may be noted that Michelle can't beam from HonoluluHawaii (no not me, just Honolulu, HI) to Washington, D.C. just like "beam me up Scotty", we may be wondering how Michelle is going to be transported from Hawaii (don't know where The First Lady is staying, for all we know she may be camped out on Lanai) to Washington, D.C. If Air Force One will make a transcontinental return flight from Washington, D.C. to Hawaii to pickup Michelle, then that's extravagant spending that needs to be audited. If Michelle goes back home via say Chicago or even Oregon (to visit Craig, for instance), then???? Who knows in this secret web that SpiderObama has spun!!!
on January 5,2014 | 05:50PM
312guy wrote:
i will say it @hh u r a plain hater, do your homework before spitting your hate
on January 5,2014 | 09:44PM
kahuku01 wrote:
And by the way, the president is not the only person in government that is using taxpayer's money for their travel, lodging, food, entertainment and other benefits that are entitled for being in that position. All federal, state, city, and county elected and appointed officials are entitled to some benefits that are paid by the taxpayers. Complaining about how the government spends on the president for his vacation and trip is not any different from how these state and city elected and appointed official spend taxpayers money for some of their fringe benefits. Complaining will never change the authorized benefit system.
on January 5,2014 | 06:28PM
ISCREAM wrote:
It is not just the money...it is the attitude...while he is preaching about income inequality he lives the lavish lifestyle of the rich and famous....at taxpayers expense while he bankrolls himself from in debt to $20million...on a $450K salary...how do you do that?
on January 5,2014 | 09:46PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Extravagance with taxpayer dollars while Americans struggle to pay their taxes and and make ends meet is poor judgement and a sign of arragence on the part of this president.
on January 5,2014 | 06:59PM
312guy wrote:
dagr81: y can't this president be afforded a holiday to his home. simply u just want to hate. a bitter person you are.
on January 5,2014 | 09:47PM
pridon wrote:
I thought his home is Chicago.
on January 5,2014 | 10:33PM
ISCREAM wrote:
Keep dreaming...the cost to Honolulu taxpayers is $250K for special duty cops...plus an additional $20K for an ambulance to be on station. Total cost is estimated to be $1millon per day to taxpayers....why only estimate...because the President's staff will not publish the figures....btw...they even brought the dog at taxpayers expense.
on January 5,2014 | 09:41PM
awahana wrote:
Are you serious?
Of course you are.
Seriously unhappy with life, and have to complain about all the pleasures others get to enjoy. No worries. We're here to listen. But no sympathy.
This is a new year, but same old life for you? No resolutions? Like being happy?
on January 5,2014 | 01:03PM
Eradication wrote:
It's the President of the United States. Should he be flying with Hawaiian Airlines? Should he and his family not have security escort? Do you think that every President should be afforded the same protection or do you think that because this President is not the one you voted for he should be exempt from the same treatment as any sitting U.S. President?
on January 5,2014 | 08:32PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Hahahaha,lol, tax comrade serious Not.
on January 5,2014 | 09:39PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Separate planes, separate everything. Big money but, hey, who cares. Expensive first lady.
on January 5,2014 | 07:52AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
In our everyday lives it's called High Maintenance.
on January 5,2014 | 05:56PM
frontman wrote:
on January 5,2014 | 07:58AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Although with Inouye gone, Obama is hel
on January 5,2014 | 11:14AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Lol these tiny iPhone keypads makes one press submit prematurely ... Continuing on ... Obama is helping Hawaii as much as possible with reallocation of Federal Tax dollars, or is it just a small thank you for keeping Kenya a secret?
on January 5,2014 | 11:16AM
false wrote:
Go away Michelle. You and your bozo husband are costing us taxpayers too much.
on January 5,2014 | 08:43AM
NITRO08 wrote:
How about you go away!
on January 5,2014 | 02:17PM
808warriorfan wrote:
on January 5,2014 | 08:19PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Wonder if what we see in some tabloids are true or not.
on January 5,2014 | 09:09AM
kailua000 wrote:
How much is this birthday gift costing us?
on January 5,2014 | 09:56AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Let me think: $119,999.95, otherwise it would place the Obamas into the Social Security bracket.
on January 5,2014 | 11:06AM
Iuki wrote:
For heaven's sake! Why deny Michelle the respect every other first lad has been given? She has been and is a great first lady. So what if she is going back a few days later. I'm glad she likes Hawaii that much.
on January 5,2014 | 10:03AM
Smiling wrote:
Totally agree with you....I'm amazed at how much the haters actually do hate......never saw such hatred before with past presidents......no matter what their policies or politics......even if one didn't agree with policy, etc.....I firmly believe that the root of it all is that we have a black man as president. How sad for this great country that it has come to this....when we "thought" this type of prejudice was gone.
on January 5,2014 | 10:37AM
2NDC wrote:
Funny as he is just as much "white" as he is "black". I see him more as a "white" man and he treats the people of America very poorly.
on January 5,2014 | 11:01AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Alan Wong's is Republican country to me. Why not visit Zippy's for crying out loud, as opposed to laughing out loud? Now if Rich Barry is paying with his own Credit Card, as he purportedly signed up for BarryCare, then I agree, birthday bashes are worth it. If not then shall we say "Star" magazine material?
on January 5,2014 | 11:11AM
frontman wrote:
Can we still call it the white house?????
on January 5,2014 | 04:49PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Not unless you're color blind and the rest of my comments are deferred.
on January 5,2014 | 06:43PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Keep smiling ...ignorance is bliss.
on January 5,2014 | 07:02PM
808warriorfan wrote:
The worst part is that this proves it's alive and well in Hawaii...I only wish I could meet these racist / bigots in a dark ally ... ALONE ...
on January 5,2014 | 08:19PM
2NDC wrote:
This confirms it. Once his term is up, obama will be another "first" and will "come out" so he can take advantage of Hawaii's new same sex marriage law.
on January 5,2014 | 10:15AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Besides already being a birther, 2NDC is now a same-sexer. ... And 2NDC speaks for all Republicans and Obama-haters, who don't have the nerve to express, to say what 2NDC says.
on January 5,2014 | 10:50AM
NITRO08 wrote:
Grow up stop acting like a child!
on January 5,2014 | 02:20PM
hanalei395 wrote:
What are you talking about? 2NDC is not "acting a child". He's acting like a good Republican. In fsct, 2NDC is a great Republican and is doing a great job.
on January 5,2014 | 03:34PM
frontman wrote:
That's how he made money to buy his dope while attending Punahou as a foreign student.
on January 5,2014 | 04:50PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Oh well! What we gonna do? Enjoy Michelle!
on January 5,2014 | 11:29AM
kauakea wrote:
When Michelle chose to come out a few days ahead of the president for their 2010 Hawaii vacation it cost taxpayers about $100K. This isn't money going to the Hawaii economy but primarily for the operation of the airplane. She was here for 17 days with him. Why couldn't she visit with her friends sometime during that lengthy lengthy vacation? Can't help but think that she would have made the effort if she had to foot the bill herself. This isn't a matter of "hatred," the term those who can't defend this choose to sling, but reason.
on January 5,2014 | 11:43AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Thanks for the moment of sanity.
on January 5,2014 | 06:57PM
nitpikker wrote:
i'm glad the pres. confined his trips to just a few spots on the island. i think he realized from his previous visits how disruptive his travels are to our local traffic. unlike mainland states, we have a very limited amount of route options to avoid his motorcades. a good reason for him to skip most military bases.
on January 5,2014 | 12:58PM
2NDC wrote:
I sure wish he stayed on the Marine Base like Clinton did. He goes there just about every morning anyway so he can work out. Would save the American taxpayers a bunch of money and be even less disruptive. I'd gain a lot more respect for the man if he toned down his lavish lifestyle.
on January 5,2014 | 03:11PM
false wrote:
Mahalo Mr. President for putting Hawaii on the map. Come home as often as you are able. Some of us get how much advertising you provide for this little state. Oh well, small brains are every where. No sweat. Be safe. We care. Happy Birthday Michelle and many more. Enjoy the peace and quiet. It must be refreshing to be away from all the stress.
on January 5,2014 | 03:07PM
frontman wrote:
I thought the UH football team put Hawaii on the map. #1 of the worst top tem, no joke.
on January 5,2014 | 04:52PM
808warriorfan wrote:
NO you are #1 .....
on January 5,2014 | 08:20PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
u mean Barry?
on January 5,2014 | 06:03PM
alohabrina wrote:
I agree with Serious and everyone else who thinks the first lady (if she is that?) spends too much of tax payers money especially in these economic poor times. How many of her family (and friends) are also with her. I believe the S S also is still here. She (Michelle) in my opinion totally abuses her position and I think BO can't do anything about it. I heard that some staff in the WHite House can't stand her. Why did she loose her Legal job way back when???? he is to me over doing it with our money.
on January 5,2014 | 04:07PM
false wrote:
You never complained about the other inhabitants of the White House, but boy are you all know it alls about the present residents. Go back your holes.
on January 5,2014 | 06:21PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Go back and bury your head in your own hole...other presidents were not as extravagant.
on January 5,2014 | 07:06PM
312guy wrote:
dagr81: are u for real
on January 5,2014 | 09:49PM
richierich wrote:
How much is this going to cost?
on January 5,2014 | 06:18PM
loio wrote:
great. wish they would've taken Moochelle with them.
on January 5,2014 | 06:29PM
Eradication wrote:
I love it when the so-called haters post their comments. It makes me feel like I really made the right decision in the last Presidential election and will again in 2016. It's such a sad situation that the Republicans are in when their strongest advocates and most vocal supporters spew such sophomoric rhetoric because they have no answers to the collapse of their own party. The "left" is not perfect by any stretch but compared to the "right", as it currently stands, it's a "slam dunk" in 2016.
on January 5,2014 | 08:46PM
ISCREAM wrote:
"Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job. Republicans in Congress went home for the holidays and let that lifeline expire. And for many of their constituents who are unemployed through no fault of their own, that decision will leave them with no income at all." President Barak Obama I can't believe he really said this while he is on his multi million dollar vacation in Hawaii; instead of his Chicago mansion (yes he has a mansion in Chicago). One thing to note...when he became President he was in debt...now he has a $20 million dollar surplus....how did that happen. (insider trading I suspect...but immoral but not illegal if you're the President). I say NO to a library in his honor in Hawaii...he has disrespected the people of Hawaii. Let the Chicago mafia build him one....
on January 5,2014 | 09:32PM
312guy wrote:
iscream: thanks for the laugh I was having a bad night, but all you haters made my night, u are blinded by your hate.
on January 5,2014 | 09:52PM
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