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Security measures in place for Obama family vacation

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

LAST UPDATED: 01:48 a.m. HST, Dec 19, 2012

Law enforcement and security agencies on Oahu are planning for the arrival of President Barack Obama and his family in Kailua this weekend, although federal fiscal negotiations may delay the start of his annual vacation in his birth state.

The Coast Guard notified the public Tuesday that it will enforce a "temporary security zone" in Kailua Bay from 6 a.m. Friday through Jan. 6. The zone is "necessary to ensure the safety of the President of the United States and his official party," a news release said.

During annual visits since becoming president, Obama has stayed in a rented home in the Kai­lu­ana beachfront section of Kailua along with a host of friends and security personnel.

The Coast Guard said the security zone includes a portion of Kailua Bay, beginning at Kapoho Point and extending westward to the shoreline near Kai­lu­ana Loop and also including the adjacent canal beginning near Kapoho Point to about 150 yards mauka of the North Kala­heo Avenue bridge.

A Honolulu Police Department source said HPD has been told that Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters may be in Hawaii as early as Saturday. Oahu roads between the airport and Kailua were closed by HPD for escort detail training at the end of November and the beginning of this month in anticipation of Obama's visit.

The president's plans could be jeopardized, however, if a compromise cannot be reached with congressional leaders on the so-called "fiscal cliff" before the year ends. Failure to reach a budget deal could result in tax increases for most Americans and significant across-the-board budget cuts.

The White House and local U.S. Secret Service have previously declined to say when the first family is scheduled to arrive. The White House website, which earlier included a blog stating the president was looking forward to his annual holiday vacation in Hawaii, has no mention of an upcoming trip.

The official schedule for the president and the White House listed no events beyond Tuesday.

The memorial services being scheduled both in Washington and Hono­lulu for U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye, who died Monday, may also affect Obama's plans.

Plans call for Ino­uye, the most senior member of the Senate and fourth in line to the presidency at the time of his death, to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Thursday. Formal services are scheduled for Friday morning at the National Cathedral in Washington.

Inouye's body is then expected to lie in state at the Hawaii state Capitol on Saturday, with a final memorial service scheduled for the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Obama is expected to attend at least one of those events.

Gene Castagnetti, Punchbowl cemetery director, said Tuesday afternoon that he had not been contacted by anyone from the federal government or Ino­uye's family.

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Surfer_Dude wrote:
2016 will be his last Christmas here. After that its............Chicago. Brrrrr.
on December 19,2012 | 12:52AM
autumnrose wrote:
Then Obama still has 5 more chances to GET IT RIGHT: Instead of eating shave ice in Haleiwa, go to TRIPLER and show respect for the wounded warriors -- those paying the price of the U.S. corporate-controlled government's WARS of CHOICE. Bin Laden is long dead; Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9-11. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS and bring them HOME. STOP supporting war industries.
on December 19,2012 | 12:03PM
allie wrote:
totally agree!
on December 19,2012 | 04:19PM
aomohoa wrote:
Good comment autumnrose!
on December 19,2012 | 07:15PM
danji wrote:
NO DISRESPECT. But why can't the President stay on a military base then there won't be as mush interruption in the normal community.. Does the President have the right to disrupt my normal routine(if it was my neighborhood)?? That's being selfish. He was elected to do a job and not to disrupt peoples normal daily routine.
on December 19,2012 | 04:36AM
bender wrote:
Belioeve it or not, Presidents are people too. They do have as much right as you and I to go into the community. It's been this way since the Secret Service started protecting our presidents. If you want to blame someone, blame them.
on December 19,2012 | 04:43AM
allie wrote:
Welcome home Mr. President!
on December 19,2012 | 05:24AM
soundofreason wrote:
Still, taxpayers will almost certainly lose billions of dollars in the $49.5 billion GM bailout. If the government sold the rest of its stock at current prices, taxpayers would lose more than $13 billion." >>>> So.....yeah......Thanks for that. Enjoy your vacation though.
on December 19,2012 | 06:41AM
false wrote:
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on December 19,2012 | 09:11AM
aomohoa wrote:
All way off topic, but I agree with you False.
on December 19,2012 | 10:29AM
Venus1 wrote:
Yes...welcome home...so proud of you.
on December 19,2012 | 11:30AM
serious wrote:
You are correct. Bellows has a huge VIP mansion, on the beach. Bill Clinton stayed there when he was President. Security would not be a problem and it's close to Kaneohe for basketball. It's also relatively FREE!!!!!!! But not good enough for this Pres.
on December 19,2012 | 05:25AM
aomohoa wrote:
I was fortunate enough to go on a Christmas tour to some of these Mansions. They are really amazing!
on December 19,2012 | 10:31AM
Wazdat wrote:
Did other US presidents stay on Military Base's during vacation ? Be Grateful
on December 19,2012 | 05:34AM
serious wrote:
Bellows AB has a wonderful, large VIP quarters right on a beauriful beach. Clinton stayed there. Security is a slam dunk and speaking of that, it's a short ride to the BB courts at Kaneohe.
on December 19,2012 | 06:33AM
Silversword wrote:
Would YOU want to spend the Christmas holiday at a military base, or at a nice private beach house? ...hmm? Try to be generous to our president, and accept the little inconveniences with good will and charity. He's working for all of us.
on December 19,2012 | 07:47AM
serious wrote:
Bellows is not a military base per se, it's a military resort. And I have been there, the VIP quarters definitely has a private beach. The Food Stamp president would be happy there.
on December 19,2012 | 08:41AM
aomohoa wrote:
Not nice serious!
on December 19,2012 | 07:32PM
Anonymous wrote:
You say NO DISRESPECT and then spend the rest of your rant disrespecting the President of the U.S. You're the one being selfish. He has a right once a year to take a vacation where he wants. There are occasional disruptions to "normal routine" that we all have to deal with. The Honolulu Marathon, for instance, causes interruptions once a year. And what about APEC last year? If this were 2006 and you lived near Crawford Ranch, would you still be grumbling?
on December 19,2012 | 08:29AM
false wrote:
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on December 19,2012 | 09:20AM
serious wrote:
false, correct!---just like the APAC economic "boost"!!!! But the problem, as with APAC, was "for security" they couldn't disclose which streets were closed so the whole area was in limbo. I wonder if he ever visits some of the IL governors??? And, next Jesse Jr?
on December 19,2012 | 10:47AM
Venus1 wrote:
Yes, he does have the RIGHT to stay in the community. I do not see him as selfish...I do see people who are not welcoming him as very narrow minded...Since it is not your neighborhood, why worry?
on December 19,2012 | 11:29AM
false wrote:
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on December 19,2012 | 07:02PM
aomohoa wrote:
I didn't even vote for him but he is our president, show respect. By the way he goes to Hanauma Bay when it is closed anyway.
on December 19,2012 | 07:34PM
bender wrote:
So the President is willing to cave in to the Republicans on the question of Social Secureity COLA increases so he can get out of town and head to Hawaii. Sorry Mr. President, you pledged during the campaign to not tinker with Social Security, so if that means delaying your vacation, then so bet it.
on December 19,2012 | 04:45AM
FrankieT wrote:
bender, come on, were talking about the President going on vacation and staying on Kailua Beach. The "cliff" is another issue in a different forum.
on December 19,2012 | 05:45AM
serious wrote:
bender, look up all his campaign promises form his first election---still waiting!!!
on December 19,2012 | 06:34AM
allie wrote:
welcome home mr president!
on December 19,2012 | 11:24AM
Bdpapa wrote:
It's a done deal, they are coming. Welcome him, give him and his family some space, and send them home. Aloha!
on December 19,2012 | 05:59AM
allie wrote:
on December 19,2012 | 11:24AM
jm3 wrote:
Dear Obama, Can you PLEASE spend the Holidays with Michelle's family? Every year you come here you take away many men and women who can't spend the Holiday's with their own family. This is my cousin's daughter's 1st Christmas and he has to spend it watching you. I appreciate all that you do, but I miss my cousin. He has been on your watch since you have become President. Mahalo!
on December 19,2012 | 06:07AM
Taisho808 wrote:
Welcome home Mr. President!
on December 19,2012 | 06:14AM
jm3 wrote:
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on December 19,2012 | 06:58AM
sailfish1 wrote:
If you don't want replies to your comments, DON't make comments!
on December 19,2012 | 07:35PM
Anonymous wrote:
So you'd rather your cousin was in Chicago instead of here? I don't see the logic. If your cousin's job is watching the President, that was his choice to make. We can assume he's getting paid well to do his job. What if the President chose to go to Afghanistan for the holidays? Would you still be whining?
on December 19,2012 | 08:38AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Maybe your cousin needs another kind of job.
on December 19,2012 | 07:33PM
soundofreason wrote:
"The president's plans could be jeopardized, however, if a compromise cannot be reached with congressional leaders on the so-called "fiscal cliff" before the year ends. Failure to reach a budget deal could result in tax increases for most Americans and significant across-the-board budget cuts.">>> Yeah, like THAT'S gonna stop him from time off.
on December 19,2012 | 06:08AM
soundofreason wrote:
In the name of what he stands for, I think he should take this 4 million dollar vacation and reduce it to being a 2.6 million dollar vacation and "redistribute" the difference to bring out some of the "have nots" from STILL homeless hurricane Sandy, for a half day. After all, isn't that what's it's all about?.........What he's all about? Walk the walk.
on December 19,2012 | 06:20AM
Taisho808 wrote:
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on December 19,2012 | 06:40AM
soundofreason wrote:
All I twisted was the mirror so he could look into it.
on December 19,2012 | 06:57AM
Anonymous wrote:
You need a new name. You're all sound, and no reason.
on December 19,2012 | 08:39AM
sailfish1 wrote:
You need to get over your bitterness. Life is too short to let your hatred of President Obama ruin it.
on December 19,2012 | 07:49PM
whoispang wrote:
who pays for the presidents vacation?
on December 19,2012 | 06:34AM
soundofreason wrote:
53% of Americans. The other 47% don't pay federal taxes.
on December 19,2012 | 06:56AM
Anonymous wrote:
Yeah, we're all "deadbeats" on SS and Medicare, who paid taxes for decades, but don't let the facts get in the way of your bashing.
on December 19,2012 | 08:41AM
soundofreason wrote:
Still, taxpayers will almost certainly lose billions of dollars in the $49.5 billion GM bailout. If the government sold the rest of its stock at current prices, taxpayers would lose more than $13 billion." >>>> So.....yeah......Thanks for that. Enjoy your vacation though.
on December 19,2012 | 06:41AM
aomohoa wrote:
I guess, when my family comes for Christmas from the Mainland we wont be going to Kailua.
on December 19,2012 | 08:03AM
aomohoa wrote:
Mele Kalikimaka to the President and his family:) I do hope the fiscal cliff issue is a done deal before the end of the year though:)
on December 19,2012 | 08:06AM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Here we go again with the "Obama ate shave ice" and "Obama took a poop" stories.

What about the HARDWORKING LOCAL BOYS WHO BUST THEIR a%% and get NO RECOGNITION yet OBAMA sure does! Auwe!!!!

on December 19,2012 | 08:12AM
allie wrote:
he is our beloved son of hawaii
on December 19,2012 | 11:25AM
turbolink wrote:
Our? You're from North Dakota, remember?
on December 19,2012 | 04:31PM
aomohoa wrote:
LOL, OUR? You are so funny Allie.
on December 19,2012 | 07:22PM
aomohoa wrote:
Weird comment considering he's the President of the U.S. and he is a Local Boy. When I take my family to Coconuts, I show them the pic of the President having shaved ice and they get a kick out of it!
on December 19,2012 | 07:22PM
sailfish1 wrote:
When your "Hardworking local boys" become President of the U.S., they will get recognition. Maybe they aren't so "hardworking" or smart !
on December 19,2012 | 07:40PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Better Kailua than Waialua. Too much NIMBY often comes back to bite you where the sun don't shine.
on December 19,2012 | 02:06PM
Numilalocal wrote:
I hope Mr Obama remembers to thank all the Coasties who are manning the small boats and cutters which will hold the security zone. They're giving up yet another family holiday in the name of service!
on December 19,2012 | 05:24PM
sailfish1 wrote:
If they don't like it, they should consider getting into a different line of work. They are all getting paid, right?
on December 19,2012 | 07:43PM
false wrote:
I hope the whole family has a restful vacation.
on December 19,2012 | 07:08PM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Barry has yet to put spending cuts on the table so we assume he wants to go over the cliff. Makes sense as the cliff was his idea and it raises revenue and cuts spending. What's not to like?
on December 19,2012 | 08:24PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Lighten up, guys. I'm sure Mr.O will do like other presidents and have foreign heads of state visiting to discuss world events, he'll have all the key congress people in to talk economy and recovery and he'll be reaching out internationally for consensus on important matters.

Or maybe it's just golf, b-ball and shave ice.

on December 19,2012 | 08:36PM
7yearTribulation wrote:
He should go Chicago
on December 19,2012 | 08:54PM
goofyfoot808 wrote:
Listen to the grumblers. Show some aloha spirit for a president from Hawaii, will ya! cheech!
on December 19,2012 | 09:27PM
He's taking ADVANTAGE of his good fortune by being the first black president. How about giving Senator Inouye some respect too. He (obama) says a few words and that's it. Inouye is more of a man than this "pip squeek". I still say all UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS should serve in the active military. Then he'll know what a soldier goes through.
on December 19,2012 | 09:39PM
64hoo wrote:
hes not the first black president as i mentioned before hes half white not all black remember i go by bloodline not pygmitation by the skin color so we never had a black president yet in the US he might be the first half blood president so hes not the first black president of the US we never had one yet.
on December 19,2012 | 11:54PM
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