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First family to start annual vacation in isles

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:35 a.m. HST, Dec 22, 2012

President Barack Obama and his family were to arrive in Hawaii early this morning to begin their annual Christmas vacation.

The president left Washington, D.C., bound for Hono­lulu on Friday evening.

The first family does not have any public events scheduled in Hawaii, but Oahu motorists should expect unannounced delays as the presidential motorcade travels around the island.

Punchbowl cemetery officials announced "heightened security measures" for Sunday's memorial service for U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye, indicating the president might attend.

The first family is expected to stay at their usual vacation compound in Kailua.

Obama's stay here may be shorter than usual since he left Washington without a deal in place to avert the so-called fiscal cliff on Jan. 1.

Speaking to the press before he left Washington, Obama encouraged Congress "to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class Americans."

"Once this legislation is agreed to, I expect Demo­crats and Republicans to get back to Washington and have it pass both chambers. And I will immediately sign that legislation into law, before Jan. 1st of next year. It's that simple," he said.

He ended his remarks by saying, "I want to wish every American a merry Christmas. And because we didn't get this done, I will see you next week."

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 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.

Oahu roads between the airport and Kailua were closed by the Hono­lulu Police Department for escort detail training at the end of November and the beginning of this month in anticipation of Obama's visit.

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false wrote:
Welcome home buddy
on December 22,2012 | 02:00AM
Anonymous wrote:
This isn't his home..he doesn't live here..buddy
on December 22,2012 | 08:43PM
volcanohereicome wrote:
Exactly...he refers to Chicago as home...and because he wanted to stay in this rented house, he caused alot of Hawaii Air Guard members to have their holidays cancelled. I know of one family who had plans for a CA vacation,..for 10 members, and had to cancel it because Obama deciced HI is warmer than Chicago & his own million dollar residence/
on December 23,2012 | 03:42AM
hi2vegas wrote:
If the weather is not to your liking then you can blame Bush.
on December 22,2012 | 08:10AM
Mythman wrote:
Barry is so cool - imagine a cool President from Hawaii! His family is beautiful too. And then he is going to be responsible for adding a presidential library to our growing list of wonderful visitor attractions. How does it get any better?
on December 22,2012 | 08:35AM
Anonymous wrote:
It would be better if he had never been re-elected!! Let him put his library, his books about his father, back with the 47%'ers...
on December 22,2012 | 08:45PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
HPD announced today that the special security zone starts at Hanauma Bay and proceeds counterclockwise along the perimeter of Oahu until it reaches Koko Crater. All other areas are open to the public.
on December 22,2012 | 02:02PM
GWakai02 wrote:
Tell family and friends not to come to Oahu in late December because their travel/sightseeing will be restricted.
on December 22,2012 | 02:44PM
Anonymous wrote:
i'd like for the tax payers to pay for my vacation. Come on Barry..cough up the $$$$
on December 22,2012 | 08:47PM
volcanohereicome wrote:
HaHaHaHa...in our dreams he'll pay for this.
on December 23,2012 | 03:44AM
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