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First family reaches Oahu for annual Christmas visit

The president and the other Obamas are in Kailua while the "fiscal cliff" looms

By Michael Tsai


With fiscal negotiations on hold for the Christmas holiday, President Barack Obama arrived in Honolulu early Saturday for what has become an annual family vacation in Hawaii.

The first family arrived just after midnight. They are staying in a vacation home in the same Kailua neighborhood where they spent previous visits.

At about 11:30 a.m., the presidential motorcade headed to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, where the president spent the afternoon playing golf with friends at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course.

Joining Obama were White House chef Sam Kass, longtime friends Bobby Titcomb and Mike Ramos, and aide Marvin Nicholson.

The motorcade returned to the vacation home around 5:30 p.m. It emerged again shortly after 8 p.m. headed to Morimoto's restaurant in Waikiki.

The president's vacation began just two days after Speaker of the House John Boehner was forced to abandon his so-called Plan B for averting the fiscal cliff amid resistance from a hard-line faction of his fellow Republicans. The failure to come to an agreement on a budget plan that would supplant the automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect at the start of the new year has put Boehner's leadership in question and has shifted the onus of finding a viable solution to Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

In his recorded weekly address, Boehner blamed the president and Senate Demo­crats for the impasse, saying they have "vowed to reject and veto all of our proposals while failing to offer a responsible solution of their own."

Reid responded saying Boehner's partisanship "wasted an entire week and pushed middle-class families closer to the edge."

While the two sides exchanged blame for the impasse, both Obama and Boehner expressed optimism that a deal could still be reached before the end of the year. Congress is in recess until Thursday.

Before leaving Washington, Obama called on members of Congress to "cool off, drink eggnog and enjoy time with family."

Obama and Reid are both expected to attend a memorial service for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye today at Punchbowl.


The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Mr. President, I realize that u r a voracious reader and that as our partisanships are placed aside, u may want to consider what this Fiscal Cliff would do for your country. And i say your, because u seem to be more into it than us. u must realize that we as a nation is much more important than any one man person or life, to protect the life, the liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If u as a president fail to compromise on this and put down a hard stance, life in this country may not be the same for awhile, possibly triggering another global recession. True that we cannot grow the Entire World Economy to the moon and have 10% growth worldwide for three or four consecutive years, because we will not have the expertise to for example control the widespread usage of for example fossil fuel. This opening rant is brought to you from the mourners of our Late Honorable Senator Daniel K. Inouye. In other words Punahou is not the best, Obama is not the best. JFK was not the best. The United States of America is the best. Mr. Obama, there always needs to be a Commander in Chief, because the buck needs to stop, instead of going around and around like a Merry Go Round. Anyway, please enjoy our islands, and get ready for January 7, 2013, the day that Notre Dame hosts Alabama for the BCS National Championship game in beautiful Miami, Florida. Over and Out, Sincerely Yours, me.
on December 23,2012 | 03:23AM
danji wrote:
Voted for you. Why can't you stay on a military base instead of interrupting the lives of people living near your vacation house and securing the beaches in that area. I know you have rights but because of your position should never interrupt other people lives if there are other alternatives like staying the base. Like I have noted before--Including you all elected personnel are all stewards od the people and leaders.
on December 23,2012 | 04:11AM
turbolink wrote:
You might want to talk to the Marines who stood by at intersections yesterday waiting to block traffic when the motorcade went by, or the folks in housing near the Clipper golfcourse that could not move in nor out of their intersections how they feel about having a president on base so often. God bless our Marines, Semper Fi!
on December 23,2012 | 05:16AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Just dodged the traffic earlier this morning over the Pali. HPD everywhere. Time to stay home and chill some beers for the late game.
on December 23,2012 | 11:04AM
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