Obamas hit Hawaii for year-end vacation

HONOLULU Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:18am EST

1 of 3. U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) and his family, (from L to R) Michelle Obama, Obama, Sasha and Malia, step from Air Force One upon their arrival for their vacation in Honolulu, in Hawaii December 20, 2013.

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HONOLULU (Reuters) - Barack Obama and family landed in Honolulu late Friday to kick off a two-week Hawaiian vacation, what the U.S. president earlier described as a chance for "sleep and sun" after a bruising year in Washington.

Obama, with wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha, along with Marian Robinson, Mrs. Obama's mother, emerged from Air Force One in casual garb after a 9 1/2 hour flight. First dogs Bo and Sunny were also present.

The Obamas were welcomed by dignitaries including Admiral Samuel Locklear, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, and Governor of Hawaii Neil Abercrombie.

The first couple briefly greeted service members waiting at Hickam Air Force Base for their arrival shortly before midnight local time.

The Obama have no official events scheduled during their trip, and will stay in a rented vacation home in the upscale neighborhood of Kailua. They are scheduled to return to Washington on January 5.

Obama ends 2013 under the shadow of the botched rollout of healthcare reform and with low approval ratings.

Among the president's beach reading is likely to be a 300-page report on U.S. intelligence gathering issued this week by a panel of outside advisers that urged more than 40 changes to National Security Agency surveillance.

(Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (22)
mdsjnj wrote:
Why not….he has his health insurance; paid by us.
While he lays in the sun we will all ponder our medical security.
The man is a disgrace taking a vacation in the midst of all this.

Dec 21, 2013 7:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
micurmudgeon wrote:
I wish we could fire this useless excuse for a president.

Dec 21, 2013 7:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
micurmudgeon wrote:
I wish we could fire this useless excuse for a president.

Dec 21, 2013 7:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
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