Obamas arrive in Hawaii for last vacation of presidency

Obamas arrive in Hawaii for last vacation of presidency
Vacay Dude in Chief. (Image: Screen grab of Hawaii News Now video)

[Ed. – After 8 years of the Obamas’ incessant, high-end vacations, you simply cannot interest me in dumping on the Trumps.  I do remember wistfully the days of George and Laura puttering around their modest ranch in tiny Crawford, Texas a few times a year.]

After closing his final news conference of the year with a “Mele Kalikimaka,” President Obama and his family left behind chilly temperatures in the nation’s capital for their annual Christmas vacation in the islands.

Obama and his family landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam about 11 p.m., and were met by U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, (D-Hawaii), Gov. David Ige, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Adm. Harry Harris, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander.

After the president greeted the dignitaries, the family jetted off to their rented Kailua mansion by motorcade.

The U.S. Coast Guard has established a temporary security zone in Kailua Bay starting Friday at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Jan. 2.

The maritime security zone starts from Kapoho Point and extends westward to the shoreline near Kailuana Loop. The zone also includes the adjacent channel beginning at Kapoho Point to the North Kalaheo Avenue Road bridge. An orange marker will indicate the perimeter of the security zone.

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