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aloha!

… arriving at Hickam Air Force Base, December 22, in Honolulu, Hawaii

NYT: President Obama’s delayed Christmas vacation began at 11:42 p.m. (Hawaii time – 4:42 a.m. on the East Coast) when Air Force One touched down at Hickam Air Force Base. Mr. Obama stepped off the plane into the sultry Hawaiian darkness with two members of Congress, Senator Daniel Akaka and Representative Mazie Hirono, both Democrats of Hawaii, who accompanied him for the 10-hour flight home. The president hopped into his S.U.V., and his motorcade sped off in a hurry to take him to his wife and daughters, who left Washington Saturday for their luxury rented beach home at Kailua, on the windward shore of the island of Oahu. He got there at half past midnight. The White House hopes Mr. Obama, who is scheduled to be here until January 2, will have 11 days of relative quiet. (He was originally scheduled to return home on the first, but has decided to extend his stay by a day.)

….with Senator Daniel Okaka and Rep. Mazie Hirono


14 Responses to “aloha!”


  1. 1 CarolineAnna
    December 23, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Yes!!!! So glad he arrived savely. And now may the best of all Presidents and everybody here have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  2. 3 2appreciate
    December 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

    enjoy your days off mr president…well deserved.

  3. 4 Hachikō
    December 23, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Mele Kalikimaka, Mr. President!

  4. 6 Hachikō
    December 23, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Just watched the AP clip and wanted to share an observation about the calibre of human being President Obama is: I have never seen walk so slowly down the stairs of AF1. He’s always bounding up and down those stairs. But, he knows Senator Akaka is older and more fragile and wanted to ensure he got down those steps safely, so he stayed close. A very thoughtful and caring person.

    • December 23, 2010 at 10:58 am

      Hey Hachikō, I thought the exact same thing. And you can imagine how quickly he wanted to get in that car to see his family. Pure class.

    • 8 majii
      December 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm

      I also noticed that he was more than willing to let them proceed ahead of him, but they deferred to him as CIC. I don’t think it would have made one difference to him whether he, or they, were first. Our president is very gracious and always seems to think of others. I know Michelle, the girls, Ms. Marion, and Bo were glad to see him. I hope they have a very relaxing break from their labors.

    • 9 Sue in Minnesota
      December 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm

      His actions registered with me immediately. President Obama is so aware, always, of those around him. His kindness and consideration of others never escapes my notice.

      I believe in kindness, and wish as a culture we valued/demonstrated it more openly and freely.

  5. 10 Perry
    December 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    He looks relaxed allready…he’s home!

  6. 11 EDP4BHO
    December 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Now that’s the way I want to see our president. Hope he soaks in all the warmth and hospitality, and bring his relaxed, sunny mood back to DC, ready to kick butt. And happy holidays to all here. Be blessed.

  7. 12 Sonjia Duncan
    December 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I wish you all and your families a very happy and healthy holiday season. 

  8. 13 collegekay
    December 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Happy Holidays Obama Diary Family! <333

  9. 14 kelly
    December 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    YAY he made it home safe. Love a man in a crisp white shirt and that big white smile…*sigh. I hope he has an amazing holiday this year, he sure deserves it. ❤


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