Obama and family arrive in Hawaii for annual Christmas vacation
President Barack Obama arrives with first lady Michelle Obama, top, and daughters Malia, top left, and Sasha, bottom right, at Honolulu Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the start of their holiday vacation in Honolulu on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP / Gerald Herbert)
Matthew Daly, The Associated Press
Published Saturday, December 22, 2012 7:56AM EST
Last Updated Saturday, December 22, 2012 11:21AM EST
KAILUA, Hawaii -- President Barack Obama and his family have arrived in Honolulu to spend Christmas in Hawaii, where the president was born and raised.
Air Force One touched down in Honolulu minutes after midnight local time on Saturday. The first family departed the plane and travelled quickly to their vacation house in the beach town of Kailua, a scenic, sleepy beach town on the east side of Oahu.
Kailua is roughly 12 miles (19 kilometres) from downtown Honolulu. Obama's vacation house sits near a Marine base, on the north end of a five-mile (eight-kilometre) stretch of beach popular among windsurfers and paddle surfers.
As the president and his family departed Air Force One, Obama had shed the jacket he was wearing when he left Washington and was in a dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up. The first family left Washington on Friday night.
White House officials say the president's vacation itinerary doesn't include any scheduled public events.
No return date has been given by the White House. Obama himself said earlier Friday that, since a deal hasn't been reached to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," he would be returning to Washington after Christmas.