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
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 Jan. 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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