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Dec 22, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Hawaii Star Advertiser: 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 and the motorcade was underway to the first family’s Kailua vacation home at about 12:26 a.m.

The president and the first family do not have any public scheduled events while they are in the islands, but Oahu motorists should expect unannounced delays as the presidential motorcade travels around the island.

Obama stay here may be cut shorter than usual since he leaves Washington without having a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff on Jan. 1.

Speaking to the press before he left, Obama encouraged Congress to “to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class Americans.”

“Once this legislation is agreed to, I expect Democrats and Republicans to get back to Washington and have it pass both chambers. And I will immediately sign that legislation into law, before Jan. 1st of next year. It’s that simple,” he said.

He ended his remarks by saying, “I want to wish every American a merry Christmas. And because we didn’t get this done, I will see you next week.”