Obama starts delayed Hawaiian vacation

HONOLULU (AP) -December 24, 2011

Less than 30 minutes after landing in Hawaii Friday night, the president and Michelle Obama headed out to one of their favorite dinner spots - Morimoto Restaurant. The White House says the Obamas were joined at dinner by several friends.

Mrs. Obama has been in Hawaii with her daughters for a week. But the president delayed his departure to stay in Washington while Congress worked out an agreement on extending expiring payroll tax cuts.

The president has no public events planned while in Hawaii. A small group of advisers are traveling with him to brief him on domestic and international developments.

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