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Obama Hawaii Vacation: President Leaving Friday Afternoon After Payroll Tax Cut Settled

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HONOLULU — President Barack Obama is starting his delayed Christmas vacation in Hawaii after securing an agreement to extend payroll tax cuts into 2012.

Air Force One touched down in Honolulu Friday evening. The president had planned to start his vacation Dec. 17, but delayed his departure amid a congressional stalemate over the tax cuts.

The president is joining wife Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, who have been in Hawaii for about a week. The Obamas are expected to stay in Hawaii, the state where the president was born and mostly raised, until early January.

The White House says Obama has no public events scheduled during his trip. A small team of White House advisers is traveling with the president to brief him on domestic and international developments.

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