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The Obama Family Begins Its Annual Hawaii Vacation

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HONOLULU, HI - DECEMBER 21: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha Obama disembark Air Force One at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for their winter vacation on December 21, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The president and his family spend the Christmas holiday in Hawaii, Obama's birthplace. (Photo by Cory Lum - Pool/Getty Images) | Pool via Getty Images

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama has begun his annual winter vacation in Hawaii.

The president, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia landed in Honolulu shortly before midnight local time. Their two dogs, Sunny and Bo, joined them aboard Air Force One.

Obama has no public events scheduled while he's in Hawaii. On previous trips, he's enjoyed regular rounds of golf, visits to restaurants and family trips to get shave ice, a Hawaiian version of a snow cone.

Last year, gridlock in Congress forced Obama to return to Washington the day after Christmas. This year the Obamas are hoping their vacation will go uninterrupted.

The president, who was born in Hawaii, is scheduled to be in Honolulu through Jan. 5.

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