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Presidential vacation in Hawaii begins with an Obama staple: golf
Presidential vacation in Hawaii begins with an Obama staple: golf

Far removed -- at least physically -- from the concerns of Washington, President Obama commenced the familiar rituals of his annual holiday getaway to his home state of Hawaii on Saturday, starting with a round of golf. Roughly 12 hours after he and the first family touched down in the Aloha State, the president hit the links in a foursome that included some longtime local friends on the grounds of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, a short drive from his temporary abode in Kailua on the northeastern shore of Oahu. For just the second time in his presidency, but the second year in a row, the president traveled to Hawaii free of a major crisis or legislative deadline. Congress wrapped up its work...

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