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Obama on his way to Hawaii without White House dog

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Now that the healthcare bill has passed both houses, president Obama and his family started their holiday vacation.

The family left Andrews Air Force base this morning and they are expected to arrive at Hickam Air Force base this afternoon.

But aides to the First Lady say Bo, the White House dog, is not accompanying the Obamas on their family vacation in Hawaii.

The aides did not give a reason, but Hawaii has strict rules about dogs and pets entering the state and requires either a 120-day or 5-day-or-less rabies quarantine.

The Obamas will be spending 11 days on vacation in Hawaii.

And if all goes as planned, HawaiiNewsNow will be reporting "live" from Hickam Air Force base when the president and his family arrive this afternoon on air and online at Hawaiinewsnow.com.