HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - President Barack Obama in now expected to arrive in Honolulu at about 11:50 p.m. Wednesday to begin his Christmas vacation. Air Force One will land at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam with Obama and U.S. Sen. Dan Akaka.
"I think the president is -- I think he is, as much as anything, anxious to spend time where he grew up with his family and to see -- to see his sister, to see his niece -- nieces," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Wednesday.
The President started his day signing the repeal of "don't ask don't tell" banning the military's practice of barring openly gay service members from serving in the military. Now the President is waiting for the Senate to ratify a new START treaty with Russia that would cut both country's warheads down to no more than 1,500. And once Congress winds down its work, Gibbs said the President will depart for Hawaii. As for what the President will do on vacation - Gibbs said he'll continue to get his daily intelligence briefing and probably read a novel or two.
"I anticipate that they'll take a number of things with them and that he'll -- he'll read a good amount of stuff. He'll have, obviously, his daily intelligence briefing, as well as probably a novel or two."
Honolulu motorists will be getting a break if the president does indeed arrive in Honolulu during the evening. His motorcade would be able to make the drive to Kailua without tying up rush-hour traffic.