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Obama, first family and their 2 dogs skip out of Washington, begin annual Hawaii vacation

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    President Barack Obama greets members of the military waiting for him on the tarmac as he arrives with the first family on Air Force One at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Honolulu, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. The first family will be spending their annual winter vacation in Hawaii and return to Washington on Jan. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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    President Barack Obama, second from left, and first lady Michelle Obama, left, meet with various representatives of the military after disembarking from Air Force One at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Honolulu. The first family will be spending their annual winter vacation in Hawaii and return to Washington on Jan. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

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    President Barack Obama, right, greets members of the military as he arrives with the first family on Air Force One at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Honolulu, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. The first family will be spending their annual winter vacation in Hawaii and return to Washington on Jan. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by, from left, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Pam Locklear and her husband Adm. Samuel Locklear, after disembarking from Air Force One at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Honolulu, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. The first family will be spending their annual winter vacation in Hawaii and return to Washington on Jan. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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    Malia Obama walks to a motorcade vehicle as she arrives with the first family on Air Force One at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Honolulu, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. The first family will be spending their annual winter vacation in Hawaii and return to Washington on Jan. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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    Sasha Obama walks to a motorcade vehicle as she arrives with the first family on Air Force One at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Honolulu, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. The first family will be spending their annual winter vacation in Hawaii and return to Washington on Jan. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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    President Barack Obama greets members of the military on the tarmac as he arrives with the first family on Air Force One at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Honolulu, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. The first family will be spending their annual winter vacation in Hawaii and return to Washington on Jan. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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    President Barack Obama, right, and first lady Michelle Obama, left, along with their daughter Sasha, center back, disembark Air Force One after arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for their family Christmas vacation, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Honolulu. The first family will be spending their vacation in Hawaii and return to Washington on Jan. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

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HONOLULU — 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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