Obama (Finally) Starts His Vacation

VIDEO: Returning to his childhood home, the president spends time with his family.

(Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)

HONOLULU, Hawaii - After a lightning-fast 8-hour, 55-minute non-stop from Washington, D.C., to Honolulu on Air Force One, President Obama landed in paradise and wasted no time starting his vacation.

His vacation was delayed for six days while he wrestled with Congress over the extension of the payroll tax cut.

The delay must have made the vacationer-in-chief hungry. because he spent less than half an hour at his fancy rental home on Kailua Beach, before rounding up family and friends and making a beeline for Morimoto's Japanese fusion restaurant on Waikiki Beach. Morimoto is run by author and TV-celeb Chef Masaharu Morimoto, of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America fame.

What's next for Obama? Officially, he'll get his regular morning briefings, but the White House is mum on the rest of the schedule.

We expect the usual: beach time, golf, outings for shave ice and quality time with the first lady and his daughters.

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