HONOLULU — President Barack Obama starting his annual winter vacation in Hawaii on a quiet note — and hopes it stays that way.
The president and his wife, daughters and two dogs arrived late Friday and headed to a beachside home in the sleepy Honolulu suburb of Kailua.
Obama got a late start Saturday, and by early afternoon was golfing with friends.
The Obamas vacation every year in Hawaii, where Obama was born. This is the first year last-minute wrangling in Congress didn’t prevent them from departing on schedule. Major news events disrupted the vacation in previous years.
Obama did spend part of Saturday conferring with top advisers about the tense situation in South Sudan.