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Obama faces smattering of protests on Hawaiian vacation

KAILUA, Hawaii (Reuters) - The serenity of President Barack Obama's Hawaiian vacation was rattled a little on Saturday when demonstrators aired grievances against unmanned aircraft and other issues in a small protest zone near the first family's upscale rented house.

Returning from an early morning gym visit at nearby Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Obama's motorcade passed a few dozen protesters holding signs with slogans including "Drones: Unethical and Illegal," "U.S. Bases Out" and "Close Guantanamo Now." Others expressed their opposition to genetically modified foods.

It marked a second day of peaceful protest surrounding Obama, who is spending a two-week vacation in Kailua with wife Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, the first lady's mother, Marian Robinson, and the family's Portuguese Water Dogs, Bo and Sunny.

On Friday evening, as many as 27 protesters turned out to demonstrate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact being negotiated between the United States and several Asian and South American countries.

Opponents of TPP say the agreement is being written to benefit large multinational corporations.

"Other than a friendly 'shaka sign' from the president as he drove by in his motorcade, we have not received a formal response from the White House," said Mike Hasselle of the MoveOn Honolulu Council, one of the organizers of the action.

Obama has received mostly a warm reception in and around Honolulu, where he was born and spent much of his boyhood.

Hundreds of onlookers swelled around his motorcade for about four blocks on Friday night after the Obama family dined at Nobu, an award-winning Japanese fusion restaurant, in Waikiki.

As the motorcade pulled away for the 15-mile (24-km) drive back to Kailua, the crowds clapped, cheered and waved, snapping photographs with their cellphones.

(Reporting by Ros Krasny, Suzanne Roig and Ikaika Hussey; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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ChicFreak December 31 2013 at 4:32 PM

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donatravel December 31 2013 at 1:34 AM

are you guys crazy don't you have something better to do than worry about where our President takes his vacation after all it is his home state!!! Get over it he is in for 3 more great yrs. You lost the election.

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tluns810 December 30 2013 at 10:04 PM

JOBS,JOBS,JOBS focused like a laser.

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ChicFreak December 30 2013 at 2:17 PM

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qtip771 December 30 2013 at 10:39 AM

Obama is a joke of a leader, a joke of an American, and a joke of a man!

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ChicFreak December 30 2013 at 2:16 PM

Your mother is a joke of a woman. Please tell me she'll kick the bucket before we ring in the New Year. :)

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Pantino4 December 30 2013 at 6:10 AM

like even one of these loons has any clue. Happy New Year, Mr. President and Family.

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rpalmer78 December 30 2013 at 5:58 AM

"27 protesters" wow AOL, and this is going into 48 hrs after your first splashed this important flash!

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bmissl December 30 2013 at 5:31 AM

You know, they need to rescind the term limits. This ************ needs six more years to fix all the **** that was not broken before he fixed it. Dumbass, American, feelgood, MichaelJackson loving Perverts.

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bmissl December 30 2013 at 5:29 AM

If you are white you will need to breed with a donkey before Michelle likes you...

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bmissl December 30 2013 at 5:28 AM

But we all know that she hates white people, so...

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