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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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jennifer December 28 2013 at 7:42 PM

the media huffy and so on mad at anyone who lashes out at the king or his rules new laws and taxes

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Chuck Crow December 28 2013 at 7:42 PM

He has never paid attention to anyone that is critical, why would he start now. The end of this administration can't come soon enough, if the country can survive that long.

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thankgodikauai December 28 2013 at 7:44 PM


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rwharn December 28 2013 at 7:44 PM

ObamaCare will bankrupt the nation if not altered before the end of 2014. Premium subsidies and cost sharing to reduce deductibles are not sustainable and doctors & hospitals may never get reimbursed if that system has the similar web site glitches.

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Thomas rwharn December 28 2013 at 7:48 PM

Embrace The Suck . . .

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thankgodikauai December 28 2013 at 7:44 PM

martial law is coming my sheople

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Gtrchick1 thankgodikauai December 29 2013 at 5:26 PM

Go New World Order!!!!!

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sfgp98 December 28 2013 at 7:46 PM

The next real protests will come from the 5 to 6-million Americans who have lost their tested and liked health care insurance policies.

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WELCOME STEVE sfgp98 December 28 2013 at 7:49 PM

Gee … how come we have the lousiest medical system in the civilized world and yet Mr. Kolbe Bryan goes to Germany to get his knee treated????? Gets you to thinking does it not?

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MR weaver king December 28 2013 at 7:47 PM

people keep this up obama will have to go to cuba you be loved and enjoy his vacation.

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hunglow5569887 December 28 2013 at 7:49 PM

Obama was not Born In Hawaii..... He was Born In kenya.....

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bluedodge47 hunglow5569887 December 28 2013 at 7:52 PM

post all that proof you've got...

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daveteam bluedodge47 December 28 2013 at 7:56 PM

It has been posted over and over...Liberal lemmings will still follow BAMA off the cliff!

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abhyoyo December 28 2013 at 7:51 PM

You want to cut militrary pay so
Obama can go on vacation to Hawia

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GOODSKIPPER abhyoyo December 28 2013 at 8:00 PM


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