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Obama vacation: What flavor shave ice will he order?

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(Read caption) US President Barack Obama has a lei around his neck as he talks with US Senator Daniel Akaka and Rep. Mazie Hirono upon his arrival in Hawaii for a vacation Wednesday.

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President Obama has made it to Hawaii to join his wife, daughters, and dog on vacation. He arrived just before midnight Wednesday, local time, after winging in on Air Force One from Washington following a press conference. In his first official act of relaxation, he donned a green lei after he stepped off the plane.

Now all the US political world is holding its breath as it awaits the results of an important policy decision the president is likely to make at some point during his projected 11 days in an island paradise.

The question facing Obama is this: What flavor of shave ice will he pick at Island Snow?

Ronald Reagan cleared brush at his California ranch during his breaks, and George H.W. Bush terrified the Maine sea life by roaring about in a sleek power boat. Bill Clinton played golf and talked while on vacation, and George W. Bush rode his bike on his Texas acres. Mr. Obama, on the other hand, takes his girls out for a frozen dessert-like substance. It’s a tradition.

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