Image: President Barack Obama arrives in Hawaii
Jason Reed  /  Reuters
U.S. President Barack Obama arrives Friday at Hickam Air Base near Honolulu, Hawaii.
NBC News and news services
updated 12/23/2011 11:49:19 PM ET 2011-12-24T04:49:19

President Barack Obama started his delayed Christmas vacation in Hawaii in Friday after securing an agreement to extend payroll tax cuts into 2012.

Air Force One, which had been traveling at 569 mph at 30,000 feet, touched down in Honolulu at 5:53 p.m. local time, NBC News reported.

The president had planned to start his vacation Dec. 17, but delayed his departure amid a congressional stalemate over the tax cuts.

The president is joining wife Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, who have been in Hawaii for about a week. The Obamas are expected to stay in Hawaii, the state where the president was born and mostly raised, until early January.

The White House says Obama has no public events scheduled during his trip, officials told NBC News. A small team of White House advisers is traveling with the president to brief him on domestic and international developments.

The trip "ought to be calm and quiet," Josh Earnest, deputy press secretary, told reporters, NBC News said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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