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Wednesday
Jan022013

Obama Returns to Hawaii Vacation Post-Cliff Deal

White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Less than an hour after Congress and the White House resolved the fiscal cliff, President Obama boarded Air Force One to return to his planned Hawaiian holiday vacation.

He boarded the plane at Joint Base Andrews in Camp Springs, Md., shortly before midnight Wednesday following a New Year’s Day of political drama on Capitol Hill.

The 10-hour overnight flight was scheduled to arrive in Oahu around 5 a.m. local time Wednesday when he will reunite with First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, who have been vacationing there since just before Christmas.

The president began his family holiday -- his first extended personal time outside of Washington since the presidential campaign -- on Dec. 21.  But he had to cut the trip short due to unresolved talks over the fiscal cliff, returning to the White House two days after Christmas.

While in his native Hawaii, Obama his expected to spend time with his family at their private rental home; golfing on a local Marine base; and enjoying the outdoors on the beach or area hiking trails.

No word from the White House on when the president is expected to return.

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