Obama Ends Hawaii Vacation

Obama Ends Hawaii Vacation

US President Barack Obama and his family left Hawaii where they had spent a Christmas vacation.

Air Force One carrying the president, the first lady and their daughters took off from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at about 9:30 pm local time on Saturday (0730 GMT Sunday) and headed for Washington.

Obama initially began his vacation on December 21, but was forced to interrupt it on December 26 and fly back to Washington to help lawmakers pass a tax package to avert the so-called fiscal cliff — a combination of stiff tax hikes and spending cuts that some economists warned could have plunged the United States into a new recession.

He returned to Hawaii on January 2, as soon as the deal was passed by Congress.