President Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Hawaii tonight to begin his Christmas vacation. A vacation that was put on hold while he continued to deal with issues in Washington. The White House announced the president’s departure plans shortly after the House and the Senate signed off on a deal to extend payroll tax cuts after House Republicans reversed course and dropped their opposition.
The Senate had already agreed to the two-month deal, but the House GOP refused to budge until Thursday evening. With Washington deadlocked, Obama delayed his annual December trip to Honolulu area, where he was born and mostly raised. He had planned to leave Washington on Dec. 17.
You may expect some traffic delays while his motorcade makes its way to the beachfront house in Kailua that the President and his family stay in during their Christmas vacations in Hawaii. This will be the first time that Obama has been in Hawaii since APEC.
The president’s wife and daughters have been in Hawaii since late last week. The Obamas plan to return to Washington in early January.