A little over a week after having to leave Hawaii and rush to Washington to take care of the fiscal cliff issue President Obama has returned back to Hawaii to be with his family for the remainder of their vacation.
After a hard fought battle, one that is not over only delayed, Obama returned to the state where he was born and spent much of his childhood was interrupted as he and members of Congress contended with the unfinished business of the “fiscal cliff” crisis that threatened to throw the economy back into recession.
The Republican-controlled House gave final legislative approval Tuesday night to a package that avoids income tax increases for most Americans and delays for two months billions in across-the-board spending cuts. Minutes later, Obama appeared in the White House briefing room to praise the deal in an eight-minute speech.
“And I hope that everybody now gets at least a day off, I guess, or a few days off, so that people can refresh themselves, because we’re going to have a lot of work to do in 2013,” he said.
The president arrived in Honolulu before 5 a.m. local time and immediately rejoined his family in their rented beachside vacation home in Kailua, a picturesque Honolulu suburb on the east side of Oahu. Kailua Beach is a popular place for wind sports and paddle surfing.
Obama and his family had spent several days, including Christmas Day, at the secluded compound before he returned to Washington on Dec. 26 for the fiscal cliff negotiations.
Obama has plenty of fighting ahead of him over the next few months, as both parties will try to come to some sort of a deal for the fiscal cliff issue. Right now though he will enjoy the rest of his vacation with his family here in Kailua, Hawaii.