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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Obama goes home for Christmas as President begins $4m Hawaii vacation after tax crisis

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

Air Force One touched down in Honolulu on Friday evening. The president had planned to start his vacation on December 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. Read More