Obamas back in Washington

Jan. 6, 2013 at 8:36 PM
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KAILUA, Hawaii, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The first family was back in Washington Sunday after bidding aloha to Hawaii where President Obama's vacation was interrupted by the fiscal cliff negotiations.

Obama and his family wrapped up their winter getaway Saturday night by dining with unidentified family friends at the local steakhouse Buzz's near Kailua Beach Park. They left about 8:30 p.m. local time and headed to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the flight home aboard Air Force One.

The Obama daughters boarded the plane while their parents worked the crowd on hand before walking across the tarmac hand-in-hand to join them. The president put his arm around the first lady's waist as they walked up the stairs, then turned to wave goodbye.

Malia, carrying a bright green backpack, and Sasha were the first ones off the plane when it touched down on the mainland. The president was sporting a white shirt, blue blazer and black pants when he disembarked.

The first family then jumped on Marine One for the helicopter ride to the White House, arriving at 11:30 a.m. EST.

Obama placed his arm around his smiling older daughter as they headed toward the residence. Michelle Obama had her arm around Sasha as they followed.

The president and first lady waved to the pool reporter but he didn't respond when asked "How was the trip?"

Obama had no public events on his daily planner Sunday but he did sign into law a bill that temporarily increases the Federal Emergency Management Agency's borrowing authority for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program.

On Monday, it's back to his usual routine, with a closed briefing in the Oval Office in the morning.

The press wasn't made privy to what the president and his family did the rest of his final day in Hawaii, but a small group of demonstrators showed up in the neighborhood holding up signs. One implored "No Drone Warfare," while another asked "Is it really OK if Obama does it?"

The tone wasn't as supportive as the well-wishers who cheered Obama and first lady Michelle Obama when they left Nobu, a popular Waikiki restaurant where they dined with friends, about 12:09 a.m. Saturday.

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