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Obama leaves tonight as 2-week vacation ends

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:58 p.m. HST, Jan 04, 2014

President Barack Obama is planning his return to Washington after two weeks in Hawaii for a holiday vacation.

White House officials say that the president and his family expect to depart Hawaii tonight.

The president's vacation, spanning Christmas and New Year's, is his longest to the islands during his presidency. He was born in Honolulu.

Obama has spent most of his vacation playing golf and staying in a rented home in Kailua.

He has taken his daughters to the zoo and for shave ice, and watched Oregon State play in the first round of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic basketball tournament at the University of Hawaii Stan Sheriff Center. First Lady Michelle Obama's brother Craig Robinson is Oregon State's head coach.

On Christmas Day, he visited with troops at Marine Corp. Base Kaneohe, paying tribute to members who serve in the military and their families.

Obama also has done some official business, signing a defense bill and a budget deal easing spending cuts.

Obama spent most of Friday in his family's vacation home. The day was even more low-key than previous days with outings of gym and golf.

The Obama administration did announced a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues. One proposed rule change aims to clarify terminology used by federal law to prohibit people from purchasing a firearm for mental health reasons. A second proposed change would give hospitals and other entities covered by patient privacy provisions more flexibility in the information they provide to the background check system.

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ehrhornp wrote:
Time flies when you are having fun. Seems like it was only yesterday that he came. Hopefully he will come back next year.
on January 4,2014 | 04:57AM
frontman wrote:
Why don't you foot the 6 million dollar bill and give the rest of the taxpayers a break. He should go to his home town Chicago or even home country, Libya.
on January 4,2014 | 10:44AM
control wrote:
why dont you foot the bill for Iraq thanks to your buddy GB.
on January 4,2014 | 05:54PM
Lindall wrote:
Thank you for the new gun laws. We needed that!
on January 4,2014 | 06:09AM
kekelaward wrote:
That was not a new law, that was yet another unconstitutional power grab, using an executive order to by pass Congress.
on January 4,2014 | 07:44AM
seaborn wrote:
If it keeps guns out of the hands of crazies, then pass more executive orders!
on January 4,2014 | 10:09AM
kekelaward wrote:
If you are willing to give up freedom for security, you deserve nether.
on January 4,2014 | 10:17AM
control wrote:
oh, like how we gave up our privacy to the NSA via the Patriot act?
on January 4,2014 | 05:55PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Why is it that we are told not to judge all Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, yet we are encouraged to judge all gun owners by the actions of a few crazies? Please explain the logic of that.
on January 4,2014 | 06:54PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Alan Wongs, Morimoto, Nobu. Clearly, the first lady's "eat right" campaign was a success. The rest of us should follow her lead.
on January 4,2014 | 07:32AM
seaborn wrote:
Did you bother to find out what the First Lady ordered, she may have made healthy choices.
on January 4,2014 | 10:10AM
kekelaward wrote:
Oh, that's rich! Like the foods she always orders. Rules are for us, not them. Some are just more equal than others.
on January 4,2014 | 10:18AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I'm sure they were healthy choices. It's easy to make healthy choices at the most expensive places in town. A bit tougher when you are struggling to make ends meet and when going out for dinner means the dollar menu at McD's.
on January 4,2014 | 11:00AM
frontman wrote:
He is on vacation 24/7, just wait his wife will be off again in a week and he'll be on the golf course tomorrow. WORTHLESS
on January 4,2014 | 10:42AM
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