Obama extending vacation
December 23rd, 2010
04:27 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama extending vacation

HONOLULU (CNN) - After delaying the start of his Hawaiian vacation because of the lame duck session of Congress, President Obama has decided to extend his trip by a day and will now head back to Washington on January 2, according to sources familiar with the schedule.

Obama was originally planning to leave Hawaii on New Year's Day. Because the start of his vacation was delayed by several days, he has decided to tack an extra day to the tail end of the trip.

The primary reason for the change was the president's desire to spend more time with first lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters, the sources say.

The family was scheduled to fly west last Saturday, but the president stayed in Washington while everyone else stuck to the original plans.

Staying behind in Washington was very fruitful for Obama. He was able to score major victories on New START, repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, and approval of a food safety reform bill and legislation providing health care to 9/11 responders, among other major priorities.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Four and More

    A well-deserved vacation. Enjoy, Mr. President.

    Merry Christmas to all!

    December 23, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    President Obama should vacation as long as possible and return only when he is refreshed enough to resume the level of bipartisan cooperation he has achieved recently.
    When confronted by the nation's people for his failure to balance forces realistically to achieve realistic goals, the President responded well: he adjusted, and he ignored the most hysterical of many overly liberal voices in his party, some of whom he had brought to Washington.
    Important persons deserve good vacations.
    Our President has certainly earned this one.

    December 23, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. duke of omaha

    Take the rest of the year off.....it wouldn't bother me.....
    That goes for Congress also.......

    December 23, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    President Obama earned it. For the crying republican senators who whine about putting in 8 hour days, just to vote against Americans, I would like to point out, if you would work, you too, would deserve a vacation.

    December 23, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Len

    He deserves the time with his family. Regardless of what is being said by the right wing media and FOX news, this administration has accomlished more for the American people than any another congress, in two years, in the last 60 years. Unfortunatley, we voted in republicans and far, far right conseervatives who will destroy this country. Be careful for what you ask for.......Seniors you are in big trouble. Wake up folks

    December 23, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Liberal4Obama

    Thank you for all those victories for the American people Mr. President.

    December 23, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Marcus

    One day, only one day more? That's all he's going to take (supposing of course that there's no BIG crisis exploding until the January 2nd)? What a difference...

    December 23, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Me

    Yeah, whatever, Enjoy your vacation
    The Republican controlled House is waiting for you when you get back.
    And once you get back they are going to start investigating you
    And then they will try to impeach you

    December 23, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. oyce

    Have a great vacation President. You have earned it. They never saw you coming. Continue to lead this nation.

    December 23, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. GonzoinHouston

    After all that's happened in the last three weeks he has every right to relax with a cold beer, a loving family and a good football game. And for all those trolls complaining about the cost of flying to Hawaii, remember he was born there, despite what a few of your crazier friends think, and so he gets to vacation there.

    December 23, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Jack

    who cares what he does anymore

    December 23, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. paul

    Obama has done a great job in getting a lot accomplished during less than two years–and it was done with the party of "NO" playing obstructionists all the way. Boehner (who missed the 9-11 first responders health vote) will need to step up to the plate and deliver. If they come in trying to stop everything that is good for the American public, they will be the ones to lose and lose big in the next election. Country wants Congress to work together. Enjoy your vacation, Mr. President, as you have earned it.

    December 23, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Ken

    He's got a family, and needs time with them. Regardless of your side on the picket line, presidents with children need this time to connect as the presidency is a job if you recall.

    December 23, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. MF

    A well deserved vacation. Relax Mr. President you have all my support. Merry Christmas Obamas

    December 23, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Ramesh Shrestha

    Aloha, Mr. President. Enjoy your vacation. Make sure you go surf at North Shore and visit the Polynesian Cultural Center at Laie. Their night show is amazing.
    Mahalo for what you recently accomplished for America.

    December 23, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. DagnyTag

    To All My Liberal/Democrat Friends: Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

    I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2011, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes.
    To All Other Reasonably Well-Adjusted Individuals, Devoid of Irrational, Self Righteous, Arrogance and Hypocrisy: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    December 23, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. Albo58

    The country runs so much better when this President and the Congress is on vacation so by all means, take as much time as possible!

    December 23, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |