Obama, daughters depart Hawaii after vacation

President Barack Obama waves to various Hawaii dignitaries before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to return to Washington, Jan. 4, in Honolulu.

Obama took off for Washington with his daughters, on Saturday night while Michelle Obama stayed behind on the islands, as a birthday present from her husband.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia have departed Hawaii after a 15-day family vacation for the holidays.

The president and his daughters took off for Washington aboard Air Force One on Saturday night.

Obama left Hawaii after a final low-key day spent mostly on the eastern side of the island. He played golf, hung out in his vacation home with his family and ate dinner at a popular steakhouse near a beachside park.

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After dinner, the family drove to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Obama and his daughters greeted people gathered behind a rope line to watch them depart.

Michelle Obama is staying behind on the islands as a birthday present from her husband.

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