December 29th, 2010
06:38 PM ET
HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) - President Obama is giving himself a little more time to recharge his batteries by extending his Hawaiian vacation another day, according to White House spokesperson Bill Burton. He will now return to Washington on Tuesday, January 4, giving him 12 full days on the island of Oahu.
His vacation was initially delayed several days on the front end because of the lame duck session of Congress. The first family arrived on Saturday, December 18, and the president joined them late Wednesday, December 22.
The first family is staying at a beachside vacation rental overlooking Kailua Bay. Obama has worked out at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in nearby Kaneohe Bay every morning except for Christmas day. So far he’s made a couple trips to the beach, gone snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, and played a few rounds of golf. He also took daughters Sasha and Malia and friends for shave ice at Island Snow after bowling and playing basketball.
The president has managed to keep a relatively low profile with very little press coverage because most of his activities have taken place on the marine base or places that are closed to the public when he visits.
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.
Every morning at his vacation rental, President Obama receives the same classified Presidential Daily Briefing and Economic Daily Briefing he receives every day at the White House.
Burton said Obama will depart Hawaii Monday evening, January 3, and arrive in Washington Tuesday afternoon.