Kailua, Hawaii (CNN) - Drama surrounding the fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington lasted well into New Years Day, but a mere 12 hours later President Obama was fully back to his vacation routine 5,000 miles away in Hawaii.
Landing at a rainy Hickam Air Force Base in the pre-dawn hours, the president made a quick stop at his vacation house before scooting to the gym at nearby Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay.
Two hours later, Obama was on the move again, this time for a round of golf – also at the Kaneohe Bay Air Station. His foursome included old Chicago friends Marty Nesbitt and Allison Davis as well as Bobby Titcomb, a childhood friend of Obama from his days growing up in Hawaii.
Late Tuesday night the House passed the Senate bill avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. President Obama and Vice President Biden appeared in the White House briefing room to to tout a campaign promise kept.
"A central promise of my campaign for President was to change the tax code that was too skewed towards the wealthy at the expense of working middle-class Americans. Tonight we've done that. Thanks to the votes of Democrats and Republicans in Congress, I will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans while preventing a middle-class tax hike that could have sent the economy back into recession and obviously had a severe impact on families all across America."
President Obama wasted no time boarding M1 just before midnight to begin the trip back to his vacationing family in Hawaii.
He'll need to take advantage of this brief vacation in the sun. This bill only delayed the automatic cuts in federal spending by two months and by then the debt ceiling will need to be addressed, two very thorny issues.
10:15AM ET THE PRESIDENT arrives in Honolulu, Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base