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    Obama Arrives in Hawaii for Christmas

    US President Barack Obama (L) walks with his daughters Sasha (2nd L) and Malia (2nd R), as well as First Lady Michelle Obama (R), off Air Force One at Hickham Feild in Honolulu, Hawaii, early on December 22, 2012.  Obama told lawmakers December 21, 2012, to go home and drink some Christmas egg nog before coming back to Washington to pass a scaled-down tax package to avert a year-end fiscal crisis. Obama said he still wanted a comprehensive and large deficit-cutting bill to put the US economy on the path to long-term prosperity, but that effort stalled when talks broke down between the White House and House Republicans this week.      AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Even the president needs a vacation every once in a while. The Obamas arrived in Hawaii for Christmas early Saturday morning, just hours after the president urged Congress to take one last shot at compromising to avoid the ever-looming fiscal cliff. Although he claimed he would be back next week to strike a deal once and for all, it is unclear whether he or House Speaker John Boehner will be back to work that soon, despite the threatening Jan. 1 tax hikes and spending cuts should a compromise not be made. But for now, Obama is having at least a few days of relative relaxation. Mele Kalikimaka.

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