Obama Praises Cliff Deal, Resumes Hawaii Vacation
He thanks Biden, congressional leaders
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2013 1:07 AM CST
President Barack Obama winks as he arrives to make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama flew off to resume his family vacation in Hawaii minutes after delivering remarks praising the House and Senate for passing the fiscal cliff deal, the New York Times reports. In his remarks, Obama praised the work of congressional leaders and his "extraordinary Vice President Joe Biden" and called the law "just one step in the broader effort to strengthen our economy and broaden opportunity for everybody." The cliff bill still needs to be enrolled by congressional officials and will be sent to Hawaii for Obama's signature.

"The one thing that I think hopefully the new year will focus on is seeing if we can put a package like this together with a little bit less drama, a little less brinksmanship, and not scare the heck out of folks quite as much," he said, but warned the GOP against using upcoming debt ceiling negotiations to push through spending cuts. "I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they've already racked up through the laws that they passed," he said.

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Jan 5, 2013 11:01 AM CST
I want to know why do they call this home ? He only spent a total of 8 years in Hawaii he has no family there. Why don't they spend time with relatives if they have any. This is the second trip do you know how much it costs to fly airforce one. Even if they are paying the $24.500 week rent.
Jan 2, 2013 7:10 AM CST
Hey guys, yall do know we still have huge budget problems, right?
Jan 2, 2013 5:57 AM CST
And? Everyone else took off so what's the big deal?