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Obama Heads Home to Chicago

By Philip Rucker and Dan Eggen
KAILUA, Hawaii -- President-elect Barack Obama bid adieu to his native Hawaii on Thursday, wrapping up his 13-day pre-inaugural vacation here with a morning workout before returning home to Chicago.

Obama is scheduled to arrive in Chicago early Friday morning and will spend just over 48 hours at home before moving his family to Washington on Sunday, in time for his daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, to begin classes at Sidwell Friends School. The future first family will stay at the historic Hay-Adams Hotel, just steps from the White House, before moving to Blair House on Jan. 15.

Obama concluded a relaxing respite in Hawaii during which he remained largely secluded at a seaside vacation compound with his wife, Michelle, their two daughters and several friends from Chicago and their families. The president-elect maintained a relatively low profile in Hawaii, some days venturing out in public only for his morning workout at a Marine Corps base.

Making his last stop at the gym Thursday morning, Obama was greeted by about 20 onlookers. "We love having you with us," one woman told the president-elect. Obama shook hands, posed for pictures and signed autographs with a red Sharpie.

"I wish I could hang out with you, but I've got to go home," Obama told the crowd.

Twice, Obama took his daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, on outings, including visiting the Honolulu Zoo and a marine park to take in a dolphin show and taking them for shave ice, one of his favorite local treats. Early in the trip, Obama and his family attended a private memorial service for his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who died of cancer at 86 on the eve of the presidential election.

Obama's aides have not said how the family celebrated New Year's, and offered few details about how they spent Christmas. The family had a natural cut tree in their vacation home, opened presents Christmas morning and enjoyed a traditional dinner of turkey and ham. On Dec. 25, the president-elect visited military families enjoying Christmas dinner at the Marine Corps base.

President Bush, ending his own holiday respite, is scheduled to return to Washington today from his ranch in Crawford, Tex. Bush and the first lady have been away from the White House since Dec. 23, when they went to Camp David before leaving for Texas three days later.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 1, 2009; 4:12 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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Comments

Good God can't Fearful Fred Hiatt and WAPO
stop fawning and swooning over ever damn thing that wimpy effiminate braindead cokehead Barack Hussein Obama does yet now?

Hey Fred Hiatt and WAPO so where is today's
"Obama Went To The Toilet Report" at today?
As,frankly I donot give a damn if Obama went or is onstipated or has diaherra or
whatecver by now! End the Damn Obama Fluff!
WAPO Go Back To Reporting Real News OK?

Posted by: sherrykay2008 | January 2, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

BB:

I am not running for President.

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

jtME - Actually, I read that this is a multimillion dollar estate in the Post. Then again, Barack is the President elect (sorry, Jake, deal) and a best-selling author. Should he stay at a Motel 6? Perhaps the Secret Service could stay across the road at the Super 8.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 1, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

I notice that Washington Post failed to mention the fact that his resort was a really expensive ritzy place, or the expensive rounds of golf. Hmm, Obama seems really in touch with all of us struggling normal folks taking "stay-cations". The hypocrisy is amazing. Liberals would be crucifying a conservative president-elect doing this, but if Obama wants to it's OK. Perhaps he's giving you all "hope" that you'll be able to go there too?

Posted by: jtME | January 1, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

He'll show you his when you show him yours...

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 1, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Did he pick up his LONG FORM birth certificate to bring home?

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

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