Obamas leave Hawaii after vacation
HONOLULU -- The time for shave ice is over.
President Obama and his family departed for Washington late Monday night Hawaii time, concluding a 12-day vacation in which the president remained almost completely out of public view.
On their last day here, the Obamas went to the zoo, the beach and a shave ice place the president always take his daughters when in Hawaii.
They also briefly visited the cemetery where Obama's maternal grandfather, Stanley Dunham, is buried.
After an intense first two years in office, aides who accompanied Obama here described the trip as a welcome respite in which no major news happened.
The president's flight left around 9:30 p.m. (2:30 a.m. EST). He is scheduled to land in Washington Tuesday morning and meet with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in the afternoon.
Perry Bacon Jr.
| January 4, 2011; 4:07 AM ET
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