Obama returns to capital after Hawaii vacation

By Matthew Daly

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Jan. 6 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

President Barack Obama, with daughter Malia, and first lady Michelle Obama, with daughter Sasha, return from vacationing in Hawaii, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has returned to Washington after a winter vacation in Hawaii that was interrupted by the "fiscal cliff" crisis.

Obama arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Sunday morning after an overnight flight.

The president's annual end-of-year visit to his native state was disrupted just after Christmas when he was forced to return to the capital to help broker a solution on a plan to avert a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that could have plunged the economy back into recession.

He returned to Hawaii on New Year's Day.

Obama faces a full agenda in Washington, including possible appointments of a new defense secretary and CIA director and a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (HAH'-mihd KAHR'-zeye).

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