See Ya, Mr. President: The Obama Family Departs Tomorrow, Without the President, For Hawaii

By Jared

Dec 17, 2010 12:21pm

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: Unlike President Obama First Lady Michelle Obama, first tweens Malia and Sasha, and even Bo Obama aren’t waiting for Congress to finish up their work before taking off for their Hawaiian vacation. The First Lady’s office says that “given the uncertainty of the President’s schedule,” First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters will be departing on December 18th as originally scheduled to join their family and friends in Hawaii for the holidays, leaving the president behind to wait until the congressional session is wrapped up, as the White House has promised he will do.   “The First Family and Bo will be traveling on a C40B, one of the smaller and most efficient planes available in the White House fleet for this trip.  The President will join them when the Congressional session is complete,” Katie McCormick Lelyveld, Press Secretary to First Lady Michelle Obama said in a statement. In an interview with radio host Tom Joyner last week, President Obama joked that it was a foregone conclusion that his family would take off for warmer weather without him. “Michelle has pointed out that she is leaving on the 18th with or without me," the president joked. "So she has made her arrangements. She is like, 'I hope you come with us, but see ya.'" This week Mrs. Obama told the children of the Obama family’s Christmas traditions in Hawaii. “Because Hawaii is so far away, we often don't — we don’t — only get to go there once a year,” Mrs. Obama said, “And you need a little time when you go to Hawaii because it’s a long flight,” Mrs. Obama said, “And we have a lot of fun traditions and places that we like to go — and going to the zoo.  Even though the kids are getting older, they still like to do the same things over and over again — going to the zoo, going to get shaved ice, swimming in the ocean.” The entire First Family is expected to return to Washington DC on New Year’s Day. –Sunlen Miller

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