Obama prepares for family holiday

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Posted: Dec 24, 2009 5:16 AM

After working hard to push a massive health care overhaul plan through the Senate, President Barack Obama will finally get to take a vacation with his family.

The Obamas are to fly off Thursday morning to Hawaii, where they're expected to remain through Jan. 3. It will be Obama's first visit to his native state as president. He was born in Hawaii and spent many of his childhood years there.

Before the Obamas leave the White House, the president will deliver some brief remarks.

Obama delayed his vacation until the Senate passed its version of health care overhaul. That was expected to take place around dawn Thursday.