Update Dec. 24: Now that health care is passed in the Senate, it's wheels up. The Obamas departed for Hawaii.
Update Dec. 23: Watch GMA video inside the Obamas getaway at Paradise Points Estate here.Update Dec 22: Obama is not leaving on vacation until the work is done:
POTUS said he won't leave on vacation until: "I will not leave until my friends in the Senate have completed their work. My attitude is if they are making these sacrifices to provide health care to all Americans, the least I can do is be around and provide them any encouragement and last-minute help" they may need.The Obama family is heading to Hawaii for Christmas. They will be staying here.
He is expected to arrive in Honolulu Dec. 23 and return Jan. 2, sources said.OnOahu on Twitter is covering Obama's Christmas vacation. Lucky @chucktodd has mainstream media coverage duty.
Christmas in Hawaii has been an Obama tradition, although on previous trips home he visited his grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, who died November 2008. Star Bulletin