President-elect Barack Obama will spend the Christmas and New Year's holidays on an extended vacation with his family in Hawaii, Democratic sources confirmed today. The length of the vacation is not yet clear, and transition officials would not comment. Obama last visited the islands in October when his grandmother was sick. The Christmas trek to Hawaii may be a regular occurance for Obama in the White House, which would please the press corps, the Secret Service, WHCA and the locals to no end -- though it must be said: Crawford was probably easier to secure.
Obama vacations there whenever he gets the chance, jetting it before the Democratic National Convention. It was in Hawaii where, his official biography says, he made the final decision to run for president.