HONOLULU -- President Barack Obama is
going to give his wife the birthday present that many parents can only dream of
- time off, alone, without the children.
The White House said on Saturday first
lady Michelle Obama would stay in Hawaii, where the family has been on vacation for the last two weeks, rather than return home with her husband and their two
"As part of her birthday gift from
the president, the first lady will remain in Hawaii to spend time with friends
ahead of her upcoming 50th birthday," a White House official said.
The president was leaving Honolulu late
on Saturday after a vacation that was filled with several games of golf and
dinners out. He and his children are scheduled to arrive in Washington on
The Associated Press compiled a list of
how President Obama spent his last day of vacation in Hawaii on Saturday:
- WEEKLY ADDRESS: Obama used his weekly
radio and Internet address to urge Congress to reinstate job benefits for more
than 1 million Americans. The president said failing to do so will cause the
economy to slow.
A Senate proposal would extend the
benefits for three months. Obama says he will sign it if it passes.
- HIKING: Obama and his wife went on a
brief morning hike Saturday, visiting a popular trail near their Kailua
vacation home that overlooks the ocean.
- GOLF: The president played one last
round of golf at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, having hit the links frequently
during his trip.
- DINNER: For their final dinner in
Hawaii on this trip, the Obamas went to Buzz's Lanikai, a steakhouse and
seafood restaurant across the street from Kailua Beach Park that has been a
regular stop for the family on previous vacations.
- DEPARTURE WITHOUT MICHELLE: Obama and
his daughters departed Honolulu on Saturday night to go back to Washington.