Obama and family to leave for Hawaii on Friday evening-White House

WASHINGTON Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:08pm EST

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WASHINGTON Dec 21 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his family are slated to depart for his native state of Hawaii on Friday evening, the White House said shortly after Obama delivered a statement on the fiscal cliff standoff.

Obama had told reporters "see you next week" at the end of his appearance in the briefing room, but the White House did not specify when the president would return to Washington. The Obama family have traditionally spent their Christmas holidays in Honolulu.

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