By Brooks Baehr - bio | email
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Wednesday afternoon President Barack Obama boarded a flight to Honolulu where he will spend Christmas with his wife and two daughters, but he didn't leave Washington DC until finishing important business.
Mister Obama signed a repeal of the "don't ask don't tell' law, a move that allows openly gay people back into the military. The president celebrated as both the House and Senate passed a bill that will give free medical treatment to first responders of the September 11th terrorist attacks. And he watched as the Senate ratified a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia.
"This is the most significant arms control agreement in nearly two decades, and it will make us safer and reduce our nuclear arsenals along with Russia," Obama said during a nationally televised press conference.
In November critics said Obama had lost his mojo, but despite democrats losing control of the House and losing seats in the Senate, the past few weeks are being hailed as very productive as the president scored several political victories.
"A lot of folks in this town predicted that after the midterm elections, Washington would be headed for more partisanship and more gridlock. And instead, this has been a season of progress for the American people," Obama said.
A few hours after the press conference Obama boarded Air Force One at Andrews Air Force base for the flight to Hawaii. He was expected to arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam just before midnight.