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President Obama to resume Hawaii vacation after signing fiscal cliff bill

President Barack Obama has departed the White House and is on his way back to Hawaii to resume his vacation.

The president left the White House shortly before 7 p.m. Hawaii time, minutes after Congress approved legislation that prevented the national economy from going over the "fiscal cliff."

Obama cut his Hawaii vacation short on Wednesday, returning to Washington to oversee negotiations of a deal before the year-end deadline.

Obama says an effort to change the nation's tax code--one he says is too skewed toward the wealthy--has been achieved with the "deal approved in Congress."

The president said in an appearance late Tuesday in the White House that the House vote to prevent a mix of tax increases and spending cuts avoids a problem that could have sent the economy back into recession.

Obama says the deficit is "still too high" and warns that he will not negotiate with Congress over another increase in the nation's debt ceiling.

The House approved, Senate-backed legislation prevents middle-class tax increases and spending cuts that technically took effect with the new year.

It represented a triumph for Obama after he campaigned for re-election on higher taxes on the wealthy.

Obama should arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

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