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Surfboard-toting staffers, Obama family return from Hawaii vacation

Saul Loeb / AFP - Getty Images

White House staffers Ben Finkenbinder and Nick Shapiro carry surfboards as they walk away from Air Force One after arriving with U.S. President Barack Obama at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The Obamas returned after a two-week vacation in Hawaii.

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U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia, left, and Sasha walk away from Marine One after returning from Hawaii to the White House in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The President spent Christmas and the New Year in Hawaii filling his days with golf, family time, beach visits and reading, and was unusually absent from the spotlight, as he conducted official business behind closed doors.

As the captions state, today the first family returned from a two-week vacation to Hawaii.

We're not sure if Saul Loeb, the photographer of the top image, was caught off guard by the White House staffers walking with the surfboards, but the tilted horizon in that image detracts from what otherwise would be a great feature image.

In other news, look how fast Malia Obama is growing. She is now nearly as tall as her mom.