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Deal done, Obama heads back to Hawaii with a weary wink

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President Barack Obama winks as he arrives in a briefing room to make remarks after the House of Representatives acted on legislation intended to avoid the fiscal cliff, at the White House on Jan. 1, 2013.

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President Obama leaves the White House in the early morning hours of January 2, 2013. He will return to Hawaii, after coming back to Washington DC during his holiday to work on the fiscal cliff issue.

President Obama praised lawmakers and Vice President Joe Biden after the House of Representatives voted to pass a Senate measure to avert the most serious impacts of the so-called fiscal cliff.

Reuters reports — President Barack Obama departed the White House on Tuesday to resume his Hawaii vacation shortly after Congress approved legislation that raises taxes on the wealthiest Americans and avoids the fiscal cliff of across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts.

The president left the White House shortly before midnight. He had cut short his vacation to oversee negotiation of a deal before a year-end deadline.

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