The joint naval and air force base in Hawaii where President Obama and the First Family landed to begin their Christmas vacation was also the site of a town hall meeting in March at which the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff explained to service members the “fiscal realities” facing the U.S. military and discussed the looming threat of sequestration.

President Obama and his family landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam December 22 to begin their Christmas vacation. The Obamas rented private homes for their vacation on Kailua Beach on the island of Oahu.

Obama spent four days in Hawaii before announcing that he will cut his trip early, at 10 pm Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time Wednesday, to return to Washington, D.C. to continue working on a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff.

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