The First Family rings in the new year in Hawaii.
While millions of Americans rang in the new year with champagne toasts and confetti tosses, the First Family had a decidedly low-key New Year's celebration filled with annual traditions during their year-end Hawaiian vacation.
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Each year, the Obama's host a New Year's Eve family talent show joined by close friends and relatives at their oceanfront vacation compound in Kailua. While there's no word on how the Obama's festivities turned out this year, we're expecting that Sasha, Malia, and the entire Obama clan closed the year out with tons of family fun.
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President Obama has been keeping a low profile during his vacation this week, mostly spending time with his family including hiking, golfing with friends and visiting troops in his native Hawaii. He's also been catching up on quality time with Mrs. Obama, as the two were spotted at one of their favorite Oahu restaurants for a romantic date night on Wednesday.
Yesterday, President Obama used his weekly address to wish Americans a prosperous 2012. “As 2011 comes to an end and we look forward to 2012, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.”