Obama rings in new year in low-key fashion


HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama closed out a difficult year in low-key fashion, with hopes for better results to come in 2014, particularly for his troubled health care law.

Obama kicked off the last day of 2013 with an hourlong workout at a military base near his rented vacation home in Hawaii. He and first lady Michelle Obama then headed to Hanauma Bay for a midday snorkeling outing on a sun-splashed day on the island of Oahu.

The White House said the president planned to stay at home Tuesday night and ring in the new year with friends and family.

The president largely stayed out of the spotlight since arriving in Hawaii more than a week ago. He’s spent his days golfing with friends, hiking with his family and hitting the town for dinner at several high-end restaurants he frequents while in his home state.

 

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