After a brief vacation in Hawaii, President Obama is on his way back to Washington to address proposed extended tax cuts and looming fiscal cliff.
The president left Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam around 10 p.m. Wednesday night.
Before boarding the plane, the Commander-in-Chief shook hands with military personnel, thanking them for their service.
Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, who was named by Gov. Neil Abercrombie as the replacement for late Sen. Daniel Inouye, flew on Air Force One with the president. The First Lady and daughters are staying in Hawaii at the family's vacation home in Kailua.
The first Family arrived in Hawaii early Saturday morning. During the president's stay, he played golf with some friends, attended Senator Inouye's memorial and visited Marine Corp Base Hawaii on Christmas Day.