By Mike Lillis
President Obama hit the links and dined out with friends on Friday as his Hawaii vacation heads for a close.
In blustery winds and sporadic rains, the president played a long, five-hour round of golf at Oahu's Turtle Bay Resort on a course designed by the golf legend Arnold Palmer. Joining him were White House chef Sam Kass, staffer Marvin Nicholson, and two long-time friends, Bobby Titcomb and Marty Nesbitt.
The Obama's holiday getaway in Hawaii has become an annual tradition since the Illinois Democrat entered the White House in 2009. This year, the trip was interrupted by the 11th-hour battle over "fiscal-cliff" legislation, which forced the president back to Washington, without his family, to urge passage and eventually sign the bill, which he did on Wednesday.
The Obamas are expected to return to Washington on Sunday morning.