May 3, 2013
President Barack Obama got what he wanted from his Hawaiian vacation: nearly two weeks away from the spotlight before returning to Washington to face an emboldened Republican party and a major shakeup of his staff.
The first weeks of the new year will be an early test of whether the president can manage a divided Congress, and build on the victories he secured during the final days of the lame-duck legislative session. And with a host of Republicans readying to run for his job, the administration will simultaneously be laying the groundwork for Obama's re-election bid.
After making only a few brief public appearances during his family vacation in Zimbio