Obama ending vacation, readying for re-election

January 2, 2012 - 1:43 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — With an eye on the 2012 campaign, President Barack Obama is wrapping up a low-key Hawaiian vacation and planning to quickly get back in front of voters as he ratchets up his bid for re-election.

The president is scheduled to leave the island of Oahu Monday evening after a 10-day vacation. He will arrive in Washington Tuesday morning, just hours before Republican presidential candidates square off in the Iowa caucuses, the first nominating contest of the 2012 campaign.

After more than a week out of the spotlight, Obama plans to make his presence in the campaign known quickly.

He will host a live web chat with supporters in Iowa Tuesday night as the caucuses are unfolding. The next day, Obama will travel to Cleveland to talk about the economy.