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WASHINGTON • His last vacation behind him, President Barack Obama is entering the closing stretch of his presidency, an eleventh-hour push to tie up loose ends and put finishing touches on his legacy before handing the reins to President-elect Donald Trump.

Obama returned to Washington midday Monday from Hawaii with less than three weeks left. 7 day hawaii vacation packages His final days will largely be consumed by a bid to protect his endangered health care law, a major farewell speech and the ongoing handover of power to Trump.

In an email to supporters on Monday, Obama said his valedictory speech on Jan. Hawaii couple vacation packages 10 followed a tradition set in 1796 when the first president, George Washington, spoke to the American people for the last time in office.

Hawaii honeymoon The speech will take place at McCormick Place, a giant convention center in Obama’s hometown of Chicago.

“I’m thinking about them as a chance to say thank you for this amazing journey, to celebrate the ways you’ve changed this country for the better these past eight years, and to offer some thoughts on where we all go from here,” Obama said.

Obama’s chief speechwriter, Cody Keenan, traveled with Obama to Hawaii and spent much of the trip working on the speech. Hawaii best deals The Chicago trip will probably be Obama’s last outside Washington as president and will be include a “family reunion” for Obama’s former campaign staffers.

Obama is also planning last-minute commutations and pardons, White House officials said, in line with his second-term effort to cut sentences for inmates given unduly harsh sentences for drug crimes. Hawaii getaways Though prominent offenders such as Edward Snowden and Rod Blagojevich are also asking for leniency, Obama’s final acts of clemency are expected to remain focused on drug offenders whose plight Obama tried but failed to address through criminal justice reform.

After taking office eight years ago, Obama and his aides were effusive in their praise for how Obama’s predecessor, George W. Cheap hotel and flight packages to hawaii Bush, helped his team take over the massive federal bureaucracy. Hawaii island travel Obama has vowed to pass on the favor to Trump. Best deal for hawaii vacation But the transition hasn’t been without incident.

The two teams have clashed over the Trump team’s requests for information Obama aides fear could be used to eliminate government employees who worked on Obama priorities like climate change and minority rights overseas. Package vacations to hawaii Trump’s team, meanwhile, has been frustrated by Obama’s attempts to box Trump in with parting moves to block ocean drilling, declare new monuments and further empty out the Guantanamo Bay prison.

While on his annual vacation in Oahu, Obama asserted himself forcefully on two foreign policy issues that put him in direct conflict with Trump. Vacations hawaii specials Obama directed the U.S. Condos in hawaii to defy tradition by allowing a U.N. Hawaii package tours Security Council resolution criticizing Israel on settlements to pass, then slapped Russia with sweeping penalties over U.S. Hotel flight packages to hawaii allegations of hacking.

The final days are Obama’s last chance to define his presidency before his loses the bully pulpit and cedes his legacy to historians. Hawaii holidays For Obama, helping Americans understand how his two terms have reshaped American life is even more critical amid concerns that Trump may undo much of what he accomplished, including the health law.

As Trump and Republicans vow to gut the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are working to devise a strategy to protect the law by exploiting GOP divisions about how to replace it. Hawaii all inclusive travel packages To that end, Obama will travel Wednesday to the Capitol to meet with House and Senate Democrats, probably his last meeting with his party’s lawmakers as president.

His administration is also working feverishly to finish up regulations in the pipeline that Obama hopes can be completed in the final days, perhaps increasing the likelihood his policies carry over. Waikiki hawaii vacation packages But the closer it gets to Trump’s inauguration, the harder those tasks become.

Though Obama remains president until Jan. Vacation on hawaii 20, the White House can’t process the departure of all its staffers on a single day. Cheap packages to hawaii So this week Obama aides will start “offloading,” turning in their Blackberries and shutting down their computers for the last time, leaving a smaller staff on hand for the final days.

Obama must also prepare to become a private citizen for the first time in two decades. Hawaii accommodation packages An office of the former president must be set up, and Obama’s family will be making arrangements to move into a rental home in northwestern Washington where they plan to stay until their younger daughter, Sasha, finishes high school.

The Obamas have long lamented how the presidency denied them freedom and privacy, with Michelle Obama likening the White House to “a really nice prison.” But on their last Hawaii vacation, the first family took time out to visit Breakout Waikiki, where visitors are “trapped” in a room together and must try, as a team, to escape.